Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw (Getty Images)

Suresh Raina is highly impressed with the way Prithvi Shaw began his Test career with a memorable century one debut saying his scoring rate reminds him of Virender Sehwag.

Making his debut at 18, Shaw showed no signs of nerves as he clattered 19 fours in his 134 to reach three figures inside two and a half hours in the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot on Thursday.

“He played really well,” Raina was quoted as saying by IANS on Thursday. “Nice, hardworking guy. He reminds me of Viru (Virender Sehwag). The brisk rate at which he scores runs and his fearlessness. The way he played his shots is pure class. He is one for the future,” he said.

Shaw is the 15th Indian batsman to score a century on Test debut and the youngest from his country to achieve the feat. Raina, however, feels that it’s early to predict whether Shaw is the stable opener India are searching for in Test cricket. “It’s too early to say that. Let’s hope for the best,” Raina, who also scored a century on Test debut, said.

The 31-year-old, who is currently playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, refused to dive into the lack of communication issue between selectors and dropped players. “The selectors should address the issue. I don’t want to comment on that,” he said.