After amassing heaps of runs in first-class cricket, Prithvi Shaw smashed a hundred on his debut match in international cricket on Thursday (October 4). Shaw, at 18 years and 329 days, notched the three-figure mark off 99 balls against West Indies on Day 1 of the first Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.
With this herculean effort, Prithvi also became the youngest Indian to score a Test century on debut. He surpassed the record of Abbas Ali Baig, who at the age of 20 years 131 days, scored 112* on his Test debut against England in Manchester in 1959. Shaw eventually fell for 134, caught and bowled by Devendra Bishoo. His maiden Test innings was laced with 19 boundaries.
Such was the impact of Prithvi Shaw’s masterful knock that batting legend Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t stop himself from marvelling the teenage prodigy.
“Lovely to see such an attacking knock in your first innings, @prithvishaw! Continue batting fearlessly. #INDvWI” Tendulkar tweeted.
Another Mumbai batsman, Rohit Sharma, was in full of praise for Shaw. Rohit hailed the youngster with a pick-up line reading: “Shaw what a show @PrithviShaw”.
In the all-time list, Shaw is the fourth youngest player to hit a debut ton and the second youngest Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to make a Test century. Tendulkar was 17 years 112 days old when he hit his first Test century against England at Old Trafford in 1990.
Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful is the youngest debut Test centurion, with Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza and Pakistan's Saleem Malik the other two players to achieve the feat at a younger age than Shaw.