Prithvi Shaw gave a perfect start to the India and West Indies Test series, as the teenager notched up a debut century on day one of the Test at Rajkot.
Shaw scored 134 off 154 balls with 19 fours and received praise from all quarters, as he bought up his century off just 99 deliveries.
MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors and the main reason behind Shaw’s inclusion in the Indian team, had nothing but praise for the 18-year-old opener.
“He batted like someone who has played 50 Test matches. He is an unbelievable talent and hopefully if he is nurtured well, he will serve Indian cricket for a long long time,” Prasad told PTI.
Shaw is the first Indian specialist batsman to have been given a Test debut in his teens after Sachin Tendulkar in 1989. Harbhajan Singh was 18, Piyush Chawla and Parthiv Patel 17 and Ishant Sharma 19 when they played their maiden Tests, but none was a batsman in particular.
At the age of 17, Shaw became the youngest player to score a century on Duleep Trophy and Ranji Trophy debut, a record previously held by Tendulkar.