Highly impressed by his debut in International Cricket, batting great VVS Laxman has said that it is the understanding and maturity, which stood out from the way Prithvi Shaw went about his business during that dominating knock of 134 in just over a session on Day 1 against the West Indies at Rajkot.
Shaw exhibited his class and told everyone why he has always been rated as a child prodigy. It is the confidence and excellent temperament which stood out very early from Pant and he simply raced his way through a magnificent first innings at the highest level.
"Prithvi Shaw is certainly cut out for bigger things. It was heart-warming to see him produce a spectacular century on debut," VVS wrote in his column for the Gulf News, "The young man wasn’t overawed by the occasion or the stage, and played in much the same manner as he does in first-class cricket — with a dominant, attacking mindset."
He further analysed, "His approach revolves around getting on top of the bowling and imposing himself and he played true to character," and added, "That he understands his game so well at such a tender age, and is also mature way beyond his years, indicate that he one for the long haul."
Laxman is also delighted with the way the Virat Kohli led team stuck to their plans and strived to execute them perfectly despite the quality of the opposition.
He wrote, "The sign of a top team is that it sticks to its gameplans, no matter the quality of the opposition. India didn’t take their foot off the pedal even though the Windies hardly pushed them, which is another excellent sign."
India now leads the two-match Test series 1-0. The second Test at Hyderabad starts on Friday, October 12.