The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw on Thursday becomes the youngest Indian to score a century on debut, as the right-handed batsman slammed 134 runs off 154 balls against West Indies on day1 of the first test at Rajkot.
The right-handed batsman scored 19 boundaries in his innings, scoring on both sides of the grounds. The depleted bowling attack of West Indies didn’t have much in their armoury to stop the former under 19 world cup captain, as the 18-year-old batsman scored runs at a very brisk pace, taking only 99 deliveries to score his first century on Debut.
Meanwhile, Shaw now stands seventh in the list of youngest cricketers to have scored a century. Mohammad Ashraful tops the list, having scored the century at the age of 17 years and 61 days, followed by Mushtaq Mohammad (Pakistan, 17 years and 78 days), Tendulkar (India, 17 years and 107 days), Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe, 17 years and 352 days), Imran Nazir (Pakistan, 18 years and 154 days) and Saleem Malik (Pakistan, 18 years and 323 days).
The former under-19 team captain has often been compared to the legend, Sachin Tendulkar. Interestingly, both Sachin and Prithvi had made century on their Ranji and Duleep Trophy debut. However, while it took 13 matches for Tendulkar to score an International hundred, Shaw scored his maiden test century on debut.
Back in the early days of Prithvi’s career, Sachin Tendulkar was once asked to give advice to the Indian batsman, who told him to never change the grip of his bat, seeing the talent he possessed with the bat.
“I asked him not to change his grip or stance, irrespective of any future instructions from his coaches. If anyone asks you to do so, tell them to come talk to me. Coaching is good, but overcooking a player with tweaks is not,” Tendulkar said on his app ‘100MB’
Earlier, Virat Kohli had won the toss and opted to bat first. India on Day 1, has already scored 314 runs in just 77 overs, losing their top three batsmen.