For debut hundred, Prithvi Shaw did what he likes best: Dominate bowlers


Shaw, at 18 years and 329 days, reached the historic three-figure mark off just 99 balls at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

Skipper Virat Kohli, who was all smiles when young Shaw raised his bat after reaching the milestone, was at the crease on 4 with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (batting 0) with Shaw offering an easy return catch to leggie Devendra Bishoo trying to play against the turn.

Prithvi Shaw made 134 off 154 deliveries, getting to his maiden hundred off 98 deliveries with 15 fours, shortly after lunch on the opening day of the first Test.

"I just kept on going. I still believe he is a work in progress and as he plays more and more worldwide cricket, he will only get better", said Prasad. Former captain of Australia's worldwide women's cricket team Lisa Sthalekar ina tweet said, "WOW, how impressive is @PrithviShaw. Our goal will be to play some good cricket, definitely to dominate from the first match and improvement as a batsman, as a bowler and as a team, that would be the focus", he added. After that, I didn't feel the pressure that I felt at the start of the innings.

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"I remember him scoring a double hundred as a 12-year-old in a U-14 T20 tournament organised by Gymkhana".

"I was not thinking about it as my first game, I was just thinking that it's another game and it just happened". For India, the previous youngest to face the first ball of a Test was Budhi Kunderan at 20 years and 113 days against Australia in 1959-60.

The now-retired Tendulkar, India's most successful batsman, was aged 17 when he scored 119 not out against England in 1990, but that was in his ninth Test match. If you want to succeed at the worldwide level you've got to be a fast learner. When I came to Under-19 I played a lot of cricket and got a lot of experience. Prithvi Shaw's journey has just begun and the world is his playground. Then came his first full Ranji season where he enhanced his reputation with three hundreds in different conditions.

Though he did not get to don the whites in England, Shaw got a tip or two from the senior cricketers - something that helped him immensely. "I am really confident and looking forward to doing well and keep contributing towards my team", he added.