Records tumble as Prithvi Shaw scores hundred on Test debut in Rajkot

Shaw bats during the first day of the first cricket test match between India and West Indies. — AP

In the India vs West Indies first test, teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw announced his arrival in top-flight cricket by becoming the youngest Indian to score a Test century on debut and take the Indian cricket team to 364 for four against West Indies at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.

Ravindra Jadeja smashed his maiden worldwide century as India posted their highest total against the West Indies after declaring on 649-9 in the first Test in Rajkot on Friday. Indian bowlers came out and ran through West Indies' top order with Mohammed Shami removing the openers cheaply.

Shaw is also the seventh youngest to score a Test century after Ashraful, Mushtaq Mohammad (17 years and 78 days), Masakadza, Tendulkar, Imran Nazir (18 years and 154 days) and Malik.

It meant a Test debut for the inexperienced 22-year-old Sherman Lewis and also saw Keemo Paul, at age 20 and with a single Test to his name, having to share the new ball with speedster Shannon Gabriel.

Shaw and Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket as the tourists were sent on a leatherhunt for large parts of the second session.

Pujara, who is inching closer to 5,000 Test runs, ensured India a solid start with Shaw, smashed 14 boundaries. Rahane played 92 balls and slammed five boundaries.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo claimed four wickets in an otherwise toothless West Indies bowling attack.

With the achievement, Shaw became the fourth youngest player to score a hundred on debut and the youngest ever Indian. During his knock, Kohli also amassed 3000 Test runs in India (53 innings).

Shaw's hundred is a massive one for India in two respects - one, it breaks the kind of monopoly that the Vijay-Dhawan pair enjoyed and two, it shows that India can benefit from moving on from tried and tested options.

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