Flamboyant opener Prithvi Shaw celebrated his inclusion in the national cricket team in style, becoming the youngest Indian to score a Test century on debut.
At 18 years and 329 days, Shaw is also the seventh youngest centurion in Test cricket history. Shaw scored his hundred on the opening day of the First Test match against West Indies in Rajkot on Thursday.
Only one Indian, Sachin Tendulkar, is ahead of him in the list of youngest Test centurions at number 3. He was 17 years and 112 days old when he scored a century against England at Manchester in 1990.
The youngest-ever Test centurion is Mohammad Ashraful of Bangladesh; he was 17 years and 65 days old when he hit a hundred against Sri Lanka in 2001.
Left-handed India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has the fastest Test century on debut, in terms of the number of balls faced. He scored it off 85 balls, in the Mohali Test versus Australia in 2013.
Shaw reached his century off 99 balls, and ended with a score of 134 off 154 balls before he was caught and bowled by Devendra Bishoo in the post-lunch session.
From Young Gun To Senior Team
Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw had led India to a record fourth title win in the U-19 Cricket World Cup; the team defeated Australia by eight wickets in the final in February this year.
Shaw scored a century on his First Class debut, scoring 120 against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy semi-final in January 2017. He has had a terrific run since, and has seven hundreds and five fifties with a highest score of 188 from only 14 matches.
He was selected by Delhi Daredevils during the Indian Premier League (IPL). Shaw was sold for Rs 1.2 crores during the players’ IPL auction 2018.
Shaw shot to prominence as a 14-year-old schoolboy, when he scored 546 off 330 balls in the Harris Shield tournament in Mumbai in 2013. His innings had 85 boundaries and five sixes.