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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

Prithvi Shaw becomes youngest Indian to score century on his Test debut

The 18 year old races to a century off just 99 balls in the first Test against West Indies on Thursday.

Prithvi Shaw hit a century on his Test debut for India off just 99 balls against West Indies in the first Rajkot Test. AP Photo
Prithvi Shaw hit a century on his Test debut for India off just 99 balls against West Indies in the first Rajkot Test. AP Photo

Teenager Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a century on debut in the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot on Thursday.

Shaw, who is 18 years and 329 days old, reached his hundred off just 99 deliveries in the second session on day one.

He becomes India's second youngest century-maker after Sachin Tendulkar, who in 1990 was 17 years and 107 days when he scored 119 not out against in England in Manchester, but that was in his ninth Test match.

Shaw, a diminutive right-hander, reached the landmark with two runs off paceman Keemo Paul and punched his fist in the air as he was given a standing ovation by the home crowd.

Shaw is the seventh youngest international batsman to score his first Test century. He is also the third batsman after Shikhar Dhawan (85 balls) and Dwayne Smith (93) to hit his debut ton in under 100 balls.

He was eventually out for 134, caught and bowled by Devendra Bashoo, as India looked set for a big first innings score on 232-3.

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