18 year-old Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to hit a century on debut as he slammed a 99-ball hundred on day one of the first Test against the West Indies in Rajkot on Thursday.
Shaw, a diminutive right-hander, reached his 50 in a quick-fire 56 deliveries. At lunch, he was batting alongside Cheteshwar Pujara, in a strong recovery after India lost an early wicket of KL Rahul.
Shaw then marked his international arrival with an array of strokes against what looked like a toothless West Indian bowling attack. He hit 15 fours in his knock and put on an as yet unbeaten second wicket partnership with Pujara, who was left playing second fiddle to his much younger and more aggressive partner.
The last Indian to score a hundred on Test debut before Shaw was Rohit Sharma, who also reached his milestone against the Windies in November 2013.
Here are some of the best Twitter reactions:
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 4, 2018
So confident, attacking & secure on crease. He seems like a veteran out there, definitely doesn’t look like his debut. Joy to watch you play @PrithviShaw 🙂 (Also just love the on drive with the MRF sticker on the bat, takes me back to the SRT memories!)#PrithviShaw #INDvWI
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) October 4, 2018
Is ladke mein kuch toh bahut khaas hai. Looked that he belongs here from the very first ball he faced. A sign of things to come, well played Prithvi Shaw #IndvWI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 4, 2018
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) October 4, 2018
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) October 4, 2018
💯 for Shaw! #INDvsWI
— Prithi Ashwin (@prithinarayanan) October 4, 2018
Hundred on Ranji debut, hundred on Duleep debut, hundred on Test debut. Know another student from that school…..
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 4, 2018
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) October 4, 2018
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 4, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 4, 2018
Prithvi Shaw only 17,not a bad start to his career with a run a ball 100 on debut! Was impressive in the U19 WC & did well for Delhi Daredevils – watch out!
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 4, 2018
Well played @PrithviShaw the Indian dressing room is chuffed and rightly so! Hundred on debut and many more to come.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 4, 2018
He came, he Shaw, he conquered 💯👏👏#PrithviShaw
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) October 4, 2018
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) October 4, 2018
— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 4, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 4, 2018
Aakash Chopra was a down-to-Prithvi opener.
And for Prithvi Shaw, Aakash is the limit.#ProudOfMyHindiKnowldge
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) October 4, 2018
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 4, 2018
— Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) October 4, 2018
Congratulations to Prithvi Shaw for a hundred on debut. Love the fact that he can score at a strike rate of 100 just batting instinctively without looking to over attack or by taking risks. 👏👏👏🙏#PrithviShaw
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 4, 2018
Fastest centuries on Test debut (balls):
85 Shikhar Dhawan
93 Dwayne Smith
99 PRITHVI SHAW#IndvWI
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 4, 2018
Players to score a century each on Ranji Trophy and Test debut:
Prithvi Shaw and Gundappa Viswanath
Players to score a century each on Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Test debut:
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) October 4, 2018