Prithvi Shaw becomes Indias youngest debut century-maker

Indian cricketers during a training session ahead of the first Test against West Indies

Earlier, Opting to bat, the hosts lost K.L. Rahul for a duck in the very first over of the two-match series as Caribbean pacer Shannon Gabriel caught the Indian opener in front of the wickets.

Shaw is also the second youngest Indian ever to score a Test century after Sachin Tendulkar who cracked a ton at 17 years and 107 days in 1990 vs England in Manchester.

With hundreds on debut in Ranji trophy, Duleep trophy and Irani Trophy, all eyes were on Prithvi after it was announced he is set to make his debut in the first Test match.

India have won the toss and elected to bat.

"From the smaller age I used to play a lot of school cricket, 30 or 35 school games in a year", said Shaw, who had once scored a record 546 runs in school cricket. He is still young and with time will mature as a batsman and as a cricketer so it is important that India give him enough opportunities. Kemar Roach returned home for the funeral of his grandmother, and captain Jason Holder withdrew because of an ankle injury. He also produced a delightful straight drive on way to reaching his half-century which came off 56 balls.

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Any hopes West Indies had of finding further immediate breakthroughs were then dashed as Shaw and Pujara combined in a 206-run second wicket stand to consolidate the innings. India regular test openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay were dropped after poor form during the recent tour of England.

He built a solid partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara.

Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (41) added 105 for the fourth wicket to continue India's progress before the latter was caught behind to off-spinner Roston Chase.

Shaw, who was 75 not out at lunch, reached the three figures in the afternoon session with a typical punch to the cover, the same way he got his first runs in worldwide cricket. Overall, he faced 137 balls and hit only four boundaries, not the most fluent knock by the world's No 1-ranked test batsman.

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