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Prithvi Shaw becomes fourth youngest to hit century on Test debut

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Teenaged India opening batsman Prithvi Shaw became the fourth youngest to score a century on Test debut as he brought up his milestone against the West Indies during the first Test in Rajkot on October 4, 2018.

Shaw, aged 18 years and 329 days, also surpassed the likes of Kapil Dev and Abbas Ali Baig on the list of youngest Indian Test centurions and sits only behind Sachin Tendulkar (17 years and 107 days), though Tendulkar’s feat didn’t come on his debut Test.

On the list of all-time youngest centurions on debut, only Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful, Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza and Pakistan’s Saleem Malik have scored hundreds at an age younger than Shaw’s.

The Mumbai batsman also became the 15th Indian batsman to hit a century on Test debut. Coincidentally, the last Indian to score a century on Test debut, Rohit Sharma, also got his hundred against the West Indies, in November 2013.

Shaw brought up his feat in the second session of the first day, off just 99 balls, thereby becoming the second fastest Indian to a hundred on debut after Shikhar Dhawan, who got his ton off 85 balls against Australia in March 2013.

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