NEW DELHI: Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a century on debut as he slammed a 99-ball ton on Day 1 of the first Test match against West Indies in Rajkot on Thursday.
The 18-year-old opened the innings for India, reached the landmark in the 33rd over off Keemo Paul's bowling. Shaw completed his hundred off 99 balls with 15 boundaries.
However, Shaw could not break the record of the fastest century on Test debut set by Shikhar Dhawan — in 85 balls against Australia at Mohali in 2013.
Prithvi Shaw is the fourth youngest overall to score a century on debut. Bangladesh's Mohammad Ashraful holds the record for scoring 114 on his debut against Sri Lanka when he was 17 years and 61 days old.
The others in the list are Mushtaq Mohammad (Pakistan, 17 years and 78 days), Tendulkar (India, 17 years and 107 days), Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe, 17 years and 352 days), Imran Nazir (Pakistan, 18 years and 154 days) and Saleem Malik (Pakistan, 18 years and 323 days).
Shaw broke a host of records with his debut century and became the second youngest Indian to score a Test century after the great Sachin Tendulkar - who was 17 years and 107 days old when he scored his maiden ton.
He entertained the crowd with some exquisite square cuts, cover drives and straight drives. He is also the youngest Indian to score fifty-plus runs on Test debut for India.
Prithvi Shaw became the 293rd cricketer to play for India in Test matches, who lead India to the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup title, opened the batting with KL Rahul. Earlier, Shaw was handed his debut cap by captain Virat Kohli after India won the toss and decided to bat first.