Prithvi Shaw slams hundred on Test debut

India's 50 was completed in the 11th over

With this feat, he also became the youngest Indian to score a century on debut for India in Tests.

He became the second youngest Indian to score a maiden hundred after Sachin Tendulkar (17 years, 112 days) in 1990 against England. He handed a return catch to Devendra Bishoo and departed after a prolific 134 off just 154 balls when the Indian scorecard read 232/3.

Shaw, who is being touted as the next big thing in Indian cricket, has even been named in the 12-man squad that India had announced on the eve of the first Test and is likely to make his debut on Thursday.

After India opted to bat first, Prithvi opened the innings with Lokesh Rahul. Gabriel trapped his opening partner Rahul in front with a sharp incoming delivery to give the West Indies an early breakthrough.

Kraigg Brathwaite, standing in as captain after Jason Holder suffered a last-minute ankle injury, juggled his bowlers but the absence of the experienced Kemar Roach and Holder was painfully evident.

India cashed in on the weakened attack by scoring quickly and already, the Windies face a long road back into the match, heading into Friday's day two.

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Shaw reached his half-century off 56 balls, and Pujara scored his 19th test half-century off 67 balls as the duo scored at 5.32 runs per over in the morning session.

Pujara also played an uncharacteristically quick knock as he brought up fifty off 67 deliveries, but missed out on his hundred after being caught behind off debutant paceman Sherman Lewis.

Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, who made 41, took over from Shaw with a patient 105-run partnership despite West Indies bowlers keeping a tidy line and length to check the flow of runs in the final session of play.

After losing the Test series in England, a Virat Kohli-less India won the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Shaw's hundred is a massive one for India in two respects - one, it breaks the kind of monopoly that the Vijay-Dhawan pair enjoyed and two, it shows that India can benefit from moving on from tried and tested options.

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