Rajkot: Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a Test century on debut as India rode on the Mumbai teenager's fluent 134 to post 232/3 at Tea against the West Indies in the first Test here on Thursday.
Kraigg Brathwaite, who is standing as captain after Jason Holder suffered a last-minute ankle injury, juggled his bowlers who often looked toothless.
India were 364 for four at stumps after electing to bat first.
The 18-year-old Shaw, who was chosen ahead of uncapped Mayank Agarwal and one-Test-old Hanuma Vihari from the 15-man squad, is expected to open alongside Lokesh Rahul.
Often a tad flashy with his shot selection, Shaw was fluent on both sides of the wicket and hit 19 boundaries in his maiden test knock. Barring Gabriel, the other bowlers failed to hit the right line and length to Shaw and that allowed the young batsman to play to his strength. Pujara too looked at ease at the other end until he was caught behind off debutant Sherman Lewis, missing out on a 16th Test ton.
India lost a wicket in the very first over but then Pujara and Shaw scored 206 for the second wicket.
Shaw, a diminutive right-hander, reached his 50 in a quickfire 56 deliveries. And the West Indies attack was depleted.
Their lead pacer, Kemar Roach, was already ruled out of the series opener due to a bereavement in the family.
Meanwhile, Shaw who played only 14 First-Class matches prior to his Test debut, became the least experienced "batsman" to make Test debut for India since Sachin (9 FC matches).
Shaw, however, continued batting with confidence and his first boundary came in the second over bowled by Keemo Paul, another back foot punch towards the point boundary.
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