Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts India on top

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After Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara added 206 runs for the second wicket, Virat Kohli too chose to join the run-fest. He is the 293rd cricketer to represent India in Test cricket and at the age of 18 years 329 days Shaw became India's second youngest opener after Vijay Mehra, who was 17 years 265 days at Bombay's Brabourne Stadium against the Kiwis in Dec 1955.

Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Rishab Pant return to the pavilion after the end of the test cricket match played between India and West Indies, in Rajkot.

He delivered the masterclass batting style in the first match against Windies.

Shaw led India's fightback after they lost opener Lokesh Rahul for nought in the very first over off Shannon Gabriel.

More than half of his runs came through boundaries, 19 in total. His approach and batting style was praised all over Twitter for being bold and fearless.

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Prithvi Shaw scored at better than a run a ball before lunch on his test debut in Rajkot. He is also the third batsman after Shikhar Dhawan (85 balls) and Dwayne Smith (93) to hit his debut ton in under 100 balls. "All that experience has helped me", added the Mumbai-born Shaw.

Shaw is the seventh youngest global batsman to score his first Test century.

Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Ashraful is the youngest debut Test centurion, followed by Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza and Pakistan's Salim Malik. Kemar Roach returned home for the funeral of his grandmother, and captain Jason Holder withdrew because of an ankle injury. Roach will be absent as he has flown back to attend a family issue and the lack of top-quality spinners is a cause for concern. Skipper Virat Kohli (72 not out off 137) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (41 off 92) then took the innings forward with a 105-run stand in the final session, putting India in the driver's seat before the latter was caught behind off spinner Roston Chase.

Besides Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara also scored a good looking 86 in his own backyard but missed out on a hundred.

With tea beckoning, West Indies struck twice to temporarily stall India's progress.

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