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 looked in brilliant touch against the West Indies bowlers and he was able to reach the milestone thanks to 15 boundaries. In the process, he became the fourth youngest batsman overall to score a century on debut after Mohammad Ashraful, Hamilton Masakadza and Saleem Malik.
Shaw announced his arrival with a historic 546 for Rizvi Springfield against St Francis D’Assisi in the prestigious Harris Shield as he became the became the first schoolboy cricketer to hit a 500 plus score in an official inter-school match.
He also became the first Indian cricketer to score a century on debut in the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and in Test matches. Sachin Tendulkar also scored a century on his Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debut, but the legendary batsman had to wait for 13 matches to score his first Test century.
Shaw became the second-youngest Indian test cricketer after Vijay Mehra, who made his debut at 17 years, 265 days against New Zealand in 1955 and he was the 13th youngest Indian cricketer overall to play a Test match.