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India vs West Indies, 1st Test

05 October, 2018, 10:31 | Author: Delia Walker
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Even after losing the wicket of KL Rahul in the very first over, India is a wonderful situation right now, thanks to Prithvi Shaw and Cheteswara Pujara.

Shaw became India's second-youngest century maker after Sachin Tendulkar as he reached three figures early in the second session.

Chesteshwar Pujara added 86 and captain Virat Kohli was 71 not out, as India notched its highest test total in a day's play against the West Indies.

He delivered the masterclass batting style in the first match against Windies. India lead the table with 115 points. His knock came in 154 balls with 19 boundaries.

Shaw reached the landmark with two runs off paceman Keemo Paul, punching his fist in the air as the home crowd gave him a standing ovation. His approach and batting style was praised all over Twitter for being bold and fearless.

In the last one year, Shaw has been sensational and has forced his way into the Indian Test team by performing exceptionally well in the domestic circuit and for India A. The Mumbai batsman has a first class average of 56.72 at a strike rate of 76.69.




"From the smaller age I used to play a lot of school cricket, 30 or 35 school games in a year", said Shaw, who had once scored a record 546 runs in school cricket.

Along the way, Shaw had also become the youngest Indian to score a half-century on Test debut.

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. 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. At the other end, local boy Pujara, who looked far from his best in England, took some time to settle in before joining Shaw in the run-fest.

Meanwhile, India are in a commanding position with 239 runs on the board, losing only 3 wickets.

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

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