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Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts West Indies on backfoot

05 October 2018

There was no shortage of excitement on the first day of the Rajkot Test even though India were playing against a team ranked far low in the global list. Youngsters like Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have been given a chance in the Test squad to prove their worth.

On the other hand, Umesh Yadav and Mohamed Shami will be leading the pace attack, which sees the absence of rested Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. With these two batting exceptionally, India are in a dominant position in the first Test.

"Playing for India, it was a big thing for me".

With tea beckoning, West Indies struck twice to temporarily stall India's progress. In less than a week's time after defending their title as the Asian Champions, they are back to Test cricket facing West Indies in a two-match series.

Kohli, who was criticised for sitting out the Asia Cup won by the Rohit Sharma-led India in the United Arab Emirates, said rest in between long tours will be key for keeping players fit ahead of the World Cup in 2019. And the 18-year old batsman lived up to the expectations of everyone with a maiden hundred on his debut.

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He drove paceman Keemo Paul on the up through covers to reach triple figures off 99 balls, becoming the fourth youngest to score a hundred on debut.

Nonetheless, batsmen have always enjoyed the Rajkot conditions and thus both teams would be looking to bat first after winning the toss. With batsman like Craig Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai hope and bowlers like Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo, they are capable of doing some damage to the Indian side. As Shikhar Dhawan isn't included in team, Mumbai teen Prithvi Shaw will open with KL Rahul.

Teenager Shaw's debut ton puts West Indies on backfoot