The talented and young batsman from Mumbai, Prithvi Shaw bagged the man of the match award in his debut game courtesy a brilliant hundred in the first Test against Windies at Rajkot.
Meanwhile, India produced a clinical effort to rout Windies by an innings and 272 runs to go 1-0 up in the two-match Test series. After a dismal tour England, India was desperate to start the tour on a high and this will certainly be a morale booster.
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The visiting Windies team led by Kraigg Braithwaite failed to offer any resistance in the three-day game. India picked 14 wickets inside two sessions and a bit a more to push them away from the game. Roston Chase (57) and Keiron Powell (83) were the only batsmen who managed to cross the fifty-run mark for Windies.
On the other hand, Kuldeep Yadav bagged his first five-wicket haul in Test as he single-handedly demolished the Caribbeans in the second essay. However, Ravichandran Ashwin did the job in the first innings with four wickets.
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Previously, the batsmen produced the monumental effort to post a mammoth total of 649 runs on the board. Prithvi Shaw, Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja were the three centurions for India while Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara contributed with fifties.
However, among the three centuries, the flamboyance of Prithvi Shaw stood out.
He showed some tremendous guts to take guard in the first ball of his first ever Test match. He dominated the Windies bowlers bringing his century in just 99 balls. However, Prithvi Shaw eventually got out on 134 runs. In doing so, he became the 15th Indian and second Indian opener to score a debut Test century.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Prithvi Shaw put the team success over himself. He also admitted that he wanted to play his natural game and wants to continue with it.
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“It was a great win for the team, more happy for the team. Can’t imagine my debut like this. Whenever you play international cricket, there’s always a challenge. Was looking to play my natural game, like I do in first-class,” Prithvi Shaw said after the game.