Kohli quickest to 24th Test ton after Bradman

Elena Summers
October 5, 2018

After all, Prithvi Shaw had become the youngest player to score a hundred on Duleep Trophy debut in 2017. Ajinkya Rahane contributed 41 runs.

India were dealt an early blow in the opening Test. KL Rahul was trapped leg before wicket by Shannon Gabriel.

He reached his half-century off 56 deliveries and was unbeaten on 75 off 74 deliveries at lunch as India reached 133 for one, with Pujara on 56.

Teenager Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a century on Test debut as the hosts reached 232-3 at tea on day one of the first match against West Indies on Thursday.

Kohli, who scored his 11th Test hundred in India and 8th as captain at home, was also the second fastest to 24 Test centuries after Don Bradman (66) as the Indian cricket team skipper took 123 innings to reach the milestone.

Tendulkar was 17 years and 107 days old while Shaw is 18 years and 329 days old when he got to his century. His innings was laced with 15 boundaries.

Shaw just needed 99 balls to get the landmark as he toyed with the weakened West Indies bowling, which missed captain Jason Holder and pacer Kemar Roach. Subsequently, Shaw offered an easy return catch to leggie Devendra Bishoo trying to play against the turn. However, Shaw remained unfazed and kept playing his natural game in the company of Cheteshwar Pujara.

Shaw's innings was studded with 19 fours while Pujara hit 14 boundaries before poking at a length ball half-heartedly to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off pacer Sherman Lewis, who bagged his first Test scalp.

The Mumbaikar punched the second ball he faced towards the cover boundary for a three, his first runs in global cricket, easing whatever nerves left inside.

Electing to bat, India were 364 for 4 at stumps.

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