Prithvi Shaw created history on the first day’s play of the Rajkot Test against West Indies. He struck 134 off 154 balls with 19 fours to help India to a strong position on the first day. Prithvi opened the batting with KL Rahul who departed for a duck. Prithvi then combined with C Pujara to stitch a stand of 206 runs for the second wicket. It was Prithvi Shaw’s record-breaking ton that made him walked into the record books. Here are some statistics of Prithvi Shaw’s record-breaking 134 on his Test debut.
Youngest Indian to score a ton on Test debut
At 18 years and 329 days, Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian batsman to score a Test century on debut. Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful (17 years, 61 days) is the youngest Test centurion on Test debut.
Second youngest Indian Test centurion
Prithvi is also the second youngest Indian Test centurion after Sachin Tendulkar who scored 119* against England at Manchester in 1990, at 17 years and 107 days.
Prithvi Shaw took 99 balls to reach his Test ton on debut. He is the third fastest centurion on Test debut after Shikhar Dhawan (85 balls) and Dwayne Smith (93 balls).
4th youngest Test centurion on debut
Prithvi is the fourth youngest Test centurion on debut after Mohammad Ashraful, Hamilton Masakadza, Saleem Malik.
Youngest Indian to make a fifty-plus score on Test debut
Shaw went past Abbas Ali Baig’s record. Baig had scored fifty against England in 1959 when he was 20 years and 126 days old.
Youngest Indian debutant in the 21st century
Prithvi Shaw is also the youngest specialist Indian batsman to make his Test debut in the 21st century.
7th youngest Test centurion
Prithvi Shaw is the seventh youngest Test centurion. Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful (17 years, 61 days) is the youngest Test centurion.
15th Indian to score a ton on Test debut
Prithvi Shaw is the 15th Indian to score a century on Test debut. Lala Amarnath was the first Indian to score a ton on Test debut. He scored 118 against England at Mumbai.
14 Indians before Prithvi Shaw
Lala Amarnath, Deepak Shodhan, AG Kripal Singh, Abbas Ali Baig, Hanumant Singh, Gundappa Vishwanath, Surender Amarnath, Mohammad Azharuddin, Pravin Amre, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were the previous 14 Indian players to score a Test century on debut.
Prithvi is the 105th player overall to score a ton on Test debut
14th First-Class games
Prithvi has played only 14 First-Class games before his Test debut, the fewest by an Indian specialist batsman after Sachin Tendulkar who played just 9 First-Class games before making his Test debut.
Rohit Sharma was the last Indian Test centurion on debut
Rohit Sharma was the last Indian centurion on Test debut. He cracked 177 on his Test debut against WI in 2013. Co-incidentally, Prithvi Shaw’s 134 on his Test debut too came against WI.