Shaw, at 18 years and 329 days, reached the historic three-figure mark (100) off just 99 balls with 15 boundaries against West Indies on Day 1 of the opening Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot.
The 18-year-old boy from Mumbai, who became India’s 293rd Test player, kept things simple and trusted on his attacking batting skills.
India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch with a green tinge. India got off to a nightmare start, when opener KL Rahul was lost for a duck in the very first over of the two-match series, as Caribbean pacer Shannon Gabriel caught the Indian opener in front of the wickets. However, Shaw and Pujara denied the visitors any further breakthrough as they played a sensible innings to add 130 runs in 25 overs.
In November 2013 Prithvi had set the highest score by any batsman in any organised form of cricket since 1901 when he hit 546 in a Harris Shield elite division match until the record was surprassed by Pranav Dhanawade on 4 January 2016.
Shaw was also the central figure in the documentary film Beyond All Boundaries, and has twice been selected to travel to England to further his cricketing education.
This is how Twitterati reacted to the 18-year-old’s debut Test performance: