Prithvi Shaw: The 18-yr-old cricketer who shocked India

New Delhi: On Thursday, 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to make a century on his Test debut on day one of the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot. He is the 293rd cricketer to play for India in Test matches.

Shaw, 18, reached his hundred off just 99 balls to surpass the record of Abbas Ali Baig. After KL Rahul fell lbw to Shannon Gabriel for a duck, Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara (86) added 206 for the second wicket. Shaw eventually fell for 134, including 19 fours, as India closed on 364-4.

The opener is also the fourth youngest cricketer of all time to hit a debut ton and the second youngest Indian to make a Test century after Sachin Tendulkar.

Who is Prithvi Shaw?

  1. Born on November 9, 1999, in Maharashtra’s Thane, Shaw shot to prominence as a 14-year old when he scored 546 off 330 balls, an innings that contained 85 fours and five sixes, for his school Rizvi Springfield in the Harris Shield, an age-group cricket tournament in Mumbai in 2013. Shaw’s innings was then the highest score in school cricket.
  2. Prithvi Shaw (18 years 329 days) is India’s second youngest opener after Vijay Mehra, who was 17 years 265 days at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium against New Zealand in December 1955.
  3. The only other ‘Shaw’ to play Test cricket was England’s Alfred Shaw, who had the distinction of delivering the first ever ball in Test cricket on March 15, 1877.
  4. Prithvi Shaw led India lifted to the U-19 World Cup title in 2018. As skipper, he scored 261 runs in six matches, becoming the highest run-scorer among Indian captains in the tournament’s history. He surpassed Unmukht Chand’s tally of 246 runs in the 2012 edition of the tournament.
  5. Prithvi Shaw became the second youngest player – after Sachin Tendulkar – to score a century for Mumbai, achieving the feat on his Ranji debut at the age of 17.
  6. Prithvi Shaw impressed with his performances in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) as he finished the edition with 245 runs in 9 innings at a strike rate in excess of 150 for Delhi Daredevils.
  7. At 17 years and 320 days, Prithvi Shaw became the second youngest player to score a three-figure mark in the Duleep Trophy with the record once again belonging to Sachin Tendulkar.
  8. Shaw was a central figure in the documentary film Beyond All Boundaries and has twice selected to travel to England to further his cricketing education.
  9. Shaw has earned a deal worth Rs 36 lakh with SG, which has been endorsed by stalwarts like Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag in the past.
  10. Ashok Gupta (later changed to Shaw), father of Prithvi, migrated to Maharastra, with ancestral roots in Gaya, Bihar. Prithvi lost his mother at a young age of four.