1st Test: Prithvi Shaw slams gritty half-century on debut, India 89/1 after 18 overs

WION Web Team Rajkot, Gujarat, India Oct 04, 2018, 10.56 AM(IST)

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he 18-year-old slammed seven boundaries and played at a strike rate of 89.29.

Prithvi Shaw slammed a gritty fifty on his debut game against West Indies in Rajasthan's Rajkot on Thursday.

Shaw, who opened with KL Rahul, displayed his cricketing prowess by playing some stunning shots to reach his half-century in just 56 balls. 

The 18-year-old slammed seven boundaries and played at a strike rate of 89.29.

Rahul, on the other hand, lost his wicket in the first over. He was sent back to the pavilion for a duck after being lbw by Shannon Gabriel.

Shaw found any ally in veteran Cheteshwar Pujara, who has also crossed the boundary line seven times, so far.

Prithvi, who earned a maiden Indian call-up midway into the England tour but did not get a game, has been preferred over Mayank Agarwal in the playing XI for the series opener against West Indies.

In the domestic circuit, Prithvi showed maturity beyond years, notching up fine hundreds on his Ranji and Duleep Trophy debuts, a few years after bursting onto the Mumbai scene with a bang. Shaw also led India to U-19 World Cup triumph.

The young Mumbai batsman was part of the Indian squad for the last two Test matches against England but didn't get an opportunity as the team management decided to persist with Shikhar Dhawan and K L Rahul.