Stats round-up: Shaw smashes records with debut ton


Shaw became the 15th batsman to score a century on Test debut for India. © AFP

Prithvi Shaw did live up to the hype on his much-anticipated India debut, notching up a well-deserved three-figure score. Opting to bat, India lost KL Rahul for a blob in the first over of the day but the youngster settled the nerves with a 206-run second wicket stand with Cheteshwar Pujara. Shaw brought up his maiden Test ton shortly after lunch hitting Keemo Paul to the backward point boundary. He was dismissed at the stroke of tea by Devendra Bishoo, for a well made 134.

The records Shaw broke on Day 1 of his Test career

4 Shaw became the fourth youngest specialist batsman at the time of his Test debut for India. The players younger than him include Sachin Tendulkar (16y 205d) in 1989, Vijay Mehra (17y 265d) in 1955 and AG Milkha Singh (18y 13d) in 1960.

2 players younger than Shaw at the time of making maiden Test fifty for India – Tendulkar being the youngest at 16 years & 214 days old when he made 59 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 1989 in his second Test. The other player to do so was Parthiv Patel who was 18 years & 301 days old when he hit 62 against Australia at the SCG in 2004.

15 Shaw became the 15th player to score a hundred on Test debut for India. 134 scored by him is the fourth highest by a debutant for India after 187 by Shikhar Dhawan, 177 by Murali Vijay and 137 by Gundappa Vishwanath.

Highest scores on debut for India

Player Runs Against Venue Season Age
Shikhar Dhawan 187 Aus Mohali 2012/13 27y 101d
Rohit Sharma 177 WI Kolkata 2013/14 26y 191d
Gundappa Viswanath 137 Aus Kanpur 1969/70 20y 281d
Prithvi Shaw 134 WI Rajkot 2018/19 18y 329d
Sourav Ganguly 131 Eng Lord’s 1996 23y 350d
Surinder Amarnath 124 NZ Auckland 1975/76 27y 26d
Suresh Raina 120 SL Colombo (SSC) 2010 23y 244d

At 18 years & 329 days, Shaw is the fourth youngest to score a ton in his maiden Test after Mohammad Ashraful, Hamilton Masakadza and Saleem Malik. Shaw also happens to be the second teenager at the time of his maiden Test hundred for India after Sachin Tendulkar who was only 17 years & 112 days when he hit an unbeaten 119 in Old Trafford in 1990.

Youngest to score 100 on Test debut

Player Age Runs For Against Venue Season
Mohammad Ashraful 17y 64d 114 Ban SL Colombo (SSC) 2001
Hamilton Masakadza 17y 354d 119 Zim WI Harare 2001
Saleem Malik 18y 328d 100* Pak SL Karachi 1981/82
Prithvi Shaw 18y 329d 134 Ind WI Rajkot 2018/19
Mohammad Wasim 19y 108d 109* Pak NZ Lahore 1996/97

3 Shaw became the third player to score a century on both his first-class and Test debut after India’s Gundappa Viswanath and Australia’s Dirk Welham. Shaw made 120 against Tamil Nadu on his first-class debut in the semifinals of Ranji Trophy 2016/17 season at the same venue where he made his Test debut.

Shaw’s debut scores

Format Score(s) For Against Venue Season
Ranji Trophy 4 & 120 Mumbai Tamil Nadu Rajkot 2016/17
Youth Tests 86 & 69 India U19 England U19 Chesterfield 2017
Duleep Trophy 154 & 31 India Red India Blue Lucknow 2017
Irani Cup 51 Rest of India Vidarbha Nagpur 2017/18
India A 0 & 188 India A West Indies A Beckenham 2018
Tests 134 India Windies Rajkot 2018/19

3 Shaw became the third player to score a hundred in less than as many deliveries in his maiden Test (where balls are recorded). The other two to do so are Dhawan (85 balls vs Australia, Mohali, 2013) and Dwayne Smith (93 balls vs South Africa, Cape Town, 2004).

5 Shaw became the fifth Indian player to score his maiden Test century in fewer than 100 balls. The others in this rare club include Dhawan (85 balls), Hardik Pandya (86), MS Dhoni (93) and Kris Srikkanth (97).

Fastest maiden Test 100s for India

Player Balls to 100 Final score Balls faced Against Venue Season
Shikhar Dhawan 85 187 174 Aus Mohali 2012/13
Hardik Pandya 86 108 96 SL Pallekele 2017
MS Dhoni 93 148 153 Pak Faisalabad 2005/06
Kris Srikkanth 97 116 117 Aus SCG 1985/86
Prithvi Shaw 99 134 154 WI Rajkot 2018/19

206-run partnership between Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara is the third highest second wicket stand for India against Windies after the unbeaten 344 by Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar in Kolkata in 1978 and 237 between Pankaj Roy and Vijay Manjrekar in Kingston in 1953.

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