Indian batsmen who made their Test debut as teenagers
Here we look at a list of batsmen who made their debut for India before turning 20 in Test cricket and the impact they created.
Showing consistency at various and his stroke-play helped Prithvi Shaw seal a spot in the Indian Test squad before his 19th birthday. However, Shaw isn’t guaranteed to make debut in the final two Test matches but could well be in the mix for the next 12 months.
He has a good chance of making his debut as early by this October when Windies tour India for a 2-match Test series. This series could be used as a warm-up with the Australian tour scheduled for later this year. Here we look at the list of batsmen who made their debut for India before turning 20 in Test cricket and the impact they created.
6. Apoorva Sengupta:
Apoorva Sengupta’s Test debut in 1959 was rather interesting as he had featured in only four first-class matches. He scored an unbeaten 100 on FC debut for Services against the West Indians but didn’t manage even a 40 in the next three matches where he opened the innings. However, Sengupta bagged a 6-wicket haul against Delhi in his 3rd game.
Coming into the 4th Test of the home series against the West Indies, India were missing the services of Ghulam Ahmed and Vijay Manjrekar. Ghulam announced his retirement under controversial circumstances while Manjrekar opted out of the game. Thus, Sengupta was drafted in for Manjrekar and was granted a debut at the age of 19 years and 171 days. The UP-born player scored 1 and 8 respectively in what turned out to be his last game as well.