Twitter Reactions: Prithvi Shaw powers India to a commanding position in Rajkot Test
Shaw became the first Indian batsman with a Test ton on debut.
Updated - Oct 4, 2018 5:23 pm
The first day of the opening Test between India and Windies at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot ended in the home team’s favour as Virat Kohli and Co scored 364 runs in 89 overs. The visitors were jolted by Kemar Roach and Jason Holder’s absence and their bowlers had a tough day in the office. Kraigg Brathwaite captained the Windies in Holder’s absence.
Shannon Gabriel removed KL Rahul in the very first over after India won the toss and elected to bat first. Rahul unsuccessfully used the Decision Review System (DRS) for which he was criticised subsequently. However, debutant Prithvi Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship thereafter. Both looked at sheer ease and built a partnership of 206 runs in 252 deliveries.
Shaw was absolutely stupendous and he showed no signs of nervousness whatsoever in his maiden appearance at the international level. He accomplished his half-century in 56 balls and then he raced away to becoming the youngest centurion for India in Test cricket off a mere 99 balls. The right-handed Pujara, at the other end, stepped on the accelerator as his knock progressed.
Kohli ends India’s day on a high
Pujara and Shaw perished in a space of 44 balls and the onus was then on captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to carry on the good work done by the top order. While pacer Sherman Lewis got rid of Pujara to get his maiden international wicket, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo accounted for the wicket of Shaw, who ended up notching 134 runs in 154 balls with the help of 19 boundaries.
In the meantime, Kohli and Rahane churned out another impressive stand of 105 runs and they were separated by off-spinner Roston Chase. who got the better of Rahane in the 84th over. Nevertheless, the Indian captain looked determined and blended caution with aggression to finish the day at a score of 72 runs. Rishabh Pant played risk-free cricket as well in the dying stages of the day.
Here is how Twitter reacted
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) October 4, 2018
Shaw what a show 💪 @PrithviShaw
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 4, 2018
— zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) October 4, 2018
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 4, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 4, 2018
Take a bow son! The ease with which you played in your 1st innings made me feel like you have been playing for the Indian team for years. Congratulations on your maiden hundred, @PrithviShaw. #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/O5qsQFzYEo
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) October 4, 2018
What a great start in test cricket from young prithvi shaw really impressed to see his talent & hunger to score runs but @ will ..wow carry on young man good luck ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 4, 2018
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) October 4, 2018
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) October 4, 2018
A 💯 on Ranji debut
A 💯 on Duleep debut
A 💯 on Test debut
– A Prithvi Sha(o)w #INDvWI
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) October 4, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 4, 2018
— surya77 (@surya_14kumar) October 4, 2018
— R P Singh (@rpsingh) October 4, 2018
Congratulations to Prithvi Shaw for a hundred on debut. Love the fact that he can score at a strike rate of 100 just batting instinctively without looking to over attack or by taking risks. 👏👏👏🙏#PrithviShaw
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 4, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 4, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 4, 2018
Is ladke mein kuch toh bahut khaas hai. Looked that he belongs here from the very first ball he faced. A sign of things to come, well played Prithvi Shaw #IndvWI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 4, 2018
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 4, 2018
This Test side has to spend time with @msdhoni to learn about DRS a lot better. Their reviews are horrible.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) October 4, 2018
— nitin sharma (@nitin0205) October 4, 2018
— Tushar Jain (@me_tusharjain) October 4, 2018