More importantly, Shaw had the confidence of several hundreds under his belt when he walked out to bat for India Thursday morning.
Opting to bat first at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, India marched to 364 for four at the close, with the 18-year-old Shaw belting a superb 134 and captain Virat Kohli ominously poised on an unbeaten 72. He also produced a delightful straight drive on way to reaching his half-century which came off 56 balls.
Shaw also became the youngest and the first Indian teenager to face the first ball of a Test.
At the Day 1, Prithvi Shaw hit maiden century. In the third session, Kohli and Rahane stitched a 105-run stand to take the team past 300.
Prithvi Shaw slams hundred on Test debut
Gabriel trapped his opening partner Rahul in front with a sharp incoming delivery to give the West Indies an early breakthrough. It all started with a lovely back-foot punch towards the cover-point region that helped the 18-year-old accumulate three runs.
Overall, Shaw is the 106th player to score a century on Test debut and is the first since Ireland's Kevin O'Brien against Pakistan earlier this year.
Tendulkar was aged 17 when he scored 119 not out against England in 1990, but that was in his ninth Test match.
Shaw, a diminutive right-hander, reached the landmark with two runs off paceman Keemo Paul and punched his fist in the air as he was given a standing ovation by the home crowd. Pujara too looked at ease at the other end until he was caught behind off debutant Sherman Lewis, missing out on a 16th Test ton. Their troubles had mounted even before the start of the game as Holder pulled out with an ankle injury, giving Kraigg Brathwaite a chance to lead the team.
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