Prithvi steals the ‘Shaw’ as hosts dominate

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After a fairly hectic series in England, India have come back home looking to get back to winning
ways. Despite losing the series 1-4, India have been able to retain their No.1 ranking and will be
looking to strengthen its position with a series win against the Windies. West Indies are a
rejuvenated side filled with youngsters with great potential. They are forming a decent team and
have enjoyed good results in recent times. They have some exciting batsmen like Roston Chase, Shai Hope and bowlers like Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel and The Captain Jason Holder himself. India, on the other hand, made an interesting selection of players for the 2 test matches. While the
openers – Vijay and Dhawan are dropped, the seamers in Bhuvi and Bumrah are rested looking at the upcoming tour of Australia.

India won the toss and elected to bat on a good batting deck. Debutant Prithvi Shaw walked out to
bat with KL Rahul as the match got underway. Windies struck early as seamer Shannon Gabriel
trapped KL Rahul in front of the stumps on naught. With the ball angling in, he beat Rahul for pace as the Karnataka opener struggled to move his feet. Pujara then joined Prithvi Shaw in the middle and both started scoring runs freely. For a debutant, Shaw showed no signs of nervousness. He was solid in defense and pounced on every loose delivery to get runs. Pujara at the other end was his calm self as he batted with great authority. Going into lunch, Both the batsmen had brought up their fifties.

Post lunch, the batsmen continued the good work as they made Windies chase leather. Prithvi Shaw
batted quite magnificently and brought up a delightful hundred on debut. He became the 15 th Indian batsman to bring up a hundred on debut and the 2 nd  youngest Indian to score a ton after The great Tendulkar. This is a dream start to a promising career of a child prodigy. He batted with great style and freedom as he notched up his ton in just 99 deliveries. Pujara too was batting really well at the other end. However a delivery from the other debutant, Sherman Lewis took the edge off his bat to the keeper as he walked back on a well-made 86.

Captain Kohli walked out in the middle after having a well-deserved break post-England series. He
started his innings cautiously and let the young man do the scoring. However, the leggie Bishoo, dismissed Shaw to end a wonderful innings from the youngster. It was a soft dismissal as Shaw lobbed the ball straight back to the bowler on 134. Ajinkya Rahane joined his captain in the middle to put on 105 runs for the fourth wicket. However, he was dismissed trying to cut a widish delivery by Roston Chase on 41. Captain Kohli continued his great touch as he brought up his fifty.

At the end of the day, India were 364-4 with Kohli and Pant batting on 72 and 17 respectively.
It was a day for the batsmen on a flat wicket and India made the most of it. Prithvi Shaw had a
dream Test debut while Pujara and Kohli scored half-centuries to put up a decent total on the first
day. India now will look to add as many as they can on the second day to put pressure on the
opposition. The visitors have their task cut out when they take the field on day 2. They will have to
take quick wickets to restrict India from getting a huge 1 st  innings score and then will have to bat out of their skins as well against the spin trio of Ashwin, Jadeja, and Kuldeep along with pacers Shami and Umesh. In the end, the hosts would be delighted in the position they are in, while Windies have a fight on their hands.

 

 

-Prasad Palkar

SPORTSNASHA