“It is the team and not the individual who is a champion” – Shaw

Prithvi Pankaj Shaw scores a century in every debut he makes, be it Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, or his international debut, and all of that, under the age of 19 years. After being a stellar performer for Mumbai Cricket Association in the domestic circuit, Shaw made his Test debut in the 1st game against the Windies. The 18-year-old carried his domestic form to the highest level as well, scoring 134 runs right in his first ever international innings.

Congratulatory messages to Prithvi were seen all over the social media. From current to former cricketers, coaches and fans, everyone took the opportunity to applaud the talent the Mumbai-born run-machine offers. However, Prithvi feels that the entire team should be applauded and not just him alone.

‘I am a member of a team,and I rely on the team,I defer to it and sacrifice for it,because the team,not the individual,is the ultimate champion. THIS IS WHAT I LIVE & PLAY FOR…MY Teammate APPLAUSE❤️❤️ And Thankyou each and everyone for your love for your support and blessings and for your lovely msges❤️ #specialmoment#testdebut# ,’ he tweeted.

The opener is the fourth youngest player of all time to hit a debut century and the second youngest Indian to make a Test ton after Sachin Tendulkar. Shaw, whose mother died when he was four years old, dedicated his knock to his father, who would travel two and a half hours with him by local train from Virar to Mumbai Central for his training.

It can be argued that Shaw faced a toothless bowling attack from the Windies, but he gave ample evidence of his sheer brilliance with strokes and boundaries all over the ground. He reached his century in 99 balls with 14 boundaries to his name.

India wrapped up the first Test within 3 days in Rajkot.





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