He batted like someone who has played 50 Test matches.'

'He is an unbelievable talent and hopefully if he is nurtured well, he will serve Indian cricket for a long, long time'



IMAGE: Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a century on Test debut. Photograph: PTI

There is an element of inevitability involved in certain occurrences and Prithvi Shaw's century as the youngest Indian Test debutant is one such instance.

It's a matter of conjecture whether the West Indies attack could be rated as 'Test class', but the moment Prithvi hit his first boundary, it seemed as if he was destined to succeed.

At 18 years and 329 days, Prithvi showed that he always had the game to match the unbelievable hype that had surrounded him from the time he was a four-feet boy trying to jostle with the middle-aged uncles in order to get inside the early morning train from Virar, a township on the outskirts of Mumbai, to Bandra, north west Mumbai.

"He batted like someone who has played 50 Test matches. He is an unbelievable talent and hopefully if he is nurtured well, he will serve Indian cricket for a long, long time," Chairman of the Selectors M S K Prasad told PTI after the teenager's smashing hundred on debut