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‘Disappointed How I Got Out, Hundred Wasn’t Enough’ – Shaw Reflects on Debut Ton

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: October 4, 2018, 8:37 PM IST

Although he became the youngest Indian to score a Test century on debut in Rajkot on Thursday, Prithvi Shaw says he was “disappointed” in the manner of his dismissal, adding that he felt a hundred “wasn’t enough” in the batting friendly conditions on offer. Shaw offered a simple caught and bowled to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo in the 51st over, after having made 134 in 154 balls.

"I don't think it was enough scoring that hundred. The wicket was good and I should have kept batting," he said. "I was really disappointed about [how] only 10 minutes were left for the tea break, and that was in my mind.

"That 'it's only ten minutes, you have to be just a bit careful.' Just that odd ball came, it bounced and gripped a bit (the ball that got him out)."

The opener, who has a century in each of his Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy debuts as well, graduated to the top tier of the game with a remarkably assured knock. He was visibly pleased after the first day's play, insisting he was just trying to play his natural game in the middle.

"I'm feeling really good after the hundred. At first I was a bit nervous, but when I got in I was quite comfortable and I was just trying to play my natural game, what I do in first-class cricket and India A," said Shaw.

"I just kept on going. I didn't think about this being my first game, I was just thinking it's another game for me, and it just happened. I was confident after playing 10-15 overs. I was just playing the ball on merit."

Shaw was named in India's squad for the final two Tests in England but did not get to make his debut in a series which the visitors lost 1-4. "It was captain and coach's decision (of when to give me a game). I was ready in England as well but finally got the opportunity here," he said.

"But it I was a great experience in England. They made feel really comfortable. Virat bhai told me there is no senior or junior in the team. It was nice sharing the dressing room with players who have played international cricket for more than five years. Everyone is a friend now."

The 18-year-old also dedicated his century to his father who has stood beside him like a rock from an early age.

"I was thinking of my dad, because he has sacrificed a lot of things for me," said Shaw. "The first hundred is all for him. Whenever I score, I score for him. Obviously, for India, it was a big thing for me because each and every cricketer dreams of playing in the Indian side and I got the chance, I didn't want to lose this opportunity. It was a good challenge for me to play against these guys and I think I did well."

First Published: October 4, 2018, 7:34 PM IST
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