India's emphatic record-breaking victory over West Indies in the first Test in Rajkot might have grabbed all the headlines, but the win also saw the emergence of a new Indian superstar in the making, Prithvi Shaw.
The 18 year-old batsman notched his maiden century on his debut and in doing so, became the youngest Indian player to score a ton on Test debut. Further, he became the second youngest Indian to score a hundred in Test cricket, with 'Master Blaster' Sachin Tendulkar the only one ahead of him.
Prithvi Shaw looked in fine touch against the West Indian bowlers, displaying immense composure in a innings, which was laced with 15 boundaries. His record-breaking knock saw him add another feather to his cap by becoming the third fastest bastman behind Shikhar Dhawan and Dwayne Smith to hit a debut ton under 100 balls.
The Mumbai lad's classic strokeplay didn't not unnoticed as he earned the praises from several prominent figures from the cricket fraternity. The latest to come to the forefront was Virat Kohli, who is believed to be left in awe with the talented batsman.
"The way Prithvi dominated on debut was outstanding to see. Easy conditions or not, you still have to go out there and back yourself to dominate. The guy showed he's different quality, which is why he's pushed into the Indian team so quickly. He just grabs his opportunity with both hands. Exciting to see from a captain's point of view," Kohli said at the post-match press conference.
However, Prithvi Shaw is no stranger to headlines. Ever since the talented young batsman shot to prominence shot after starring for his school Rizvi Springfield after scoring 546 off 330 balls, the youngster has been likened to Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
As far as the match was concerned, the first Test between India and West Indies turned out to be a battle between David vs Goliath. In match that was been played under the extremely humid conditions at the Saurashtra Cricket Ground, saw India producing a clinical all-round performance, while the visitors looked clueless after being outplayed in all departments.
Fresh off the debacle of the England tour, the Men in Blue produced a flawless performance against West Indies, winning by an innings and 272 runs, and in the process registering their biggest ever Test win. India's previous biggest win came against Afghanistan, which they won by an innings and 262 runs earlier this year.