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It was special: Ravindra Jadeja after scoring maiden worldwide ton

06 October 2018, 06:27 | Charlene Valdez

Prithvi Shaw became the youngest Indian to score a hundred on Test debut

Prithvi Shaw began his Test career with a scintillating hundred off 99 deliveries against West Indies

India had earlier turned the screws on the Windies after resuming the day on 364 for four, with Kohli becoming the second fastest batsman in history to reach 24 Test hundreds, after the iconic Sir Don Bradman. The bowling attack has been propped up nearly exclusively on Shannon Gabriel's shoulders with the other two quicks having a combined one Test's worth of experience and legspinner Devendra Bishoo looking ineffective.

It was India's highest total in a test match against the West Indies, with Jadeja (100 not out) reaching his maiden hundred after Kohli departed for 139 - his 23rd test century.

Shaw got to the three-figure mark in the second session of the first day's play at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Pant went for 92 off 84 and his knock included eight fours and four sixes. Indian bowlers came out and ran through West Indies' top order with Mohammed Shami removing the openers cheaply. A few overs later, Jadeja brings up India's 600 with a massive SIX over long-on. He closed his eyes soaking the moment and looked skywards before the sword celebration returned.

Chase, batting at number six, then attempted to halt the slide in a 25-run, sixth-wicket stand with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (10) - the best stand of the innings so far. Ashwin got the big wicket of Shai Hope followed by a freakish run out. The next wicket turned out to be a frustrating affair for the tourists, while it was hilarious for Kohli and his boys. When I saw both the batsmen at the same end, I did not think he (Shimron Hetmyer) would give so much of effort, in that heat, he would do that (run towards the non-striker's end).

Talking about the last one month when he did well in the only Test he played in England before making an ODI comeback, Jadeja sounded satisfied. Scared of this backfiring terribly, his teammates had to yell at him so that he doesn't miss the runout's chance.

He also had words of encouragement for the struggling the West Indies, saying "the young team will improve with every game". India lead by a mammoth 555 runs with three days of play left in Rajkot.

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