Rajkot: Teenager Prithvi Shaw on Thursday became the second youngest Indian and seventh youngest overall to score a century on Test debut, living up to the hype around his talent. Thanks to his sublime knock, India moved past 200 with ease on Day 1 of the series-opener against the West Indies at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot.

Shaw was not facing one of the best Windies attacks but the 18-year-old gave ample evidence of his brilliance by getting to his hundred off 99 balls. This was the third fastest century on debut in the history of Test cricket after Shikhar Dhawan scored a century off 85 balls against Australia at Mohali in 2013 and Dwayne Smith got to a hundred off 93 balls against South Africa at Cape Town in 2004. 

Shaw, who became the 293rd cricketer to represent India in Tests, showed supreme confidence from ball one, on which he offered a watchful leave.

The youngster punched the second ball he faced towards the cover boundary for a three, his first runs in international cricket, easing whatever nerves were left inside him.

Pacer Shanon Gabriel was clocking in the higher 140kph but that did not faze Shaw. Gabriel trapped Shaw's opening partner KL Rahul in front of the stumps with a sharp incoming delivery to give the Windies an early breakthrough.

Rahul was better off not taking the DRS as the ball was clearly crashing into the stumps.

Shaw, however, continued batting with confidence and his first boundary came in the second over bowled by Keemo Paul, another back foot punch towards the point boundary.

The Mumbai youngster got more aggressive in Paul's following over, hitting him for three fours as the pacer was duly punished for bowling far too many loose deliveries.

The wicket wore a greenish look but the ball was not doing much after Gabriel's initial burst.

After Rahul's dismissal, Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara gave the innings a move on and did not look in any sort of trouble.

Apart from Gabriel, the Windies attack lacked teeth and Shaw capitalised on that.

While he punched and drove effortlessly off the pacers, Shaw was equally comfortable against the spin duo of Devendra Bishoo and Roston Chase.

The teenage prodigy collected two fours off Bishoo in the 11th over and did the same to Chase in the 20th over.

Shaw also produced a delightful straight drive en route to reaching his maiden half-century which came off 56 balls. He picked up a single off Chase to bring up the milestone. It was hardly an animated celebration as looked up with his teammates applauding from the dressing room.

A little later, Pujara too got to his half century, off 67 balls, with a straight drive off debutant Sherman Lewis.

The West Indians looked listless on the field as boundaries came at will for India. The visitors were dealt a severe blow even before the start of the game with their captain Jason Holder pulling out with an ankle injury.

Kraigg Brathwaite is captaining the side in Holder's absence.

Their lead pacer, Kemar Roach, is also not playing the series opener due to bereavement.