The rise and rise of Prithvi Shaw

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It was there on show in Karachi in 1989 -when Sachin Tendulkar, then just 16, faced up to the finest pace attack in the world.

For his part, Tendulkar, who went on to become the most prolific run-scorer in an global career spanning 24 years, once held the record for the highest partnership of 664 in school cricket with former India batsman Vinod Kambli. But when we saw you bat out there, it was seamless going from first-class cricket to Test cricket. I did not try anything new thinking it is my first Test. "All that experience has helped me and I played my game accordingly". "I like to dominate bowlers and that is what I was trying to do, waiting for the loose balls", he said. Shaw, who earned a maiden call-up midway into the England tour but did not get a game, has been preferred over Mayank Agarwal for the series opener.

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The hosts reached 364 for four at the close after Shaw's heroics put India on course for a big first-innings total in the opening test. I didn't want to do anything different just because it was my first Test. It was a good challenge for me and I think I did well in front of these guys.

Everybody is excited to see the 18-year-old play and according to the legendary Sunil Gavaskar, everybody will be at the edge of their seats to see Shaw bat. That would be true right? He has made a lot of sacrifice for me. What is also clear now is that India will go in with five specialist bowlers and the most likely 12th man will be Shardul Thakur. Whatever games came my way, I tried to give my best, be it the Ranji Trophy, India A or the Indian Premier League.

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His first runs came off his typical back-foot punch and he never looked back from there, playing a top-quality innings comprising 19 fours. People are generally happy just getting their first hundred, but you seemed really disappointed.

"I always believe whether it's domestic, worldwide or a practice match, it brings along with different pressure and I think it helped me prepare well. It will be a good test for us", Holder, captain in 26 of his 34 Tests so far, said.

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"I was very disappointed, there were only 10 minutes left for the tea break and you should be a little bit careful".