Prithvi Shaw has been part of India's list since the fourth test in England at the end of August, and although he felt he was "ready to play" even then, the opportunity did not come. It took him up to the local series against the West Indies for him to make the step towards international cricket and had him count, scoring 134 runs of only 154 balls.
"It was up to the coach and Virat [Kohli] bhai to decide I was going to play with me, but I was also ready for the England series," Shaw said at the end of the day's play. "So I would have tried to do my best to have a good performance, I had an opportunity here and I'm happy about that."
There were "nerves at the beginning", but after passing "10-15 overs" in the middle, he felt prepared and from then on he tried to follow the advice of the team and the man to whom he dedicated his tickets, his father.
"My father does not know much about cricket, but he has seen so many years of that," Shaw said after the play of the day. "It was like going and playing as you play in your first class games, just go and enjoy your debut, without pressure."
Shaw has had an excellent 2018 so far. He started with him going to New Zealand as captain of India's Under-19 team and winning the World Cup. He followed a debut at the IPL and now, after becoming the youngest player in India to make a debut debut in the Test, has declared himself to be one of the team's first choice starters.
"It's been a really good year, but I'm not thinking about it that way, I only take it by game, it was not a case of me thinking about international cricket after winning the World Cup. they introduced themselves to me, I tried to do my best, I did what I could to win games for the team, whether at the level of the Ranji Trophy, India A, IPL, I always had it in mind.
"I want to dedicate these hundred to my father, he has done many things. of sacrifices for me, he is still doing it. It has been a great help throughout my trip. He has always been there, whenever I have been nervous or have left early. I can not list everything, but he has done a lot. "
Throughout the innings, Shaw showed great composure, and commented how his teammates have made him feel at home in a new environment. Share the costumes with so many older adults who have already played 5 to 10 years of international cricket. They got the experience, they used to share with me. Because of all these things, they are all like my friend on the team. We enjoy outside the field, in the field that we are together, [it] feels very good.
"They made me feel very comfortable, I was not like a senior-junior [thing]." Ravi [Shastri] Mr. and Virat bhai always said: "There is no senior or junior on the team. If you are playing for India, you are among us. "That made me feel really confident and a little out of pressure."
It took him a while to feel that way on the field on Thursday, but once he felt he had the measure of the West Indian players, there was only one thing he wanted to do.
"Obviously I was nervous, this was my debut in the Test, but after ten laps I was hitting the ball well and I was reaching the limits I got the confidence and I did not feel I wanted to dominate them as much as I could. I was waiting for the loose balls and they threw many boundary balls, so I was trying to balance it between playing the ball in its merit and attacking the loose balls. "