Old Waconian cricketer is youngest Indian to make a century on Test debut

18-year-old cricketer, Prithvi Shaw, who attended CHS in 2012, has become the youngest Indian to make a century on his Test debut, against the West Indies in Rajkot.

The Indian batting sensation from Mumbai is hitting the headlines after scoring the first hundred of his Test career in his first innings – off just 99 balls.

Prithvi, who attended CHS as part of the Cricket Beyond Boundaries cultural exchange programme, came to the School to hone his technique.

Of his time as a student at CHS, Head of Modern Languages Mr John Wilson – who helped co-ordinate his timetable – said it was always clear he would be one to watch.

Mr Wilson said: “His achievement doesn’t surprise me because his talent was always very obvious, but what really shone through from very early on was his attitude, his mindset and that determination and drive.”

“We’re all very proud to see what he’s achieved so early in his cricketing career and it’s nice to think CHS has played some part in his success.”

Prithvi was the first student to attend CHS from India as part of the Cricket Beyond Boundaries programme, set up in 2011 to gives under-privileged, talented cricket players an opportunity to come to the UK and spend some time getting used to the cricket conditions.

The programme also offers players a life opportunity through cultural development, language skills and offers an opportunity for UK players to engage with those from other cultures too.

During his time at CHS, Prithvi stayed with a hosting family and was a student for the full summer term and fully integrated into the life of the school.

Mr Wilson said: “I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about Prithvi in the future.”