Rishabh Pant century: A swashbuckling century has powered the Indian wicket-keeper batsman out of a lean patch.
During the second day of the second tour match of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Sydney, India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant batted in his archetype hard-hitting manner to register a seventh first-class century.
Coming in to bat at No. 6 in the 68th over, Pant was in no mood of adjusting to the demands of the format for returning to his natural game has yielded a magnificent result for the left-hand batsman.
Having hit nine fours and six sixes on his way to 103* (73), Pant appeared to give up on the borrowed approach of getting his eye in; something which had seen him entering into a shell more often than not in the recent times.
Vital part of an unbeaten 147-run partnership alongside Hanuma Vihari (104*), Pant scored as many as 22 runs in the last over of the day to reach to a hundred. Facing Jack Wildermuth, Pant scored four fours and a six after missing the first delivery to reach the three-figure mark.
Pant, who had scored 5 (11) in the first innings, badly needed such an innings to press his case for a spot in the Indian XI for the first Test against Australia starting from December 17.
Having scored 386/4 in 90 overs on Day 2, India now lead by a mammoth 472 runs with their bowlers supposedly being keen to bundle out the hosts tomorrow.
Rishabh Pant century
Rishabh Pant just scored a century IN A SESSION during a warm up game against Australia A. Might just be the most entertaining friendly I’ve ever seen! 😤😂
— Arjun Menon (@ArjunMenon88) December 12, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
100 for @RishabhPant17 and the debate will start again. This is what you love about the build up to a high intensity test series.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 12, 2020
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 12, 2020
A cracking first-class century from @RishabhPant17 in just 73 balls at the SCG. He smashes 22 off the final over to bring up his 100.
9×4 6×6. BOOM. pic.twitter.com/Mg3M1WBYlg
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 12, 2020
The legend of Rishabh Pant continues to grow in Australia. Smashes 22 runs off the last 5 balls (4, 4, 6, 4, 4 to go from 81 to 103) of the day to bring up a rather remarkable century. “Only Gilchrist could have done that,” say those who stayed back at the @scg #AUSvIND #AusAvIND pic.twitter.com/tyOZiwqKPX
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) December 12, 2020
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