Rishabh Pant eulogized: The Indian wicket-keeper batsman had played yet another game-changing knock for India.
During the second day of the fourth Test of the ongoing England’s tour of India in Ahmedabad, India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant scored his third Test century under pressure to turn the tables for his team.
Coming in to bat at No. 6 after the lunch break, Pant was part of a sensible 41-run partnership alongside opening batsman Rohit Sharma (49). In an approach which was unusual for him, Pant had scored 20 (35) in the partnership but had got his eye in which was perhaps more important given how India were losing wickets at regular intervals.
Pant, who had hit his first boundary after edging a James Anderson delivery through the slips off his sixth delivery, was expected to find boundaries at will after getting set in the middle and the same is what saw him and India thriving at the Narendra Modi Stadium today.
It was on the fourth delivery of the 72nd over when Pant ran a single off England spinner Jack Leach to complete his half-century. With India also in touching distance of closing on England’s first-innings total, Pant soon started to break the shackles.
What followed was a quintessential entertaining knock from the 23-year old player as he once again dominated the English bowling unit. The highlight of Pant’s innings came after England took the second new ball in the 81st over. Facing veteran pacer James Anderson, Pant stepped out to hit Anderson down the track for a boundary.
Having followed it with another boundary on the next delivery, Pant amazed one and all by reverse ramping Anderson over the slips on the first ball of the 83rd over. It was on the first delivery of the 84th over that Pant smashed England captain Joe Root for a six to reach the three-figure mark.
Rishabh Pant eulogized by former cricketers and fans
Rishabh Pant is either your favourite cricketer to watch right now or you are wrong.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 5, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 5, 2021
It’s quite evident that Rishab Pant doesn’t care too much about personal landmarks. That’s why he can bat the way he does
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) March 5, 2021
Pant backs up Brisbane.
Pant is a PLAYER!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) March 5, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 5, 2021
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) March 5, 2021
Maza aa gaya, Pant. #INDvENG
— Jamie Alter (@alter_jamie) March 5, 2021
Drives me mad when batsman say “Well that’s the way I play“ … Pant has shown in one innings that is complete nonsense! Play the situation….
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) March 5, 2021
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 5, 2021
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) March 5, 2021
How’s he even got that there?? Amazing shots from Pant.
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) March 5, 2021
Rishabh Pant is still chasing that Brisbane target it seems. #INDvENG
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) March 5, 2021
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) March 5, 2021
Hell of an innings. Hell of an innings.
— Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) March 5, 2021
— Alex Tudor (@alextudorcoach) March 5, 2021
— Fabian Cowdrey (@fkcowdrey) March 5, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 5, 2021
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