- Rishabh Pant hits maiden test century at home soil
The star Indian wicketkeeper batsman, Rishabh Pant has once again proved his worth. In the India vs England 4th test (Day 2) Pant played a smashing knock of 101 (118) at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, on Friday.
It was Pant’s maiden Test century at home. At the beginning of the day 2 India began to bat from 121/5. Pant and Washington Sundar played the biggest partnership of the match. Both added 113 runs in 158 balls as India’s total reached 259/7 in 84.1 overs.
With this feat Pant joined Wriddhiman Saha as the Indian wicketkeeper with 2nd-most centuries. Saha also has 3 tons in 50 innings. Now, Pant too has three centuries in 33 knocks. Legendary Indian batsman and former captain M.S Dhoni leads the chart. He has six centuries in 144 innings.
“I like to play according to the situation and I just see the ball and react to it, that’s the USP of my cricket,” said Pant.
After his maiden knock of 100 (116) at home soil, Pant soon got out at mid-wicket. English seamer James Anderson credited Pant’s dismissal. Pant reached the landmark century with a six, off the first ball of the 84th over, bowled by Joe Root. He smashed 13 fours and 2 sixes.
Rishabh got his previous centuries against England (114) at The Oval in 2018 and a 159* against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2019. The wicket-keeper batsman has four nineties, three in India so far.
Last 5 matches in India
In his previous five knocks in India, the 23-year-old has terrific scores of 90 and 92 against the W.I, 91, 58 not out and 1 against England.
He along with Washington Sundar helped India take lead in the 4th test at Ahmedabad. Team India needs at least a draw to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final, against New Zealand.
Sourav Ganguly: Rishabh Pant will be an all-time great across formats
Ganguly predicted that Rishabh Pant will be an all-time great across all the formats in years to come. The statement came from Ganguly after the batsman smashed a match-winning hundred in the fourth and final Test against England.
Until recently, despite his many crucial knocks, the wicket-keeper was labeled as a liability due to his poor wicket-keeping skills. But with such match winning knocks Rishabh has certainly changed public’s perception towards himself.
All the very best to the young champ for his future endeavors.