Rishabh Pant scored his 3rd Test hundred to help India take a crucial 89-run first-innings lead over England on Day 2 of the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Rishabh Pant brought up his 3rd Test hundred with a six (Courtesy of BCCI)
- Rishabh Pant scored 101 off 118 balls on Day 2 of the Ahmedabad Test
- Pant was part of a crucial 113-run partnership for the 7th wicket with Washington Sundar
- Pant also went past 500 runs Test runs in this calendar year during his knock
India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was pleased as punch after scoring yet another hundred in the ongoing fourth and final Test against England in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Pant came in with India tottering at 80 for 4 but then played a typical swashbuckling knock to bail the team out of trouble on Day 2 of the series-finale at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Pant smashed 101 off 118 balls with 13 fours and two sixes during his maiden century-knock on home soil. This was Pant’s third Test hundred and second against England in red-ball cricket.
Pant was a bit cautious in his approach initially but then brought out a wide-variety of shots, including a reverse-flick four off James Anderson against the 2nd new ball to take India to 259 for 7 before getting out to the England fast bowler in the final session.
Pant later revealed the team’s game plan and what his mindset was when he was batting in the middle.
“The plan was just to build a partnership when I joined Rohit, that was the only thing on my mind. I was thinking I would assess the pitch and then play my shots. If the bowlers are bowling well respect it and take the singles, and that was on my mind,” Pant said after the day’s play.
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The 23-year-old was part of a crucial 113-run partnership for the 7th wicket with Washington Sundar, who scored his 3rd Test fifty.
“I like to play the situation and I just see the ball and react – that’s the USP (unique selling point) of my game. The team plan was to get to 206, past the England total, and then get as many runs as possible after that. You have to premeditate reverse-flicks, but if luck is going your way you can take the odd chance.
“I get the license most of the time, but I have to assess the situation and take the game head on. I like to make the team win and if the crowd is entertained by that, I’m happy,” Pant said after the day’s play at Motera.
India reached 294 for 7 at stumps on Day 2 with a lead of 89 runs over England. Washington Sundar (60*) and Axar Patel (11*) will resume India’s innings on Day 3.