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Fans hail keeper for stunning knock vs England: It will be fun explaining Rishabh Pant to another generation

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Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant scored yet another stroke-filled century to rescue India out of trouble against England in the fifth Test match at Edgbaston on 1 July. Playing in his usual manner, Pant put together a stunning partnership with Ravindra Jadeja taking the visitors to a dominating score in the first innings.

The left hander took charge from ball one and stepped down against the pacers to disturb their rhythm. After reaching his half century, Pant consistently improved the scoring rate throwing Jack Leach out the Park at will. He was equally aided by Ravindra Jadeja, who brought up his half century as well.

This was Pant’s third century against England and fifth overall. The youngster, who is also the vice captain of India for this Test match, is just one behind Mahendra Singh Dhoni in terms of most centuries scored by an Indian batter in the longest format of the game.

Cricketing world reacted in joy after the batter reached his hundred and hailed him as the one of the most entertaining batters cricket had ever seen.

The innings changed the complexion of the game, with England completely pushed to the backfoot. At the time of writing, India were 312/5 at the end of 65.4 overs. Pant was batting at 139* from 108 balls, with Jadeja batting at 68 off 142.

England were forced to take their specialist spinner Jack Leach out of the bowling attack and hand former captain Joe Root the ball to escape Pant’s wrath. The move did not pay much dividends as the batsman continued to score runs and a good pace through the final session of the day.



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