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.
It will be fun explaining Rishabh Pant to another generation a couple of decades later. pic.twitter.com/Ow7b2dsXh3
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) July 1, 2022
Simply awesome @RishabhPant17!
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 1, 2022
In Test cricket, Rishabh Pant has never been dismissed between 50 and 91.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) July 1, 2022
Rishabh Pant becomes the first visiting keeper to score two centuries in England in Tests.#ENGvIND
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) July 1, 2022
He doesn’t just play the most eccentric and unorthodox cricket shots but also takes unusual runs and routes to get to a Test ton. Just business as usual. Extraordinary batter, Rishabh Pant. Take a bow! Never a dull moment. #ENGvIND
— S. Sudarshanan (@Sudarshanan7) July 1, 2022
I sometimes feel like Rishabh Pant gets even more aggressive when he nears a hundred, as if to show that he really doesn’t care whether or not he gets there. Just the most fun cricketer there is#ENGvIND
— Ben Gardner (@Ben_Wisden) July 1, 2022
Or Jonny B started doing what Rishabh Pant has been doing for over a year? https://t.co/bCDNmYJUbu
— Arani Basu (@AraniBasuTOI) July 1, 2022
Rishabh Pant is the most entertaining Test batsman after Virender Sehwag. Can’t convince me otherwise.
— Shivani Shukla (@iShivani_Shukla) July 1, 2022
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.