India vs England, 4th Test: Rishabh Pant hits maiden ton in India, leads Men in Blue fightback
Ahmedabad | Jagran Sports Desk: Explosive wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant on Friday scored his third and first Test hundred in India. Leading the fightback for the Men in Blue, Pant, who has been dismissed in the nervous 90s for quite a few times, smashed a six off Joe Root to reach his third Test ton.
In his handy 118-ball innings, the 23-year-old smashed 13 fours and hit two maximum to hit his third century in the longest format of the game. Pant helped India take a crucial 50-run lead against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
However, Pant was not able to capitalise his innings after getting his hundred and was dismissed by James Anderson for 101. Nevertheless, Pant's fiery knock helped Virat Kohli's men make a comeback in the game after losing five wickets early in the game.
Pant for his third Test ton was hugely praised by legendary India opener Sunil Gavaskar who noted that it was not easy to score runs on day 2 as English seamers were bowling well.
"The youngsters can sometimes get cowed down by pressure. Not Rishabh Pant. He relishes the pressure," Gavaskar said while noting that the 23-year-old is capable of handling the pressure.
Calling Pant 'My Boy', former India legend Virendra Sehwag said that he is proud of Pant for bringing up his century with a six. "Me Watching Rishabh Pant reverse sweep Anderson for a boundary and then bring up his century with a SIX. That's my Boy!," Sehwag said.
Former India captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly also lauded Pant and predicted that he will be an all-time great across formats in years to come.
"How good is he? Unbelievable..what a knock under pressure...not the first time and won't be the last time..will be an all time great in all formats in the years to come.keep batting in this aggressive manner. thats why will be match winner and special," wrote Ganguly on Twitter.
England 1st Innings: 205 all out in 75.5 overs (Ben Stokes 55, Dan Lawrence 46; Axar Patel 4/68, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/47, Mohammed Siraj 2/45).
India 1st Innings: 294 for 7 in 94 overs. (Rishabh Pant 101, Wasington Sundar 60, Rohit Sharma 49, James Anderson 3/40).
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