India’s wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, with his score of 36, has set a distinguished record on the third day of the ongoing Test in Sydney against Australia. Pant now has the most consecutive scores of more than 25 by a visiting batsman in Australia.
The left-hander, playing his 9th Test innings in Australia recorded this feat. He surpassed England’s Wally Hammond, India’s Rusi Surti, and Viv Richards from West Indies, who all scored 25+ runs in eight consecutive innings down under.
Pant’s scores in Australia read: 25 28 36 30 39 33 159* 29, and 36. He played all the Tests in India’s victorious campaign down under in the 2018-19 series. The 23-year-old also completed 400 runs in Test cricket in Australia – he did it with an average of over 50.
Rishabh Pant injured while batting; Wriddhiman Saha takes the gloves
While trying to pull a short delivery from Pat Cummins, Rishabh Pant missed the ball and copped a blow on his left elbow. Pant, who wasn’t wearing an arm guard at that moment, straightaway went down on his haunches.
The southpaw grimaced in pain and the physio attended him for about five minutes. Pant, in discomfort, started to be aggressive in order to score some quick runs. He continued to bat for three more overs, before chasing a wide Josh Hazlewood delivery, edging it to David Warner at first slip.
The Twitter handle of BCCI revealed that the keeper has been taken for scans. Wriddhiman Saha, who was dropped after the first Test, has taken the wicket-keeping duties for Australia’s second innings.
India couldn’t capitalize – as they would have hoped for – on the start given by the openers. After a 70-run opening stand, Australia chipped in with wickets regularly and bowled the visitors out for 244.
For India, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored with 50 runs each while Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with 4 wickets to his name – as the hosts take a first-innings lead of 94 runs.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 9, 2021