Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is going through a purple patch in his international cricketing career. After annihilating Australia down under, Rishabh Pant went through a peach of a form in the series against England. Now, it has emerged that Pant is carrying on from where he left in the England series and in the IPL.
The India National Cricket Team is currently at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton and is preparing for the ICC World Test Championship final, which is all set to take place between India and New Zealand in Southampton from June 18-June 22. The team landed in England on June 02 and after three days of quarantine, they began with the practice sessions.
Rishabh Pant Scores An Unbeaten Century In The Intra-Squad Practice Match
The Indian team management organized an intra-squad practice match, dividing the Indian cricket team into two teams. Now, it has been learned that Rishabh Pant has scored a brilliant unbeaten century in the practice match and Shubman Gill has also shown good signs in the practice game.
The BCCI took to Twitter on Saturday and wrote, “It’s Day 2 of the intra-squad match simulation. After @RealShubmanGill got a steady start with 85 off 135 deliveries, @RishabhPant17 found his groove with a 121* off 94 deliveries. @ImIshant leads the pack with 3/36.”
It's Day 2 of the intra-squad match simulation.
After @RealShubmanGill got a steady start with 85 off 135 deliveries, @RishabhPant17 found his groove with a 121* off 94 deliveries.@ImIshant leads the pack with 3/36 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/YRNsVjweDt
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 12, 2021
The BCCI also mentioned that Ishant Sharma was the most successful bowler in the practice match as he came up with figures of 3/36. There were reports suggesting that Ishant might not make it into the playing XI of the Indian team for the ICC World Test Championship final but now with such brilliance with the ball in the practice game, it will be a hard decision for the team management to exclude Ishant.
New Zealand Dominated England At Home
While the Indian cricket team is engaged in an intra-squad match, their opponents for the WTC final, New Zealand are taking on England in England in a two-match Test series. The first Test ended in a draw between both sides. Devon Conway, the Kiwi stalwart, has found form in the last couple of Test matches and after scoring a scintillating double ton on his Test debut, Conway once again played a gritty knock of 80 runs in the first innings of the 2nd Test match for New Zealand.
Until this report was written, New Zealand were leading England by a margin of 72 runs in the second innings. Stuart Broad emerged as the most successful bowler as he had picked up 3 wickets in the second innings.