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Rishabh Pant. Credit: Google

India’s dynamic wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant has come up with monetary help for the rescue operations involved in the recent glacier burst in the state of Uttarakhand urging others to also do the same.

On Sunday, a glacier broke in the Tapovan-Reni region of Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. It inflicted immense flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda Rivers destroying the nearby houses and the Tapovan Hydro-Electric Power Dam, also known as Rishi Ganga Project.

More than 100 people are missing and some have been found dead after being hit by the heavy flooding. The government has deployed rescue operation teams via land and air.

“It is suspected that around 100 workers were at the site out of which, 9-10 dead bodies have been recovered from the river,” said SS Deswal, Director General, ITBP.

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Rishabh Pant [Image Credits: Twitter]
Rishabh Pant, who is currently playing the Test match in Chennai against England, took to Twitter to express his grief and sorrow over the demise of people in his state. He also announced that he will donate his match fee to the relief operation and asked his fans to also help out the people in need.

“Deeply pained by the loss of life in Uttarakhand. Would like to donate my match fee for the rescue efforts and would urge more people to help out,” tweeted Rishabh Pant.

Rishabh Pant missed his hundred again, keeps India in the game with the partnership with Pujara

In reply to England’s mammoth first-innings total of 578, India found itself reeling at 74/4. A rare home defeat loomed – India has lost only a single Test at home since 2013 – however, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant, both fresh from their heroics in Australia, reined in the visitors’ chariot, temporarily at least.

While Pujara held his end and stood like a rock, Pant unleashed a scintillating counter-attack, especially on England’s premier spinner in the match, Jack Leach as the southpaw smashed the off-spinner for 5 maximums.

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Rishabh Pant [Image Credits: BCCI]
Both the batsman completed their respective fifties – Pant was set for a century. But owing to his own diktat, Pant once again skipped down the track to launch Dom Bess into the stands – however, he miscued it and was caught by Leach on 91. This was the fifth time in his Test career where the left-hander came in the vicinity of scoring a ton – he has scores of 92, 92, 97, 89*, and 91 – but couldn’t.

Both Pant and Pujara were back in the dressing room by the end of Day 3. At the time of compiling this report, the hosts have lost R Ashwin and Shahbaz Nadeem on the morning of Day 4 – both fell to Jack Leach, who is reaping the rewards for being consistent despite the assault by Pant.

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