'One Of The Best Counter Attacking Day 5 Knock': Twitter Hails Rishabh Pant For Heroic Knock Of 97

‘One Of The Best Counter Attacking Day 5 Knock’: Twitter Hails Rishabh Pant For Heroic Knock Of 97

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Credits: Twitter)

Rishabh Pant, on Monday, played one of his finest knocks in international cricket, scoring a heroic 97 on the fifth and final day of the ongoing third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Starting the day on 98 for 2 in pursuit of an improbable 407, India were off to a disastrous start as they could add only four runs before their skipper Ajinkya Rahane was sent back by Nathan Lyon.

Rishabh Pant then took charge of the innings in the company of Cheteshwar Pujara, helping India score more than 100 runs in the morning session. Not very long ago, there were doubts that the wicketkeeper-batsman might not even bat in the game after coping a nasty blow on his left elbow while batting in the first innings of the match.

Rishabh Pant, Ajit Agarkar, India, Australia
Rishabh Pant looked in a lot of pain follow a blow on his elbow in the first innings [Image Credits: Twitter]
But Rishabh Pant bravely came out to bat and turned the game on its head. The southpaw started in an uncharacteristic manner, scoring only 7 off 36 balls before switching gears. He found his groove and raced away to 50 off just 64 balls. Rishabh Pant kept the scoreboard ticking with singles, boundaries and even clobbered off-spinner Nathan Lyon for back-to-back boundaries including a six over long on.

He hit the Australia spin spearhead for two more sixes as he took the attack to the hosts. Rishabh Pant was looking comfortable against the Australian bowlers and was looking set for his second Test century in Australia and at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He needed three more runs to score his ton but perished while trying to hit Lyon for a big shot. Rishabh Pant’s 97 run knock came off just 118 balls and was studded with 12 fours and 3 sixes.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Credits: Twitter)

Here are some of the reactions to Rishabh Pant’s heroic knock:

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