Australia vs India 2018/19: Rishabh Pant Becomes The First Asian Wicketkeeper To Score A Century In Australia
Rishabh Pant scored his maiden hundred in Australia and his second in Test cricket on Friday in the fourth and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). With the three-figure mark, Pant is now the only Indian wicketkeeper to have scored a century in Australia and he did it in style.
Rishabh Pant reached the landmark in 138 balls. Pant came into the middle when India was already cruising on 329/5 in the first session of Day 2 and went on to share an 89-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara before following that up with a 100-plus* stand with Ravindra Jadeja.
Before Pant’s century, Farokh Engineer had the highest scorer of 89 for an Indian wicketkeeper in Australia, which he scored in Adelaide in 1967. With the hundred, Pant is now also the second highest scorer in the ongoing series in Australia.
Rishabh Pant is Second-leading run-scorer of the series:
He overtook Virat Kohli’s 282 runs and trails Cheteshwar Pujara now, who leads with 521 runs. And also, the Indian wicketkeeper has got the second-best average and the best strike rate in the series so far.
Rishabh Pant is the only Asian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a hundred in Australia. And also, he is the only batsman from India to score a hundred in Australia and England.
Besides that, Pant is also only the second visiting wicketkeeper to register hundreds in both England and Australia. Jeffery Dujon was the first when he scored centuries in Manchester and Perth in 1984. All in all, he became the owner of quite a few stats.
Australia’s agony did not end with that. Like Pant, Ravindra Jadeja came in and played with the intent of staying in the crease for as long as possible. The pair ended up scoring putting up a century stand for themselves.