Rishabh Pant | Wriddhiman Saha
Rishabh Pant (credits - Getty)

It was a glorious England vs India 2018 series for wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. He started his international cricket on a grand note and finished the tour on a high with a classic century in London. Meanwhile, he bagged a peculiar record in his kitty.

The swashbuckling Indian batsman registered a terrific century in India’s second innings at The Kennington Oval in London. Pant, in the presence of KL Rahul, managed to put England on the back foot for the most of the game on day five of the fifth and final Test.

Rishabh Pant is the only Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in fourth innings:

It was not only a maiden century for him in international cricket but also the first one for any Indian wicketkeeper in the Test cricket.

The swashbuckling wicketkeeper’s century is the highest for any Indian gloveman in the fourth innings of the game.

England v India 2018, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha
Rishabh Pant celebrates his maiden Test hundred. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

It is quite a stat to have in the kitty as the greatest players of the game from Farokh Engineer to the latest Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Wriddhiman Saha, none of them achieved the feat for India in the fourth innings of the Test match.

The second best to Pant’s 114 is MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 76. It came against the very same opposition at the historic venue Lords. It was followed by Parthiv Patel, Deep Dasgupta in the top five charts.

Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Asia Cup 2018
Rishabh Pant (credits – Getty Images)

Rishabh Pant, overlooked for Asia Cup 2018:

On the personal front, Pant would be hopeful of getting a long run in the Test cricket. Currently, the only concern for Pant is to improve his wicketkeeping when the ball is moving around.

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Unfortunately, the stylish southpaw missed out a place in the Indian ODI side for the Asia Cup 2018. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) persisted with Dinesh Karthik as the backup wicket-keeper MS Dhoni in the limited-overs.

The recently-concluded England vs India 2018 saw hosts registering the scoreline with 4-1. Rishabh Pant emerged as one of the promising prospects in the series.

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