Ahead of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide, Rishabh Pant has pushed his case for a place in the playing eleven with a stunning century against Australia A at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. The left-handed batsman took the bowlers to the cleaners during his whirlwind knock.
He reached his ton off just 73 balls and was unbeaten on 103 when stumps were called. Along with him, Hanuma Vihari was unbeaten on 104. Earlier in the day, Shubman Gill (65) and Mayank Agarwal (61) came up with notable contributions too as India piled on the runs.
Having scored a modest 194 in the first innings that saw Jasprit Bumrah’s unbeaten 55 being the top-score, India’s batsmen delivered in the second innings. At stumps, the score was 386 for 4 with the overall lead extended to 472.
Rishabh Pant’s final over heroics:
The highlight of the day was Rishabh Pant’s knock. The highly-rated batsman has endured a tough 12 months which has seen him lose his place in the limited-overs squads. He was also under pressure to deliver after managing just five in the first innings of the ongoing game.
And he responded in style by smashing a 73-ball ton. His stunning knock was studded with 9 fours and six sixes. And the highlight of his knock was the way in which he reached his century. He was batting on 81 when Jack Wildermuth came to bowl the final over of the day.
On the very first ball, the pacer hit Rishabh Pant on his belly and the chances of seeing the latter reaching his ton was looking absolutely bleak. However, the southpaw showed his talent by dispatching the next five deliveries to boundary and reaching his ton in style.
The second and third ball went for fours before he pulled one for a six. The next two balls went for fours too, taking Rishabh Pant’s score to 103.
Here is a clip of the final over of the day: