Last Update on: July 2nd, 2022 at 12:26 pm
Rishabh Pant was the flavor of day one of the rescheduled fifth Test match between England and India which went underway on July 1 in Edgbaston and hammered the fastest Test ton by an Indian keeper, breaking the record of great MS Dhoni.
Ben Stokes won the toss and chose England will bowl first. His decision proved to be a good one as overcast conditions and then rains in the first session of the day’s play gave the home team bowlers much to rejoice about.
James Anderson pouched three wickets including India openers Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara and then bounced out Shreyas Iyer, ripping open his weakness against short bowling for the world to see. Matthew Potts then accounted for Hanuma Vihari and then removed the big fish Virat Kohli, as India faltered for 98/5.
Rishabh Pant Slams 146 Runs In 111 Balls; Adds 222 Runs With Ravindra Jadeja To Help India Out Of Trouble
Pant came to bat in the post-lunch session after India lost three early wickets of Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli in pretty quick succession. From there on, Pant blazed away to a half-century off 51 balls.
After reaching his fifty, Pant pressed on the accelerator more and raced to his century off just 89 balls, which was the fastest by any Indian keeper in Test cricket. Pant broke MS Dhoni’s record which was set in 2006. Dhoni had smashed a 93-ball century against Pakistan in the 2006 Faisalabad Test match and held the record for 16 years.
Pant is also one century short of Dhoni’s record of most centuries by an Indian wicketkeeper in Test cricket. Moreover, Pant has scored four out of the eight overseas hundreds that Indian keepers have got.
Rishabh Pant finally fell for 146 in 111 balls with 19 fours and 4 sixes with a strike rate of 135.53. With this ton, 24-year-old Pant also became the first visiting wicketkeeper to score more than one overseas century on English soil.
His first ton in England came in 2018 when he smashed a century in the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval in London.