India keeper-batter Rishabh Pant has moved up the list of the most runs by an Indian against England in Test cricket thanks to his amazing knocks of 146 and 57 in the ongoing fifth Test match, leaving behind legends like VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir.
The left-handed batsman had scored a brilliant century in the first innings and there seemingly was no stopping him in the 2nd innings. He bided away his time initially but then took the attack to England bowlers as he had done in the first innings.
With India struggling a bit in the 2nd innings, Rishabh took the onus and added 78 runs for the 4th wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara. While Pujara departed for 66, Rishabh hit 8 fours in his knock of 57 in 86 balls and got out trying to dominate the England spinner Jack Leach, attempting a reverse sweep off the left-arm spinner and was caught in slips.
Rishabh Pant Goes Past Gautam Gambhir And VVS Laxman
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant continued to break records as runs continued to flow off his bat. En route to his half-century on day 4 of the Test match, Rishabh leapfrogged India legends Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman in an elite list. The wicketkeeper-batsman now sits ahead of the duo on the list of most run-getters against England in Test cricket.
Gautam Gambhir scored 768 runs against them in 12 Test matches. His tally includes one century and four half-centuries. His last Test match came in 2016, against England. VVS Laxman, on the other hand, made 766 runs against the Three Lions in 17 Test matches. He hit six half-centuries against them.
With his 57 in the second innings, Rishabh Pant now has 781 runs in 12 Tests against England including three centuries and 4 half-centuries to his name. He averages 39.05 against England and has hit 93 fours and 21 sixes thus far.
The list is led by none other than Sachin Tendulkar, who made 2535 runs in 35 Tests against England with 7 centuries and 13 half-centuries with a best of 193. Another legend, Sunil Gavaskar follows him in second spot with 2483 runs in 38 Tests with 4 centuries and 16 half-centuries with a best of 221.
The third Indian batter on the list is Virat Kohli with 1991 runs in 28 Tests with a best of 235 and 5 centuries and 9 half-centuries to his name.