On Day 1 of the rescheduled fifth Test, India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant hailed his late childhood mentor, Tarak Sinha, for helping him score a brilliant century against England.
In his 111-ball 146, the 24-year-old Pant hit 19 boundaries and four maximums. He and Ravindra Jadeja (83 not out), who together scored 222 runs for the sixth wicket, assisted India in turning things around following an early collapse.
I Have Kept Working On My Defence: Rishabh Pant
“Tarak Sir used to tell me that I could hit but I had to focus on defence. Since then, I have kept working on my defence.
At the same time, when you are playing Test cricket, it is important to stay on defence. You can’t hit all the balls and you can’t do defence on all the balls. I’m trying to play on the merit of the ball,” Pant said in the post-day one press conference.
On Day 1, which was hampered by rain, India was reduced to 98 for the loss of five wickets in 27.5 overs before the duo of Pant and Jadeja restored the team’s innings.
Pant broke MS Dhoni’s record for the quickest century by an Indian hitter in the longest format with his 89-ball total. The left-hander also made history by being the only foreign wicketkeeper to reach more than one century in a foreign Test on English soil.
Rishabh Pant Comments On Batting At NO.5
When questioned about beating Shreyas Iyer, the wicketkeeper-batter responded as follows: “I was always coming at number 5”.
In the 67th over, former England captain Joe Root dismissed Pant when the wicketkeeper-batter edged to slip.
At stumps, India has 338 runs for the cost of seven wickets, with overnight batsmen Mohammed Shami and Jadeja. James Anderson, a seasoned fast bowler, and Matthew Potts each claimed three wickets for England. After India entered the batting phase, Ben Stokes and Joe Root each claimed one wicket.