Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rishabh Pant (Image Credits: Twitter)

Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant on Sunday etched his name into the record books during the third and final ODI match against England at Old Trafford in Manchester. India outsmarted the hosts in the third ODI by five wickets thanks to the brilliant knocks from Rishabh Pant (125*) and Hardik Pandya (71) to help the visitors ease to the series victory.

Pant scored his maiden ODI hundred in his 24th ODI innings and what a moment to bring that for the Indian wicketkeeper. Pant, who has five Test hundreds under his belt, became the first Asian wicketkeeper-batter to score a century in both Tests and ODIs in England. 

Rishabh Pant’s maiden ODI hundred helps India lift the ODI series

After getting out for a nought at Lord’s, Pant staged a remarkable comeback in the series-decider game in Manchester. India were reeling at 72/4 in a chase of 260 runs. Hardik joined Pant and the duo took a step further to up the ante in India’s innings.

Hardik Pandya (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya (Image Credits: Twitter)

Hardik was the one to reach the 50-plus score first but Pant followed his partner in the cause very soon. He particularly targeted Craig Overton with the range of shots in his repertoire. Despite Hardik’s dismissal in the 36th over to Brydon Carse, Pant kept flowing the boundaries with no way he wanted to stop. His focus shifted from Overton to David Willey.

I always enjoy playing in England: Rishabh Pant

Pant bent his left knee and smoked the left-arm pacer over deep mid-wicket for a six. He hammered the same bowler for five fours in a row in the 42nd over to provide the finishing touches before sealing the game with a reverse sweep off Joe Root.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo: Twitter)

“Hopefully, I remember (this knock) for the rest of my life. I was focusing on one ball at a time when I was batting. When your team is under pressure and you bat like that .. something I aspire to do. I always enjoy playing in England, at the same time enjoy the atmosphere and the situation. The more you play the more experience you gain,” Pant, who was adjudged Player of the match, said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Pant also scored the fastest Test hundred by an Indian wicketkeeper during his 111-ball 146 against England in the Birmingham Test of this tour, which India lost by seven wickets to square the series 2-2.

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