India National Cricket Team young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and premier all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja batted incredibly well for Jasprit Bumrah and Co. on Day 1 of the 5th Test against England National Cricket Team at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Rishabh Pant came out to bat when India were struggling at 64/3 and Ravindra Jadeja joined Pant out in the middle after Shreyas Iyer got dismissed and India were at 98/5.
The Pant-Jadeja duo had a remarkable 222-run partnership in 239 balls and they helped India make a stellar comeback in the match. Pant was dismissed by Joe Root in the 67th over and he scored 146 runs off 111 balls, including 19 fours and 4 sixes. At stumps on Day 1, India were at 338/7 and Jadeja was unbeaten at 83.
The record partnership of 222 runs between Pant and Jadeja for the sixth wicket is the highest partnership by an Indian team in England. Also, this is India’s joint fourth-highest partnership in Test cricket.
Meanwhile, the 222-run partnership between Pant and Jadeja is India’s joint-highest partnership for the sixth or a lower wicket in Test cricket from a team total of less than 100 runs. Also, the partnership is India’s joint-highest stand for the sixth or a lower wicket in an away Test.
The Pant-Jadeja duo equalled Sachin Tendulkar and Mohammad Azharuddin’s record which they set in 1996 against South Africa in Cape Town. Notably, they joined forces when India were at 58/5 and they were able to add 222 runs for the sixth wicket.
The discussion with Jadeja was to focus on the partnership – Rishabh Pant
During a press conference after Day 1, Rishabh Pant was asked about his discussion with Jadeja. He replied by saying that they thought from the team’s perspective and decided to focus more on the partnership.
“The discussion with Jadeja was to focus on the partnership. If you think about it individually, then the pressure can arise. So, we thought from the team’s point of view. I think I was just focusing on the ball, yes, the pressure was there. But if you focus on the pressure, you might not get the result,” he said.
Pant further said that his focus always remains on his process and it gives him results. The young wicketkeeper-batsman added that he and Jadeja were trying to avoid losing wicket till the tea break on Day 1.
“I try to focus on my process and that might give me results most of the time. I don’t focus on the bowler; I focus on what he is bowling. It is not pre-planned that I have to after this bowler, If I feel I can hit the ball, I do that. I think if you lose too many wickets, you need to give yourself time. I was trying to build a partnership with Jaddu Bhai and we were thinking let’s not lose a wicket till the tea break,” he added.
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