Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Credits: Twitter

Indian wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant played one of the best knocks of his Test career as he remained undefeated on 100 against South Africa in the ongoing third Test.

Pant joined skipper Virat Kohli at the crease when India were reeling at 58/4 after losing the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Kohli was meticulously trying to avoid the balls that were pitched away from his bodyline, so the onus was left on Pant to keep the scoreboard busy.

Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 100 against South Africa

Pant, who has been chastised by pundits for playing unnecessary shots, orchestrated India’s lead with his aggressive mode of batting as he slashed, hoicked and swiped against the South African bowlers.

Rishabh Pant.
Rishabh Pant. Credits: Twitter

Not only did he play the bad balls, but also showed great temptation against the good deliveries with his sheer brilliance. He swiped one, playing across the line, to Duanne Olivier for a six near wide long-on.

Before that, he had blasted consecutive sixes against South Africa’s left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj in the 48th over.

I feel it is one of the best hundreds overseas by an Indian: Gautam Gambhir

Pant was batting at 71 when Kohli poked an outside off-stump pitched delivery by Lungi Ngidi to Aiden Markram at the second slip.

It finally ended the 94-run stand between Pant and Kohli, the latter had just contributed 15 runs in this alliance.

Pant smacked Rabada for a boundary to move to 98 and got a single on the final ball of his over to inch closer to his hundred. In the next over, he swivels pulled it through square leg to complete his fourth Test hundred.

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir applauded the southpaw for his stupendous knock.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir Credits: Twitter

“I feel it is one of the best hundreds overseas by an Indian. The sort of situation that was there, it is necessary to remember that he [Pant] had come into bat when India had lost two wickets in the first two overs. It is not that he had come when a platform had been set,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.

“If he had gotten out there, the game might have become one-sided. So despite that, such an attacking hundred, with so much control and to play till the end and remain unbeaten – amazing knock,” he added.

Pant hammered six fours and four sixes in his magnificent unbeaten knock as India were bowled out for 198 with the Proteas asked to chase 212 to win the series decider match.

South Africa were 101/2 at the end of the stumps on Day 3 They are still 111 runs away from a series win with Keegan Petersen batting on 48.

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