Rishabh Pant smashed his way into the record books after he scored an unbeaten 159* runs on Day 2 of the fourth Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The left-handed batsman became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a century in Australia. Talking about being in the nervous nineties, Pant revealed that he was feeling a ‘little nervous’.
When asked about he was feeling in the nervous nineties, Rishabh Pant said, “To be honest, I was a little nervous because in India when we were playing West Indies in last two innings, I got out on 92 and 92. So I was scared slightly, but I got through that phase early, I guess.” Rishabh Pant Scores an Unbeaten Knock of 159 Runs During Sydney Test; Check out the number of Records Created by the Wicket-Keeper Batsman.
Pant reached his Test hundred in his usual style of aggressive batting, with a heave towards the midwicket region for a boundary. The 21-year-old went to make 159 runs at a strike rate of 84, in which he hit 15 fours, and a six. Pant’s partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja put India in the driver’s seat at Stumps on Day 2. Rishabh Pant 'Will Hit You for a Six, And Babysit Your Kids', Fans Respond to Tim Paine in Style at Sydney Test; Watch Video.
When asked about his celebration on reaching the record Test century, Pant said, “I haven’t thought I’d do something like that, but whatever the expression came out of me, that’s it.”
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Pant’s score of 159 runs is the third-highest for an Indian wicketkeeper in the Test format. Ahead of him are Budhi Kunderan (192 runs), and MS Dhoni (224 runs). Also, he is the only wicketkeeper to have scored two centuries at the age of 21. Rishabh Pant Becomes First Indian Wicketkeeper Batsman to Score a Test Century in Australia, Achieves Feat During Ind vs Aus 4th Test 2019.
India declared on 622/7 after Ravindra Jadeja was dismissed on 81 runs by Nathan Lyon. The Australian openers, Marcus Harris and Usman Khwaja, survived a testing spell of 10 overs against the Indian bowling lineup. It will be an exciting Day 3 as Australia look to survive in the Test match. Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates about India vs Australia 2018-19 Test Series.