Rishabh Pant may be just 24 years old, but he has already captained India against South Africa, in the recently concluded T20I series. While he drew a lot of flak for his captaincy, Pant silenced his critics in style with a brisk fifty against England in the rescheduled 5th Test match at Edgbaston.
The wicket-keeper batsman came out to bat at number five when India were reduced to 71/4 after Virat Kohli departed for the dugout, having been dismissed by Matthew Potts.
James Anderson was breathing fire when Pant came out to bat, but in classic ‘Pant style’, the youngster from Delhi stepped out to score his first runs, even though it appeared as a risky choice. Having been bashed for his risky shots of late, Rishabh continued his recent good run of form in red-ball cricket by smacking a quickfire fifty in 51 balls.
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Netizens meanwhile were extremely thrilled with the ‘Rishabh Pant show’ as he led the counterattack for India. Renowned cricket expert Harsha Bhogle even called Pant India’s best Test match batsman.
Here are some of the best reactions:
India in trouble? Enter Rishabh Pant. pic.twitter.com/CS6VgZk8ws
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 1, 2022
Watching Rishabh Pant play like this is a proper box-office stuff.
Whenever the team is in danger,this man has always delivered,specially in tests
Talking about the match, England skipper Ben Stokes had won the toss and he chose to bowl after which James Anderson got rid of the Indian openers early, but rain interrupted play briefly as early lunch was taken.
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In the second session, the Three Lions were again off to a good start but as soon as Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant took control they totally decimated English bowlers at will. The duo stitched together a 222-run stand for the sixth wicket, helping India on from a tough spot when they were reduced to 98/5.
Pant was dismissed after scoring 146 runs in 111 balls, while Jadeja remained unbeaten at stumps with a score of 83.
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