Rishabh Pant achieves a milestone on his first tour
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant created history on Day 2 of India-Australia 4th Test as be became the first glovesman from Asia to score a Test century on Australian soil. In the 150th over, batting on 96, Pant smashed Australian spinner Marnus Labuschagne for a boundary to register his name in history books. The Delhi-batsman reached the three-figure mark off 137 balls. This was Pant’s second Test ton after he scored a brilliant century on India’s tour to England in 2018.
The previous highest Test score in Australia by an Indian wicketkeeper was by Farokh Engineer – who scored 89 runs against Australia in 1967. Kiran More (67* in 19991), Parthiv Patel (62 in 2004) and MS Dhoni (57* in 2012) are ranked third, fourth and fifth respectively in the list. Pant’s ton put India in a commanding position as the visitors crossed 550-run mark at the time this copy was being written. Earlier in the day, Cheteshwar Pujara was finally dismissed by Nathan Lyon after scoring 193 runs. Pujara and Pant were involved in an 89-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Apart from entertaining fans with the bat in the series, Pant has also been lauded by the cricket fraternity for producing some gems from behind the wickets to give the Aussies a taste of their own medicine. Recently, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosted members of the Indian and the Australian cricket team at his official residence on New Year’s Day.
When introduced to Pant, Morrison asked him, “Aah yes! You sledge, right?” At the same event, Pant was also involved in a brilliant gesture as he was seen posing with Australian skipper Tim Paine’s wife and kids. The image went viral on social media as during the third Test, to break Pant’s concentration while he was batting, Paine asked him – “You babysit? I’ll take the wife to the movies one night, you’ll look after the kids?”