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There are small straws in life and writing about the innings of a sensible Rishabh Pant is one of those little straws.
I am not grateful.
A sensible Rishabh Pant’s innings is still worth far more than Sir Alastair Cook‘s most boring innings (laptops don’t allow me to type “entertaining”).
A sensible Rishabh Pant innings is still more fun than an entire career innings by Pant.
Left-handed batsman Rishabh Pant broke MS Dhoni’s record for the fastest century by an Indian batsman in Test cricket on Friday, July 1.
Rishabh Pant Astonished Every one
The southpaw achieved the feat after Ben Stokes scored an 89-ball century against England on the first day of the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
After India lost three early wickets for Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, Pant came to bat after lunch. From there, Pant played a fifty in 51 balls.
After reaching his half-century, Pant stepped forward on the gas and completed his century in double quick time.
The now 40-year-old Dhoni scored a century in 93 balls against Pakistan in Faisalabad in January 2006 and held the record for 16 years.
Pant is also one century less than Dhoni’s record for most centuries by an Indian wicketkeeper in Test cricket.
Apart from this, Pant has scored four out of the eight overseas hundreds that Indian keepers got.
The 24-year-old Pant also became the first visiting wicket-keeper to score more than one overseas century on English soil.
Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja Partenership
After India lost some early wickets, Pant and Ravindra Jadeja made a fine comeback for the visiting side.
Pant played his shots without a hitch, Jadeja lowered his head and gave his teammate the needed support.
Pant scored his first overseas century against England during the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval in London in September 2018.
It was the same four-match Test series where the Uttarakhand-born Pant made his debut in the purest format of the game.
Apart from breaking the records of MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, Rishabh Pant also created history at Edgbaston.
When he scored his 24th run of the innings, Rishabh Pant became the youngest wicket-keeper batsman in the history of the longest format of the game to complete 2,000 runs.
India, on the other hand, finished the day with Ravindra Jadeja (83*) on 338/7, which would have been an amazing century, considering the conditions in which he scored his runs.