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Fans Hail Rishabh Pant For His Powerful Knock Of 146 Runs At Edgbaston

This – an extraordinary century in India’s first innings of the Edgbaston Test vs England – wasn’t a madcap innings – until it became one – by Rishabh Pant.

Rishabh Pant Played A Fiery Knock

Until he reached his three-figure score, this was a more calculated one – leaving the good balls, judging the lines and lengths well, yet also intimidating the bowlers – and despite that, he brought up his half-century off 51 balls, followed by the hundred off 89 balls, which is now the third-fastest ton by an Indian in Tests outside Asia.

Jonny Bairstow while fielding might have liked this innings from Pant. After all, on expected lines, the young left-hander brought Pant-ball to take on the Baz-ball.

Positivity is what England have been thriving on over the past month. Positivity is what Pant brought to the crease when he strolled in at the score of 64/3 which then slipped to 98/5 and in were standing Pant and Jadeja, the last recognized batting pair with the mercurial Shardul Thakur to follow and three number 11s after that.

Pant’s first target was Jack Leach, who was walloped mercilessly last year in India. Leach had already been slapped down the ground by Jadeja, and now Pant whacked him for 4, 4, and 6, making their intentions clear that they want to put Leach out of attack despite taking the risk of losing their wickets.

Rishabh Pant
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This partnership is what India’s hopes hinge on; the two southpaws have kept them alive by Tea on Day 1 – with an unbeaten stand of 76 runs in 101 balls.

After Tea, Pant then just rumbled from thereon – not sparing any English bowler. Potts and Anderson, the pair who shared the first five wickets, were carted around the park for boundaries, including an audacious reverse-scoop and a skip downtown off the legendary seamer.

He reached his hundred in quick time. After that, it was sheer madness. Sixes down the ground despite fielders present there, six off only one hand, paddles. England were getting their medicine.

Netizens were effusive in praise of Pant, who brought up his fifth Test ton and is already being hailed as the greatest Indian wicket-keeper batsman in Test cricket.

Here are some of the best reactions to Pant’s counter-attack:

Also Read: Rahul Dravid’s Reaction After Rishabh Pant Reached His Century Has Gone Viral

Jatin Khandelwal

Hi, I am Jatin Khandelwal. Cricket writing came accidentally for me with an undergrad engineering degree. With opportunities first as a freelancer and then full-time, and experience with time, I have grown in the role. The Cricket Lounge is a place where I can thrive with the best of my abilities.

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