Rishabh Pant scored his third Test ton after a string of nineties in recent times to put India into the driver’s seat at the end of the second day’s play in Ahmedabad in the ongoing fourth and final Test match. India finally ended day 2 on 294/7 scoring close to 150 runs in the last session of play thanks to Pant’s counter-attacking knock once the new-ball was taken. India lead by 89 runs at stumps with Washington Sundar unbeaten on 60 and given company by Axar Patel on 11.
The England bowlers were made to work extremely hard. They had hardly any energy left by the end of the day’s play. Anderson and Stokes bowled as many as 42 overs together while Leach bowled just 23. Bess had an off day as he bowled just 15 overs and gave away 56 runs. Root tried to cover up for Bess bowling 14 overs and costing 46 in the process.
Meanwhile, Adam Gilchrist has complemented the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman for his counter-attacking knock in Ahmedabad. Gilchrist and Pant both have Test centuries in England, Australia and India. Pant led India’s recovery after they were reeling at 121-5 to take them to 294-7, leading England by 89 runs at stumps on Day 2 of the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad. Pant slammed his third Test ton, first-ever in home conditions, to return with a 118-ball 101, laced with 13 fours and two sixes.
Adam Gilchrist Compliments Rishabh Pant
The Aussie tweeted saying, “It’s not just about how many you get, but also when you get them. If you can somehow sync the first with the second, when the team needs it most, you’re a true match-winner. Looking at you @RishabhPant17.”
It’s not just about how many you get, but also when you get them. If you can somehow sync the first with the second, when the team needs it most, you’re a true match winner. Looking at you @RishabhPant17 👏
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) March 5, 2021
Rishabh Pant was quick enough to respond to Gilchrist his idol, on whom his game is molded so much.
“Huge compliment coming from you, Gilly! Learned a lot watching you over the years” Pant replied.
Huge compliment coming from you, Gilly! Learned a lot watching you over the years. https://t.co/H5XIQl3XMe
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) March 5, 2021
England’s loss in the third Test has knocked them out of the World Test Championship final. India needs to ensure that they do not lose the Test match to cement a spot in the final alongside New Zealand.