Fans and cricket experts all around the world were awestruck by Rishabh Pant’s counter-attacking innings against England on day one of the ongoing fifth Test matches at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Indian team was in trouble at one point, having lost half of the team for 98 runs. However, Rishabh Pant’s brilliant century, well supported by Ravindra Jadeja’s fifty took India to a strong position at the end of the first day’s play.
Rishabh Pant slammed his fifth Test century off just 89 balls, taking the attack to the opposition bowlers. In the fifty-eight over, he pulled a short delivery towards the fine leg and ran for a couple of runs to complete his century. This was the fastest century by an Indian wicket-keeper batter. Rishabh Pant smashed twenty boundaries and four sixes during his stay at the crease.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 1, 2022
The Indian wicket-keeper batter was dismissed for 146 runs off 111 deliveries at a strike rate of 131.53. This was his second century in English conditions against the hosts. Rishabh Pant’s knock not only helped India to get out of trouble but also put them in a commanding position.
Let’s take a look at how the fans and experts reacted to Rishabh Pant’s blazing Test century:
Simply awesome @RishabhPant17!
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 1, 2022
Pant is in a league of his own.
The most entertaining cricketer in the world, this is a special one. pic.twitter.com/PgGTjgxUd9
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 1, 2022
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) July 1, 2022
Box office stuff from Rishabh Pant. One of the best counter-attacking innings that one will ever see. One special player. #INDvsENG
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) July 1, 2022
Phenomenal from Rishabh Pant. Simply outstanding. Fabulous partnership with Jadeja to given they were 98-5.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) July 1, 2022
When in trouble, call the Spiderman!
What a fierce knock by rockstar Rishabh Pant against a quality english bowling unit under such circumstances. Best way to fight a fire is to fight it with the fire. #EngVsInd pic.twitter.com/q2mPeqTWyi
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) July 1, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 1, 2022
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 1, 2022
Do love Rishabh Pant in Test cricket 🔥🔥 #ENGvIND
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) July 1, 2022
Rishabh Pant be like pic.twitter.com/cS2j1sraia
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) July 1, 2022
Running out of words. The guy reeks of fearlessness. You beauty, Rishabh Pant.#ENGvIND
— Prajakta (@18prajakta) July 1, 2022
Rishabh Pant is India’s best ever wicket-keeper batter in ‘Tests’ …and he’s not even 25 yet. The number of Test match defining innings he’s played in just 30 matches is simply sensational. 👏 👏 #ENGvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 2, 2022
– Century at The Oval.
– Century in Sydney.
– Century in Ahmedabad.
– Century at The Newlands.
– Century at The Edgbaston.
– One man, Rishabh Pant! pic.twitter.com/sbFp2pfakY
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 1, 2022
Pant is playing great Test innings for fun these days! Hats off!
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 1, 2022
Leach into the attack
— Saahil Sharma (@faahil) July 1, 2022
Rishab pant – Test cricket 🏏 maverick !! Strongly feel to emulate his test performance, he MUST open in white ball cricket . Exactly what the great Adam gilchrist did for Australia . Could be a game changing options for 🇮🇳 #INDvsENG
— Shreevats goswami (@shreevats1) July 1, 2022
That Dravid reaction. ♥️ Pant is making a habit of this now. Special guy, really. #ENGvsIND
— TheRandomCricketPhotosGuy (@RandomCricketP1) July 1, 2022
— Vamsi𓃵 (@VamsiRCHolic18) July 1, 2022
India ends Day one in a strong position, after initial hiccups
Owing to Rishabh Pant’s magical knock and Ravindra Jadeja’s fantastic fifty, India ended day one on 338/7. The duo added 222 runs for the sixth wicket in the innings. Ravindra Jadeja is unbeaten on 83 runs off 163 balls, including ten boundaries on day one.
The all-rounder will resume the Indian innings along with Mohammed Shami on day two of the Test match. Earlier in the match, England skipper Ben Stokes won the toss and asked India to bat first. They managed to reduce the Indian team to 98/5, however, Pant and Jadeja’s partnership caught them off guard.