The Indian batter Rishabh Pant answered his critics in a very solid manner by scoring a century in the fifth rescheduled test match against England which is being played at Edgbaston and what makes this innings of Pant more special is the fact that it came at a time when team India needed it the most.
Presently, India is leading by 2-1 in the 5-match series and England was going pretty strong from the start as it sent five Indian top order batters back to the pavilion at the score of 98. However, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja not only stopped the England bowlers from taking wickets but also kept the score board ticking. Pant was faster between the two as far as the speed of scoring runs is concerned because he completed his century in 89 balls.
How important Rishabh Pant’s century was can be understood by the reaction that the Indian head coach Rahul Dravid gave. The former Indian cricketer who is also referred to as The Wall by his fans is known to be a reserved person who doesn’t express his emotions much but as Rishabh Pant completed the second run to reach his century, Rahul Dravid jumped up from his seat and gave an animated reaction.
Here in this video in which you can watch the ultimate reaction of Dravid:
Rishabh Pant, you beauty! 🤩💯
Is there a more exciting Test cricketer in the modern game?! 🔥
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Rishabh Pant was caught by Zak Crawley on the bowling of Joe Root at the score of 146 for which he played 111 balls and his innings included 19 fours and 4 sixes. By the time Rishabh Pant departed, the Indian team was on the score of 320 and both the batters Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja produced a partnership of 222 runs which is the highest ever against England for the sixth wicket.
At the end of the day 1, India was at the score of 338/7 with Ravindra Jadeja at the score of 83 and marching towards his third test century strongly and Mohammed Shami at 0.
We have seen Rahul Dravid rarely showing his emotions but on this occasion, even he was not able to control his excitement.