India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant on Monday (January 11) once again showed a glimpse of his immense batting potential as he slammed 97 on the fifth and final day of the third Test against Australia at SCG.
Chasing Australia’s target of 407 in the fourth innings, Team India were struggling at 102/3 before Pant produced a special knock to give the visitors some hope of winning or saving the game.
The southpaw scored 97 off 118 deliveries and his innings was laced with 12 fours and 3 sixes. In the process, he also shared a 148-run stand along with Cheteshwar Pujara.
Nathan Lyon dismissed Pant in the 80th over of India’s second innings. When he got out, the tourists needed 157 runs to win the game with 5 wickets left in the tank.
For his stunning display with the bat, Rishabh Pant garnered rich praise from the cricket fraternity on Twitter.
Check out the reactions:
Special knock that by Pant.#AUSvsIND
— Jason Gillespie ???? (@dizzy259) January 11, 2021
Pant batting, I will always turn the TV on. Great innings comes to an end. A 100 was deserved. #INDvAUS #cricket
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) January 11, 2021
He may not have got his ???? but @RishabhPant17 can be very proud at the way he batted. Got India back into the game with his aggressive stroke play. Well done young man. #AUSvIND
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 11, 2021
Alas and alack, @RishabhPant17’s great counterattacking knock comes to an end with the Aussies almost on the mat. Changes tenor of the match. Pressure back on India to survive almost two sessions
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 11, 2021
पंत भला तो सब भला.
Wasn’t a century but what a helluva knock under pressure…fought the odds and the injury. #RishabhPant #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 11, 2021
Well played brother ! ????❤️ https://t.co/XCMcSUvCjN
— Suresh Raina???????? (@ImRaina) January 11, 2021
Great knock from Pant ???? https://t.co/HHfOTAM9jh
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) January 11, 2021
The kind of knock one’s always been talking about, right? Chips are down and a little fearless counter attacking madness which ruffles up the opposition. Pant’s blitz has kept us alive .. Whatever the result – That was special @RishabhPant17 #IndvAus
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) January 11, 2021
Gonna leave this here for all the people who retweeted this laughing and thinking I was crazy ! What an innings from pant !! He has match winning ability . That was just brilliant . #BorderGavaskarTrophy #INDvAUS #RishabhPant https://t.co/QKtUgXBHVR
— Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) January 11, 2021
The century wasn’t to be. But it is easily Pant’s best test innings. You can’t fault him the shot because it was many of those that offered a glimmer of victory when none believed it was possible.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 11, 2021
Wonderful innings from Pant, his natural instinct should always be embraced. “Live by the sword, die by the sword”#AUSvIND
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) January 11, 2021
On our hand each finger does a different job, and that’s exactly what @cheteshwar1 and @RishabhPant17 did for #TeamIndia. Wonderful partnership.#ONETEAMONECAUSE#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/sUEwWXXvYj
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 11, 2021