The 21 years old wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, has registered his name as one of the most prolific finds of this year. This short man of 5 feet 5 inches has a huge amount of talent; he has shown his true class on Australian pitches which are considered to be rather tough for batsmen.
However, nothing seems impossible for him. Pant, who walked out after the dismissal of Vihari, looked very assured at the outset; he was content in turning the strike over to Cheteshwar Pujara but after the dismissal of Pujara, he became more expressive and started playing his strokes.
India galloped along at a fair clip and the young man was in his elements.
Pant’s classy shots all around the park enabled him to secure an awesome century, making him the first Indian wicket-keeper batsman to do so.
Rishabh Pant’s impressive records
This was also Pant’s 2nd Test century and he became the 10th visiting wicket-keeper to score a ton in Australia. Also, he is only the 2nd Indian after Dattu Phadkar to score a century at number 7 position in Australia.
Delhi boy, Pant, scored 159 in the third test against Australia and broke Mahinder Singh Dhoni’s record of the highest score by Indian wicket-keeper batsman in an overseas test match which was 148. Dhoni had scored 148 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006.
In his all-around performance, Pant smashed 15 boundaries and a six; he now also holds the record of the highest score by an Asian wicket-keeper batsman outside sub-continent.
Although this is just the second century of his international career, yet the current Rishabh Pant stats are showing great promise for the upcoming years..
Rishabh’s performance in domestic
This is not the first time that he has exhibited such great form. Rishabh has given impressive performances in India’s domestic circle too:
In the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy, while playing a match against Maharashtra, he scored 308 runs in an innings, becoming the third-youngest Indian to score a triple century in first-class cricket.
On 14 January, in the 2017–18 Zonal T20 League fixture between Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, Pant scored the second-fastest century in a T20 match, making 100 from just 32 balls.
Rishabh Pant in IPL
He rose to fame through his spectacular performance in India’s biggest domestic league: IPL. Pant played for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018, and now will be representing Delhi Capitals for the upcoming VIVO IPL 2019.
In every match he gave his best shot:
Just in his third match of IPL, Rishabh scored 69 runs from 40 balls which helped Delhi to win the match against Gujrat Lions.
Breaking records in IPL
In the IPL 2018, Pant got a lot of acknowledgment when he scored 128 runs from just 63 balls, making the second highest individual score by an Indian cricketer in a T20 match.
Previously only Virender Sehwag had scored 134 in Masters League.
The best babysitter to have
Rishabh is not just great on the field but he has a lot of talent off the field too. On day three with Pant at the crease during an evening collapse, Paine made light of the fact that the keeper had a break coming up because 37-year-old wicketkeeper MS Dhoni had been called into India’s squad for the ODI series after the Tests.
He said Pant will now just babysit after Dhoni’s return to the squad. Later when the two-Test teams visited Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Kirribilli House on New Year’s Day, Paine’s wife, Bonnie, got in on the joke.
She posted an Instagram story with Pant holding the youngest Paine, Charlie, who was born just before Australia’s Test tour of the UAE in October. ICC also tweeted the photo from their Twitter.
Tim Paine to @RishabPant777 at Boxing Day Test: “You babysit? I’ll take the wife to the movies one night, you’ll look after the kids?”
*Challenge accepted!* 👶
(📸 Mrs Bonnie Paine) pic.twitter.com/QkMg4DCyDT
— ICC (@ICC) January 1, 2019
Pant instantly became famous as the most wanted babysitter of India and Pant took it in his stride.
Although Pant is still not married, we are quite sure he will make a good family man. He has real capabilities to woo children.
The new superstar on social media
After his brilliant century and all the jokes that have sprung up in Australia, Pant instantly garnered eyeballs and became quite famous on social media. His Twitter and Instagram following quickly jumped through the roof.
A star in the making
He might be the new superstar on the block but Pant has a long way to go in his opinion. He shared his delight over his commendable performance but stressed that he shall remain focused on one goal and that is to make India proud.
Well, he sure is working in the right direction as his century has enabled India to declare the innings on 622/7 and we are yet to see if Australia can win back the match from here onwards.
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