On the first day of the Edgbaston Test match against England, Rishabh Pant got a big bang. Pant played a memorable inning of 146 runs while thrashing the England bowlers. This was the fifth century of Rishabh Pants Test career. This wicket-keeper batsman hit 20 fours and four sixes in his innings of 111 balls.
Rishabh Pant shared a 222-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja during his brilliant innings. Due to this, by the end of the first days play, India scored 338 for seven in their first innings. Ravindra Jadeja 83 and Mohammed Shami were at the crease after scoring zero runs. The 24-year-old Pant made a flurry of records during the century innings.
Test matches have been played at Edgbaston since 1902, but before that, no batsman had scored a century in less than 100 balls. Rishabh Pant is the third Indian batsman to score a Test century at Edgbaston. Earlier, only great batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli were able to do this.
This is Rishabh Pants second century in 2022. Earlier, Pant also scored 100 runs in Cape Town Test against South Africa held in January. In such a situation, Pant has now become the fourth Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score two centuries in a calendar year. Apart from this, Pant has also become the first Indian wicketkeeper to score four centuries outside Asia. Vijay Manjrekar, Wriddhiman Saha, and Ajay Ratra have three centuries each outside Asia.
Rishabh Pant has also completed two thousand runs in Test cricket during his brilliant innings. Pant is only the fourth wicket-keeper batsman from India to do so. Before him, only MS Dhoni, Syed Kirmani, and Farooq Engineer had managed to score more than two thousand runs in Tests. Not only this, but Rishabh Pant has also become the youngest Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score 2000 runs in Test cricket.
Rishabh Pant has now become the third Indian batsman to score the fastest century in Test cricket outside Asia. Virender Sehwag is number one in this matter. Sehwag scored a century in 78 balls against West Indies in 2006. Azharuddin is at number two in this list, who scored a century in 88 balls against England at Lords in 1990.
Pants century is the fastest century by an Indian batsman on English soil. Mohammad Azharuddin is the fastest Indian player to score a century in England. Azharuddin scored a century in 88 balls in the Lords Test in 1990.