India was in a caught-up situation in the first 30 overs after England invited them to bat after winning the toss in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. India’s score was strangled at 98/5 when Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja stitched a 222-run partnership for the sixth wicket to put the innings back on track. Pant smashed a 146 off 111 balls while Jadeja scored 104 runs. The duo changed the course of the game to help India post a total of 416 runs.
This was Pant’s fifth Test hundred which came in only 89 balls before scoring another 46 runs off 22 balls. His innings was laced with 20 fours and 4 sixes. Pant’s knock helped him gain a lot of praise from the cricket fraternity but former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif went a step ahead to call the Indian batter “the Brian Lara of wicketkeepers”.
Pant knows his limitations and plays according to it
With restricted footwork it’s often problematic for batters to keep a track on the ball but not for Pant. Knowing his limitations he follows the ball trajectory and picks it up early which was also highlighted by the former Pakistani wicketkeeper.
“He (Rishabh Pant) is the Brian Lara of wicketkeepers. This match is taking place in Birmingham, the same place where Brian Lara scored 501 for Warwickshire. You must have seen his (Lara’s) glimpses in Pant’s knock today (Friday). Pant has limited feet movement, but he can pick the ball early,”LATIF SAID ON HIS OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
“He let the ball come to him. 2-3 shots that he played towards midwicket against fast bowlers were outstanding. England tried to put pressure with four slips and a gully, which meant there weren’t enough fielders outside. Pant never stopped whenever he got any chance (to score),”SAID LATIF.
Talking about the match, the visitors seemed to be mastering controls as India reduced England to 84/5 on Day 3. The hosts are trailing by 332 runs at Stumps on Saturday. Jasprit Bumrah returned figures of 3/35 while Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj claimed a wicket each.