Rishabh Pant became the first Indian wicket-keeper to smash a century against Australia in Australia in the longest format of the game.
Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant smashed a sublime century on the second day of the fourth test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Pant’s second test century came in 137 balls. He was batting at 96 and hit Marnus Labuschagne for a boundary at mid-wicket region and brought up his maiden Test century on Australian soil in style.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) January 4, 2019
With this century, he broke former India wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer’s record (89) of highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper in Adelaide, Australia in 1967. Pant also became the only Indian wicket-keeper to score two Test centuries outside Asia. He scored 114 against England at the Oval in September 2018. 21-year 92-day old Pant became the second youngest Indian to score a century in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar; who scored two centuries at SCG and Perth in 1992 at the age of 18 years and 256 days and 18 years 285 days, respectively.
List of Indian wicketkeepers’ highest score in Australia:
Rishabh Pant – 100* at SCG in 2019
Farokh Engineer – 89 at Adelaide in 1967
Kiran More – 67* at MCG in 1991
Parthiv Patel – 62 at SCG in 2004
MS Dhoni – 57* at SCG in 2012
Pant’s century broke Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 12-year old record of the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper in an overseas Test. Previously Dhoni had scored 148 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006. Pant crossed the milestone in the second day of the final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Pant was batting on 145 when he smashed Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood for a boundary over mid-off, surpassing Dhoni’s 148. He remained unbeaten at 159 off 189 balls before captain Virat Kohli declared India’s innings at 622/7 at the SCG. His 159* comprised of 15 boundaries and a six.
The 21-year-old now also holds the joint record of the highest score by an Asian wicket-keeper outside the sub-continent. Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim also scored 159 against New Zealand in Wellington in 2017.
As he broke the records, Twitteratis started wishing him for this:
hundreds in england & australia in his first few months of test cricket, a bunch of catches and exceptional babysitting skills – rishabh pant has to be among the most productive 21-year olds around #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 4, 2019
1st Indian to open a Test account with the six.
1st Indian keeper to score a Test century in England.
1st Indian keeper to take 11 catches in a Test.
1st Indian keeper to take 20 catches in a Test series.
1st Indian keeper to score a Test century in Australia.
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 4, 2019
Rishabh Pant has now passed 20 in all 7 innings in the series. But is yet to register a half century. Despite that he sits third in the series for runs. Remarkable consistency. Scores of 25,28,36,30,39,33,22*
— SEN 1116 (@1116sen) January 4, 2019
Also Read: Five lesser-known facts about Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant at SCG:
– First Indian keeper to score a Test century in Australia.
– First Indian keeper with two away Test centuries
He was also the first Indian keeper to score a Test century in England and in the 4th innings. #AUSvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 4, 2019
Rishabh Pant's 159* is the second-highest Test score by a visiting wicketkeeper in Australia, behind only ABdV's 169 in Perth, 2012 #AUSvIND
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) January 4, 2019