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.

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:

Also Read: Five lesser-known facts about Rishabh Pant

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