Indian wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant is known for antics with the bat irrespective of the format of the game. Pant has changed the course of a Test match quite a few times in his career. Fans wouldn’t have forgotten his innings against Australia in Sydney and Brisbane last year. Later on, he played another match-changing inning against England in Ahmedabad, which put the game in the favor of India.
Recently, the left-hander had a nightmare of a series against South Africa. In the five T20Is, the Delhi player could only muster 58 runs. The former India U19 player came to England on the back of poor scores. India are currently playing a four-day warm-up game where Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, Prasidh Krishna, and Jasprit Bumrah are playing for Leicester. The idea behind this was to give adequate match-time to most of the players ahead of the fifth Test.
On the second day of the warm-up game, the wicketkeeper batter played an innings of 76 runs to take the team to 244. The Indians only lead by two runs at the end of the innings. When he came out to bat, the hosts were struggling at 44/3 and their problems amplified after losing six for 138 runs. Pant bein Pant, however, rescued with a superlative knock of 76 runs off just 87 balls, including 14 fours and a six.
Notably, the video of the only six is going viral on social media. Apparently, he played a scoop shot against Umesh Yadav and the ball went over the fine leg boundary.
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Talking about the match proceedings, the visitors have been able apply themselves much better than the first innings. They have scored 80/1 at the end of Day Two. Srikar Bharat, who scored 70 not out in the first innings, opened the batting and scored unbeaten 31. Shubman Gill wasted another start as he got out after scoring 38.
As for the bowling, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each. On the other hand, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj took two each. Navdeep Saini is the fifth player to turn up for the hosts.