Rishabh Pant has played his way deeper into Australian infamy with another miraculous innings that has pulled India to the verge of the World Test Championship final.
Fresh from sinking a dagger into the hearts of Australians at the Gabba in January, Pant single-handedly turned the fourth Test against England in India’s favour to put the hosts in prime position to win the series.
India only needs a draw in Ahmedabad to effectively eliminate Australia from the WTC, and play New Zealand in the final at Lord’s.
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After England was bowled out for 205, and India sunk to 4-80, Pant produced a Test century of the finest order.
In true Pant style, the big-hitting wicketkeeper smoked 13 fours and two sixes — one of which brought up his third Test century.
Making his innings all the more remarkable was the match-awareness he showed to find his way to 55 runs off 91 balls before seizing his moment — making his century just 24 balls later.
Pant was dismissed by James Anderson for 101, and left the crease with India at 7-259.
In doing so, he effectively has taken the Test away from England, and with it the series and Australia’s WTC hopes.
Pant has made a habit of tormenting Australia, where he has been a part of back-to-back Border-Gavaskar series wins.
At the Gabba in January, he hit
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