Rishabh Pant played an outrageous reverse-scoop shot off James Anderson.© Twitter
Rishabh Pant smashed his third Test century as he bailed India out of trouble in the ongoing fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad. As he neared the three-figure mark, Pant played a reverse-scoop off England’s leading wicket taker in the longest format of the game — James Anderson. Pant’s audacious shot to collect a boundary off Anderson light up Twitter as former cricketers and fans applauded the courageous knock by the 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman.
Watch the video of Pant’s reverse-scoop here:
— N (@flickofkohli) March 5, 2021
“Me Watching Rishabh Pant reverse sweep Anderson for a boundary and then bring up his century with a SIX. That’s my Boy,” Virender Sehwag tweeted.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 5, 2021
“Shot Of 2021…..that reverse sweep vs James Anderson with the second new ball. Audacious. Adventurous. Rishabh Pant is an absolute freak. Love his play to bits,” Aakash Chopra wrote on Twitter.
Shot Of 2021…..that reverse sweep vs James Anderson with the second new ball. Audacious. Adventurous. Rishabh Pant is an absolute freak. Love his play to bits. #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 5, 2021
“NO YOU CANNOT DO THAT RISHABH PANT,” Wasim Jaffer said.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 5, 2021
Anderson finally got his revenge as Pant fell soon after reaching the three-figure mark.
During his knock, Pant smashed two sixes and 13 boundaries en route to his maiden century on home soil.
Pant came into bat with India reeling at 80 for four after losing Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in quick succession.
He put on a 41-run stand with Rohit Sharma for the fifth wicket and then a 113-run partnership with Washington Sundar that helped India take crucial first-innings lead.
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