Rishabh Pant registered his maiden ODI century as he guided India to a five-wicket win against England in the three-match ODI series decider on Sunday.
Rishabh Pant celebrates after guiding India to a 5-wicket win against England. (Courtesy: AP)
- Rishabh Pant became 4th Indian wicket-keeper to score an ODI century
- Hardik Pandya became 5th Indian to take 4 wickets and score 50-plus
- India beat England by five wickets in 3rd ODI to win the series
Former England captain Michael Vaughan heaped praise on Rishabh Pant, saying the Indian wicketkeeper-batter is “incredibly entertaining but also very smart”.
Pant guided India to a five-wicket victory over England in the three-match ODI series decider at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday (July 17). He, along with Hardik Pandya, stitched a 133-run partnership for the fifth wicket after India suffered an early collapse while chasing 260 runs.
“What a cricketer Rishabh Pant is .. Incredibly entertaining but also very smart,” Vaughan tweeted.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 17, 2022
Pant finished unbeaten on 125 runs off 113 balls. The left-hander’s innings was studded with 16 boundaries and two maximums. He also became the fourth Indian wicket-keeper to score an ODI century after MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and KL Rahul.
Hardik Pandya took a four-wicket haul to help India bundle out England for 259 inside 46 overs. He then scored 71 runs off 55 balls. On the back of his heroics, Pandya joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and K Srikkanth in an elite ODI list as he became the fifth Indian to score a fifty-plus score and take four wickets.
Pandya is the only Indian to achieve the feat outside the Indian subcontinent and the first Indian player since Yuvraj Singh’s brilliance at the 2011 World Cup. Pandya and Pant have been rested for the upcoming ODI series against West Indies. The duo will join the Indian team towards the end of July for the five-match T20I series against West Indies.
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