Superman Rishabh Pant: Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik laud India wicketkeeper after Cape Town Test hundred

Eight days after he was heavily criticized for throwing his wicket away with an irresponsible shot in Johannesburg, Rishabh Pant emerged as India’s hero in Cape Town, hitting a potentially series-winning hundred in the 3rd Test against South Africa.

Rishabh Pant broke MS Dhoni’s record to become the first India wicketkeeper-batter to hit a Test hundred in South Africa on Thursday at Newlands. Pant’s unbeaten 100 helped India avoid a 2nd innings capitulation as they stretched their lead to 211 and put South Africa into bat in the final session on Day 3.

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Pant single-handedly led India’s batting effort even as the rest of the batters struggled to get going on a pitch that quickened in Cape Town. Pant joined Virat Kohli in the middle early on Day 3 after they lost Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane cheaply.

Rishabh Pant was slammed for getting out on 0 in the 2nd innings of the Johannesburg Test as he ran down the track to charge Kagiso Rabada in just the third delivery he faced. However, on Thursday in Cape Town, there were no rash shots but only controlled aggression as he respected the conditions and the match situation.

Pant had gotten to 51 not out in just 60 balls at Lunch but it was a calculated effort from the wicketkeeper-batter.

Pant stitched a crucial 94-run stand with captain Virat Kohli but he kept losing partners after the India captain departed in the post-Lunch session. However, the young wicketkeeper batted wonderfully well with the tail and got to his hundred when India were 9 down.

Pant scored more than half of India’s 2nd innings total as he completed the troika of hundreds in South Africa, England and Australia — all of them coming on his maiden tours to the respective countries.

Pant’s knock of 100 not out left the cricket fraternity in awe with the likes of Rohit Shama and Virender Sehwag leading the praise for the X-factor man of the Indian Test team.

Pant’s 100 helped India set South Africa a 212-run target but the hosts got off to a good start in the final session of Day 3. Dean Elgar was once again leading the charge after his 96 not out helped South Africa gun down a 240-run target in the final innings of the 2nd Test in Johannesburg last week.

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