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The third and last Test match is being played between India and South Africa in Cape Town. On Thursday, the third day’s play went to Rishabh Pant. Pant, batting brilliantly, played a not out innings of 100 runs in 139 balls. Rishabh scored a century in Tests after 14 innings.
Earlier, he scored a century in the home Test series against England last year. Then Pant scored 101 runs in 118 balls in the first innings of the Ahmedabad Test. This is Rishabh’s fourth century in Test cricket and his first century against South Africa.
Veterans praised the innings
Rishabh Pant’s century innings is being praised fiercely in the corridors of cricket. Virender Sehwag tweeted and wrote – Incredible hundred points symbol from Rishabh Pant. Only two other batsmen reached double digits and single handedly kept India in the game. Pant is not just the X-factor but also one of India’s biggest match-winning players in Test cricket.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan wrote on Twitter – This is one of the best centuries in Test cricket.
Left the bat from hand, then picked it up and kissed
Pant rained heavily for fours and sixes all around the field. There was a moment during his innings where he lost the bat from his hands. In fact, during the Indian innings, Dan Olivier was doing the 60th over and on the very first ball, Pant swung the bat vigorously, but after playing the shot, the ball went to one side and the bat fell to the other side.
Although Team India did not get any run on this ball, but the release of the bat from Pant’s hand came into the limelight. Perhaps due to excessive sweating, the bat fell from Pant’s hands. Rishabh changed his gloves soon after. Later, after lifting the bat, Rishabh was also seen kissing it again and again.
Rishabh Pant kissing the bat
Had a fight with Jenson too
The enthusiasm of the players of both the teams is building in the Cape Town Test. During India’s second innings on the third day, there was a heated exchange between Marco Jensen and Rishabh Pant. Actually, the last ball of the 50th over was driven by Pant in the direction of the bowler (Jensen). On this, Jensen angrily picked up the ball and threw it towards Pant. After this, Pant hit the ball towards mid-wicket with the bat.