On Day 3 against England in Chennai, Rishabh Pant clubbed a breath-taking 91 from just 88 balls. According to Times Now, the wicketkeeper-batsman arrived at the crease with India struggling at 73-4 and still finding themselves 505 runs away from England’s first innings total of 578. Under the duress of conceding a massive half-game advantage, Pant launched a furious onslaught of sixes, punching out as many as five maximums in the process.
Rishabh Pant, born on October 4, 1997, is just 23 years of age at the moment. Having made his international debut in 2017, the prodigious cricketer has already struck 56 sixes across all formats for India. At the same age, all-rounders Irfan Pathan and Hardik Pandya registered 44 sixes to their names.
According to the news portal, Pant is now only behind former Indian cricketers Suresh Raina and Sachin Tendulkar in terms of the number of sixes hit in international cricket at the age of 23. While Raina struck 77 sixes by the time he turned 23, ‘Master Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar cleared the fence on 58 occasions.
Pant, who scored 91 off 88 before being dismissed, has now been dismissed in the 90s on 4 occasions. In 2018, he was dismissed in the 90s on two occasions while he was dismissed on 97 in the Sydney Test match against Australia. Today, it was the 4th occasion when the young batsman missed another deserved century. This compelled Twiterrati to compare the 23-year-old cricketer again with the Bharat Ratna awardee cricketer, who was also known for being dismissed in the 90s. In total, Tendulkar was dismissed in 90s on 28 occasions.
India reached 39-1 off 13 overs at Stumps on Day 4. Shubman Gill (15*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (12*) will resume India’s batting on Tuesday, February 9. The hosts, chasing a tally of 420 for an unlikely win, require another 381 runs to go 1-0 up in the four-match series. They began their run-chase on a rather unsteady note late on Day 4 as they lost their opening batsman, Rohit Sharma, to some sharp turn from Jack Leach.