Rishabh Pant Hits Headlines Again After Becoming First Indian wicketkeeper To Score A Century In Australia

Rishabh Pant is having a time of his life during the Australia tour as he is all over the news for his sledging comments and recent babysitting banter with Rishabh Pant.RishabhPantSCG

However, today he is in the headlines for becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to strike a century against Australia on their soil in Tests.

It took Pant 137 balls to score his career’s second Test century at the Sydney Cricket Ground which is also one of his best performances on the international ground.

After Pujara’s 193, Pant greeted fans with his century and took India to a total of massive 622 after which India declared the innings. Pant batting at 96, scored his century in style hitting a boundary off Australian spinner Marnus Labuschagne.

A look at highest scored by Indian wicketkeepers in Australia:

  1. Rishabh Pant – 100* at SCG 2018
  2. Farokh Engineer – 89 – at Adelaide 1967
  3. Kiran More – 67* at MCG 1991
  4. Parthiv Patel – 62 at SCG 2004
  5. MS Dhoni – 57* at SCG 2012

Before Pant, a record of highest score on Australian soil by an Indian stumper is held by former India wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer who scored 89 runs in Adelaide in 1967.

With this century, Pant also becomes the only Indian wicket-keeper to hit two Test centuries outside Asia, the other one being against England where he hit 117 at the Oval in September 2018.

Also, Pant has become the second youngest Indian to score a ton on Australian soil at just 21 years and 92 days.

Sachin Tendulkar, the master blaster has scored two centuries in Sydney Cricket Ground and Perth in 1992 at the age of 18 years and 256 days and 18 years 285 days, respectively.