Rishabh Pant has made a special place for himself in the red-ball format. He has played nine Tests and is averaging close to 50 with two centuries to his credit. The fact that both his hundreds have come in SENA countries makes his tons extra special. The southpaw is the only Indian wicket-keeper batsman to smash centuries in England and Australia respectively. It is something that even the great MS Dhoni couldn’t.
One of the most remarkable moments of Pant’s career came on the second delivery he faced in Test cricket. He had smacked legspinner Adil Rashid into the stands during India’s first innings of the Third Test of the series to get off the mark. He became the first Indian to do something of that sort.
“I was nervous when I went out to bat. I was reminding myself to play according to the ball. I defended the first ball, but I saw what he [Adil Rashid] was trying to do. The second ball was a googly, and we Indian batsmen are good at reading spin. I read it from the hand, I felt like I could hit it, and I hit it,” Pant told ESPNcricinfo in an interview on what was going through his mind during that shot.