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Rishabh Pant becomes the first player to score 25+ in nine consecutive innings in Australia

January 9, 2021

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has accomplished a special batting record in Australia. He becomes the first batsman to score 25+ runs in nine consecutive innings. Rishabh Pant has surpassed Wally Hammond, Rusi Surti and Viv Richards records. These players had scored 25+ runs in eight consecutive innings.

In the third day’s play in the third Test between the two countries at Sydney Cricket Ground, Pant crossed one more feat, as he passed the 400-run mark in the visiting country. This was his ninth innings in Australia and now the wicket-keeper batsman averages over 58 in Australia. Rishabh Pant’s only hundred in Australia came during the Sydney Test of 2019. He scored 159 runs in that innings. 

Rishabh Pant walked in to crease at 142/4 after the run out of Hanuma Vihari and immediately counterattacked. The lower-order batsman was hit on his elbow by a bumper, and after that blow, he did not look comfortable. The youngster soon departed in the 88th over for a 67-ball 36. He smashed four boundaries.

Rishabh Pant also accomplishes 400 runs on Australian soil

Overlooking the first Test at Adelaide Oval, Rishabh Pant came in as the replacement of Wriddhiman Saha for the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne. He scored a crucial 29 runs mark in the first innings. He played a small knock in India’s memorable win at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

However, the southpaw has been criticized for his careless work behind the stumps. Earlier in the ongoing Sydney Test, he left Will Puckovski catch twice. The Australian debutant registered his maiden fifty after that. 

Australian legend Ricky Ponting, Rishabh Pant’s coach at Delhi Capitals in the IPL, criticized the player for his wicketkeeping skills. He stated that no keeper in the world has dropped as many catches since his debut. Australian duo Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne directed the side to a resounding 197-run lead at the end of the third day. 

After beginning day three in a healthy position, the visitors were dismantled by Australia within the first two sessions of the day. Because of Pat Cummins’ pace attack and three unfortunate run-outs, Rahane and Co. were reduced from 195/4 to 244-all out. 

The hosts came out for their second innings with a 94-run lead but lost their opening batsman inside ten overs. Post that, Smith and Labuschagne held their positions in the middle and helped their side end the day on 103/2.

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