Flamboyant India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant’s sublime counter-attacking ton on the opening day of the rescheduled fifth Test against England earned praise from the cricket fraternity, which described the knock as “a special one under pressure”.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 1, 2022
India were staring down the barrel at 98 for 5 before Pant (146 off 111 balls) scripted a remarkable turnaround in the company of Ravindra Jadeja, who remained not out on 83 on Day 1 at Birmingham.
The duo shared a match-changing 222-run stand off 239 balls.
Pant, who rendered the England bowlers helpless, hammered 20 boundaries and four sixes, in his awe-inspiring effort.
“Simply [email protected]! Well done,” the iconic Sachin Tendulkar tweeted.
Simply awesome @RishabhPant17!
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 1, 2022
“Crucial innings by @imjadeja. Rotated the strike well and played some amazing shots.” Former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly tweeted: “Special exhibition of test match batting under pressure Rishabh Pant. Ravindra Jadeja can’t get better than this.”
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) July 1, 2022
Following are the Twitter reactions of some more former and current cricketers on Pant’s blitzkrieg:
Virender Sehwag: Pant is in a league of his own. The most entertaining cricketer in the world, this is a special one.
Pant is in a league of his own.
The most entertaining cricketer in the world, this is a special one. pic.twitter.com/PgGTjgxUd9
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 1, 2022
Venkatesh Prasad: Box office stuff from Rishabh Pant. One of the best counter-attacking innings that one will ever see. One special player.
Box office stuff from Rishabh Pant. One of the best counter-attacking innings that one will ever see. One special player. #INDvsENG
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) July 1, 2022
Suresh Raina: What a fantastic partnership. Pant and Jadeja keep up your spirits with the same intent, kudos to you both.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 1, 2022
Harbhajan Singh: Top knock 100 Rishabh Pant when team needed the most… keep it up.
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 1, 2022
Amit Mishra: When in trouble, call the Spiderman! What a fierce knock by rockstar Rishabh Pant against a quality English bowling under such circumstances. Best way to fight a fire is to fight it with the fire.
When in trouble, call the Spiderman!
What a fierce knock by rockstar Rishabh Pant against a quality english bowling unit under such circumstances. Best way to fight a fire is to fight it with the fire. #EngVsInd pic.twitter.com/q2mPeqTWyi
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) July 1, 2022
Sanjay Manjrekar: Pant is playing great Test innings for fun these days! Hats off! Kuldeep Yadav: Fire hai Rishabh Pant.
Pant is playing great Test innings for fun these days! Hats off!
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 1, 2022
Mohammed Kaif: Pant shows that self-belief can make you a game-changer
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 1, 2022
Wasim Jaffer: Super stuff Rishabh Pant. Easily the best WK batter in Tests right now.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 1, 2022
Manoj Tiwary: Pant’s inning is again a gentle reminder to all the coaches who teach cricket to young kids that if you find someone talented like him and can play shots like he does, let him do that and encourage it rather than trying to change his original game.
Rishabh pant’s inning is again a gentle reminder 2 all d coaches who teaches cricket 2 young kids is dat if u find someone talented like him nd can play shots like he does,let him do dat nd encourage it rather dan trying 2 change his original game #INDvsENG #RishabhPant #feerless
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) July 1, 2022
Ian Bishop: Phenomenal from Rishabh Pant. Simply outstanding. Fabulous partnership with Jadeja to given they were 98-5.
Phenomenal from Rishabh Pant. Simply outstanding. Fabulous partnership with Jadeja to given they were 98-5.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) July 1, 2022
Rashid Khan: Rishabh Pant simply amazing
@RishabhPant17 simply amazing 🔥🔥🔥
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) July 1, 2022
Michael Vaughan: This is great viewing… Rishabh Pant doing a Jonny B.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 1, 2022