4th Test: This is the bold India, says Gavaskar as Pant gets to his century with a six

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar on Friday lauded India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant for the way he got to his 3rd Test hundred and said that this is what bold India is.

Pant on Friday was batting on 94 when he went down on one knee to England skipper Joe Root’s spin and hit it over square leg for a six. With it he got to his 3rd Test century and most importantly got India to a good lead against England on Friday.

“It has come at such a crucial time for India. You asked me a question what you think he is going to do and I said that he will get to his hundred with a six, and that’s exactly what he has done. This is the bold India, this is India that believes in itself.

“This is the India that we all love, we all love. Look at that, look at the way he has given joy to those at the ground, to the millions watching this on television. Oh, this is amazing. This is so wonderful,” said Sunil Gavaskar while doing commentary on Star Sports.

Rishabh Pant on Friday scored his third Test hundred in the ongoing match against England to bail his team out of trouble in at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

India was struggling on 80/4 when Pant came in to bat, still far behind England’s first innings score of 205. He eventually departed on 101, pulling England fast bowler James Anderson to Joe Root at short midwicket. India was at 259/6 when he departed, 54 runs ahead of the visitors.

Pant brought up his first hundred of 2021. Interestingly, Pant had scored his maiden century against England at The Oval on his first overseas Test tour in 2018.

The 23-year-old also went past Rohit Sharma on the list of most runs in Test cricket in 2021 to grab the second spot behind Joe Root. The English skipper has 764 runs from 6 Tests so far while Pant is next with 515 runs from 6 Tests at 64.37 with 1 hundred and 4 fifties.

Root and Pant are the only two batsmen to have scored over 500 runs in this calendar year in red-ball cricket.

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