Rishabh Pant on Friday became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test century in Australia. He reached the landmark in 138 balls. Pant has consistently been among the runs in this series, although he has grabbed the headlines mostly for his verbal duals with wicketkeeping counterpart and Australian captain Tim Paine.
This was only the first instance of him scoring a half-century but he is now the second highest run scorer in the series, overtaking his skipper Virat Kohli who had 282. He continued where Vihari had left off after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon on Friday. With a rock-solid Cheteshwar Pujara on the other end, he played an innings that was not as frantic as he is famous for.
The duo batted through the first session and most of the second session before Pujara fell just seven runs short of his fourth Test double-century. Australia’s agony did not end with that. Like Pant, Ravindra Jadeja came in and played with the intent of staying in the crease for as long as possible. The pair ended up scoring putting up a century stand for themselves.