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Proud sister Sakshi lauds Rishabh Pant for giving the best birthday gift to their mother

Pant slammed an unbeaten 159 in Sydney on Friday.

Rishabh Pant of India
Rishabh Pant of India. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

When India’s young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant hit the second delivery he faced in Test cricket for a six at Trent Bridge in England last year, his mother Saroj was in for surprise. On Friday, the 21-year-old was back with another special innings, this time in Sydney in Australia, and his family was proud this time. What made the moment even more special is that Pant’s unbeaten knock of 159 came on his mother’s birthday.

Pant’s incredible 204-run partnership with Jadeja for the 7th wicket

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Pant, after all the sledging and counter sledging, stole the limelight on Day 2 when he came out to bat and belted his second ton in Tests and remained not out till the end when Indian captain Virat Kohli declared the innings at 622 for 7. He scored only off 189 balls and hit 15 fours and a six during the knock.

The youngster added 89 runs in 19 overs with the other centurion Cheteshwar Pujara (193) for the sixth wicket and then 204 runs in just 37.2 overs with Ravindra Jadeja (81) for the seventh wicket, which again is India’s first 200-run stand for a seventh or lower wicket stand against Australia in Tests.

Proud sister

Rishabh Pant’s sister Sakshi was quick to take to Twitter to express her pride over her brother’s brilliant knock. In her tweet, she pointed out that her brother was the first wicket-keeper to score a Test hundred in England (114 at the Oval) and also the first to hit one in Australia. Pant though ended in the losing side in England while down under, he looks certain to end up in a history-making Indian side. The Delhi batsman is also the second-highest run-getter for India in the ongoing series at the moment, amassing 350 runs only behind Pujara (521).

Pant fell just 10 runs short of becoming the foreign wicket-keeper to hit the highest individual score in Australia. AB de Villiers who hit 169 in Perth in 2012 currently holds the record. It was also the third highest Test score by an Indian gloveman and the highest outside India.

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