I was scared after reaching 90s, says Rishabh Pant after record 159* in Sydney

first_imgIndia’s newest sensation Rishabh Pant once again gave the world a glimpse of the immense talent that he possess as he scored his second hundred in Test cricket in the ongoing match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.Pant remained unbeaten on 159 as India declared its first innings after posting 622 for 7 on the board. The hosts came out to bat for 10 overs late in the final session on Day 2 and scored 24 runs before the stumps were drawn for the day. Australia trail India by 598 runs with Marcus Harris (19*) and Usman Khawaja (5*) at the crease.Pant’s score was the second highest by a wicketkeeper in Australia and the highest by an Indian stumper to slam a hundred Down Under.Talking about his knock the left-handed Delhi batsman said that he was really nervous after entering the 90s and was relieved to cross the three-figure mark eventually.”I was a little nervous because when we were playing in India against the West Indies, in the last two innings I got out on 92 both times. I was scared slightly but I got through that phase early.”I loved my celebration I didn’t think that I’ll do something like that, whatever expression came out of me I just did that,” Pant said at the press conference after the day’s play.A moment to remember for Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/J8uK3gQPJhcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019Pant’s resilience meant he joined Budhi Kunderan (192), Nayan Mongia (152) and MS Dhoni (224) as only the fourth Indian wicketkeeper to score 150 in Test cricket. Incidentally, three of those four innings (Mongia, Dhoni and Pant) have come against Australia. Budhi Kunderan’s 192 came against England.advertisementThis was his second hundred in Test cricket after the brilliant 114 he had scored in the fifth Test against England at The Oval last year.He had missed on a couple of hundreds in the first and second Test against the West Indies immediately after the knock in England as he got on 92 in both the matches.Talking about his latest century, Pant said batting with recognised batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja helped his case as he could take his time and play out more deliveries to get settled.Pant added 89 runs for the sixth-wicket with Pujara before stitching a record 204-run stand with Jadeja for the seventh wicket. He had the chance to break AB de Villiers’ record of the highest score by a wicketkeeper in Australia but fell short as Virat Kohli decided to declare after Jadeja’s wicket.Pujara top-scored for the Indians with 193 runs while Jadeja made 81 as the tourists made the Aussie bowlers toil hard for nearly two days in hot conditions in Sydney.An unconventional shot of the day from Rishabh Pant!#AUSvIND | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/HOqsjHtgKIcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 4, 2019″Every hundred which I score at the international level will be special for me because I have just started my career. I don’t think about hundreds, I just think about what the team needs from me.”I don’t think anything changed for me (technique wise) main thing was that I was playing with a proper batsman this time. Most of the times when I got the start I was playing with the tail. When I’m batting with the tail I have to think differently because most of the time I have to score runs.”When you’re batting with a proper batsman it’s different. As a wicketkeeper we just look forward to be positive because it’s not a one-ball game,” Pant added.Also Read | Pujara 193, Pant 159* leave Australia gasping in SydneyAlso Read | Tim Paine speaking: Australian captain answers phone call intended for reporterAlso Read | Tim Paine and pacers were not on the same page, says Australia’s bowling coachAlso Read | India vs Australia 4th Test Day 2 Highlightslast_img read more

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