Rishabh pants hit massive landmark with Edgbaston Blitzkrieg

Indian Rishabh Pant is the youngest batsman-wicketkeeper in the history of Test cricket to reach the 2,000 run milestone. Pant, 24, reached that milestone in the fifth and final Test against England at Edgbaston on Friday. A four in the midfield of the wicket in 51st, beaten by point guard Matty Potts, helped India’s star keeper-beater reach the landmark. India were 174/5 at Tea due to an undefeated 76 point stand between Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.

India were struggling at 98-5 when the duo joined forces. Pant (53*) and Jadeja (32*) were behind at Tea.

Resuming the innings at 53/2 after lunch, the duo of Hanuma Vihari and Virat Kohli added a further eleven runs to their partnership, before Vihari was sent off for 20 after having his leg pinned before the wicket by pacer Matty Potts .

This brought wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant to the crease. Kohli was soon back at the pavilion as well. He was caught by a fantastic 11-point delivery from Potts, the ball hitting the inside edge of his bat and hitting the stumps. Shreyas Iyer then came in the crease and looked good and hit Potts for three fours. But he was dismissed for 15 by James Anderson after being caught by wicketkeeper Sam Billings.

The versatile Ravindra Jadeja was next in line. The duo formed a solid partnership. They maintained a solid run between the wickets and occasionally went for big hits. Pant brought the innings to life by hitting spinner Jack Leach for 4,4,6 on the 37th. With that, Jadeja and Pant ended their 50-race partnership.

Pant hit his half-century with a four on the deep square leg.

Earlier, the rain played spoilsport in the fifth Test between India and England as the side led by Jasprit Bumrah finished the first session at 53/2.

Batting first, India started on a steady note with flyhalf Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara anchoring the innings. England got their first breakthrough in the 7th, when James Anderson fired Gill, who left after scoring 17 points, leaving the team tally at 27/1.

Vihari came to the crease and tried to sew a partnership with Pujara. The pair took India’s score to 46 before Anderson struck again and sent Pujara back to the pavilion.

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Kohli joined Vihari and took India’s aggregate to 53/2 before the rain.

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