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Praise for Pant: When in trouble, call the Spiderman!

Last updated on: July 02, 2022 13:33 IST

Rishabh Pant hits a one-handed six off spinner Jack Leach on Day 1 of the fifth Test against England at Edgbaston, in Birmingham, on Friday

IMAGE: Rishabh Pant hits a one-handed six off spinner Jack Leach on Day 1 of the fifth Test against England at Edgbaston, in Birmingham, on Friday. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

The cricket world was in awe of India's wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant following his outstanding innings on Day 1 of the fifth Test against England, at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, on Friday.

Pant blasted an extraordinary 146 runs off just 111 deliveries to rally India from a shaky position.


His sixth-wicket, 222-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (83 not out), which began after India were struggling on 98 for 5, eventually steered the team past the 300-run mark and end the day on a commanding 338 for 7.

The 24-year-old’s gutsy knock drew plaudits from past and present cricketers.

The legendary Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter and posted: "Simply awesome @RishabhPant17! Well done. Crucial innings by @imjadeja. Rotated the strike well and played some amazing shots."

Former India spinner Amit Mishra also took too the social media platform to applaud Pant, who became the youngest wicketkeeper-batter to score 2,000 Test runs while posting his fifth century, reaching the triple-figure mark off just 89 balls.

“When in trouble, call the Spiderman! What a fierce knock by rockstar Rishabh Pant against a quality English bowling unit under such circumstances. The best way to fight a fire is to fight it with the fire #EngVsInd," wrote Mishra.

West Indies bowling great Ian Raphael Bishop lavished praise on the Pant-Jadeja partnership.

"Phenomenal from Rishabh Pant. Simply outstanding. Fabulous partnership with Jadeja given they were 98-5," he tweeted.

Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad tweeted: "Box office stuff from Rishabh Pant. One of the best counter-attacking innings that one will ever see. One special player. #INDvsENG."

"Top knock 100 @RishabhPant17 when team needed the most ... keep it up #INDvsENG," Harbhajan Singh tweeted.

Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jay Shah tweeted: "A superb innings by @RishabhPant17 at a crucial time! Scoring 100 in just 89 balls is truly commendable. Great teamwork from @imjadeja as well by scoring a fifty and building the partnership. #ENGvIND."

Check out some more reactions on Twitter:

Virender Sehwag: Pant is in a league of his own. The most entertaining cricketer in the world, this is a special one.

Suresh Raina: What a fantastic partnership. Pant and Jadeja keep up your spirits with the same intent, kudos to you both.

Sanjay Manjrekar: Pant is playing great Test innings for fun these days! Hats off!

Kuldeep Yadav: Fire hai Rishabh Pant.

Mohammed Kaif: Pant shows that self-belief can make you a game-changer.

Wasim Jaffer: Super stuff Rishabh Pant. Easily the best WK batter in Tests right now.

Manoj Tiwary: Pant's inning is again a gentle reminder to all the coaches who teach cricket to young kids that if you find someone talented like him and can play shots like he does, let him do that and encourage it rather than trying to change his original game.

Rashid Khan: Rishabh Pant simply amazing.

Michael Vaughan: This is great viewing... Rishabh Pant doing a Jonny B.

Irfan Pathan: Rishabh Pant and his Punch in test cricket continues. Call him a super star for a reason!