Good knock brother: Saha wishes Pant on his maiden century

first_imgWriddhiman Saha took to Twitter on Tuesday to congratulate young Rishabh Pant on his maiden hundred.The 20-year-old Pant scored 114 on the final day of the fifth Test against England at The Oval. He’s the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England.Congratulating Pant, Saha wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations @RishabPant777 for your maiden test 100! Good knock brother!”Congratulations @RishabPant777 for your maiden test 100! Good knock brother!Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) September 11, 2018Congratulations @klrahul11 and @RishabPant777 for your innings! Saha (@Wriddhipops) September 11, 2018It was a sweet gesture from a Saha, who would be competing with Pant in the coming days for the single spot of a wicket-keeper in the Indian Test side. After all, Pant’s entry in to Test cricket has been prompted by Saha’s injury.England vs India, The Oval Test, Day 5: Live UpdatesSaha took over India’s wicket-keeping responsibilities in Test cricket in 2014 after former captain MS Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game. The West Bengal cricketer has been India’s first-choice wicket-keeper ever since, with others failing to challenge him for his spot.Saha was expected to play the role same role during India’s tour of England but it couldn’t be as injuries forced him to miss the series.Saha has been out of action since the latter stages of the IPL after he suffered a finger injury. The 33-year-old had also suffered a shoulder strain during India’s tour of South Af[email protected] brings up his maiden Test ton wit a majestic SIXLive – #ENGvIND (@BCCI) September 11, 2018The injury forced the selectors to pick Dinesh Karthik for the England series with Pant as his backup. Karthik, a 26-Test veteran, started the first two matches but his abysmal batting form and with India 0-2 down in the series, captain Virat Kohli decided to hand Pant his debut.Pant made his debut at Trent Bridge and impressed immediately in both the departments. On his debut innings, Pant slammed leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a six on only his second ball to become the first Indian batsman to open his Test cricket account with a six. He scored 24 not out in the first innings as India won the match by 203 runs.KL Rahul slams fifth hundred on final day of India-England Test seriesHe also finished the match with seven catches – the most number of catches by an Indian wicket-keeper on Test debut.With the series in its last day at The Oval, Pant once again served another reminder as to why is he rated so highly. He scored a dogged hundred and stitched a 204 runs partnership with KL Rahul to delay England’s surge.With his maiden hundred, Pant also broke numerous records. Pant smashed a six when he was on 95 to bring up the century and in the process became the fourth Indian to reach to his maiden hundred with a six after Kapil Dev, Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh.Pant now also holds the record for the highest score for an Indian wicket-keeper in the 4th innings. Pant left former captain MS Dhoni behind to achieve the feat.Dhoni held the record for the 76 not out he scored against England at Lord’s in 2007. Dhoni’s innings back then had helped India to secure a critical draw as they went on to win the series 1-0 under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy.last_img read more