Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant scripted history on Day 2 of India-Australia 4th Test . He became the first gloveman from Asia to hit a Test century on Australian soil. In the 150th over, batting on 96, Pant hit Australian spinner Marcus Labuschagne for a boundary to mark his name in history books of long format of Cricket. The Delhi-batsman got the three-figure mark off 137 balls. Worth mention here this was Pant’s second Test ton after he scored a brilliant 100 on India’s tour to England in 2018.
It is noted that the previous highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper was by Farokh Engineer - who made 89 runs against Australia in 1967. It may be noted that Kiran More (67* in 19991), Parthiv Patel (62 in 2004) and MS Dhoni (57* in 2012) are spotted third, fourth and fifth respectively in the list.
Recently, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hosted Indian and the Australian cricket team at his official residence on New Year's Day and when introduced to Pant, Morrison asked him, "Aah yes! You sledge, right?" At the same occasion, Pant was also involved in a dazzling gesture as he was seen posing with Australian captain Tim Paine's wife and kids. The picture went viral on social media as during the third Test, to smash Pant's attention while he was batting, Paine asked him - "You babysit? I'll take the wife to the movies one night, you'll look after the kids?"