A batsman would usually get off the mark in Test cricket with a quick single, but in Rishabh Pant’s case, it was slightly different. On the wicketkeeper-batsman’s second delivery on Test debut against England, Pant came dancing down the track and struck the ball over the straight boundary off Adil Rashid’s bowling.
Under pressure after losing the first two Tests, India made three changes to their playing eleven by bringing in Shikhar Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant. Murali Vijay, Kuldeep Yadav and Dinesh Karthik were left out.
India ended Day 1 of the third Test at 307/6. Hardik Pandya fell to James Anderson off the last ball of the day for 18 runs. Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 22 runs.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to Rishabh Pant’s first six in Test cricket.
Ha ha ha.— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) August 18, 2018
Has any cricketer ever gotten off the mark in their test career with a 6?
Don't care what happens next.
Rishabh Pant is gold.#ENGvIND
Batsmen whose first scoring shot in Tests is a six -— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) August 18, 2018
Dhananjaya De Silva
Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Rishabh Pant #ENGvIND @RishabPant777
Rishabh Pant is the first Indian player to open his account in Test cricket with a SIX! #ENGvIND— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) August 18, 2018
Rishabh Pant..— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 18, 2018
in 23 fc matches - 75 sixes
1st Test (2nd ball) - 1 six!#EngvInd
The IPL effect? Rishabh Pant nonchalantly down the track to his 2nd ball in Test cricket and lofts Adil Rashid for 6.— Tim (@timwig) August 18, 2018
Rishabh Pant - first Indian batsman to open his account with a six in Test cricket.#ENGvIND— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 18, 2018
Rishabh Pant's first scoring shot in Test cricket... was a six. That's how you begin. By doing something that will be brought up the day you retire— Sidvee (@sidvee) August 18, 2018
(With inputs from IANS)
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