Rishabh Pant’s maiden ODI century led India to a five-wicket win over world champions England at Old Trafford on Sunday to win the three-match ODI series 2-1. Hardik Pandya produced a career-best 4 for 24 and then bowled out England for 259 runs. Chasing the target of 260 runs, Pant scored the first century of his ODI career. He played an unbeaten century of 125 runs to take the team to a win by 5 wickets.
After scoring the first century of his ODI career, Pant has entered the club of former wicketkeeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Pant became the third Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score a century while chasing the target of runs in ODIs. Before that, Dhoni scored an unbeaten 183 against Sri Lanka in 2005 while chasing the target. Pant is now third in the list of Indian wicketkeeper batsmen to score a century while chasing the target of runs in ODIs. Also in this list is Rahul Dravid, who scored an unbeaten 109 against the West Indies in 2002.
Pant put on a 133-run fifth-wicket century partnership with Hardik Pandya to give India the win and the series. Pandya contributed 71 runs off 55 balls. Pant became the third Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score a century outside Asia. Rahul Dravid and KL Rahul have done this feat before him.
Former Indian captain and current coach Rahul Dravid was the first player outside Asia to score a century in ODI cricket for India as a wicket-keeper. In 1999 he scored a brilliant innings of 145 runs against Sri Lanka. After this, in 2020, KL Rahul registered his name in this list by hitting 112 runs against New Zealand. Now Pant has become the third Indian to score a century outside Asia with his 125-run innings.
Watch highlights of Pant’s 21 runs in an over of David Willey in which he hit 5 blistering 4s to confirm India’s win