Rishabh Pant breaks a 72-year-old record in the fifth Test against England at Edgbaston
The fifth and final test match between India and England is under way. The morning session of Day 4 is underway right now and India has lost its seven wickets and is playing at 229/7 at lunch break. India has a total lead of 361 runs over England, but they would like to add another 40-50 runs after lunch.
India started the day at 125/3 and added 104 runs in the first session, losing four wickets. Pujara could only add 16 runs to the overnight score and got out for 66. But it was once again Rishabh Pant who looked good and scored yet another half-century. But he was unfortunate that he got out in order to up the anty.
He scored 57 runs off 86 balls. However, with this knock, Pant has broken the 72-year-old record against the English team. The 24-year-old has now become the visiting wicket-keeper with the highest runs in a Test match in England.
Previous to that, the record was held by the West Indian wicket-keeper Clyde Walcott, who made it in 1950. He scored 182 runs in England 72 years ago. Pant broke his record and made 203 runs overall in this test match.
He played a brilliant knock of 146 in the first innings and in the second he made 57 runs. With this performance, the 24-year-old has registered his name in the record book. Notably, he also broke a few other records in this match.
Earlier in the first innings, he (24y 268d) became the fastest wicket-keeper to complete 2000 Test runs. He scored his first innings century off just 89 balls, which is the fastest century by an Indian wicket-keeper in red-ball cricket. The previous best was by MS Dhoni, who scored a 93-ball century against Pakistan in 2006.
Despite this effort from the left-hander, the Indian team appears to be in trouble, having lost four wickets in the first session.On the other hand, England will fancy their chances if they can take the last three Indian wickets cheaply after the break to chase.
Notably, England chased three back-to-back 275+ scores against New Zealand in the last series. But India would like to take this lead past 400.