The second day of the fourth and final test match between India and Australia was dominated completely by the Indian cricket team who put on 622/7 on the board in their first innings. Cheteshwar Pujara was once again the standout performer for India with the bat and held the innings together for the visitors for 373 balls before being dismissed 7 runs short of a well deserved double century. Indian wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant stole the show thereafter with an unbeaten 159 run knock to guide India past the 600 run mark.
Pant went on to smash his second test ton, becoming the first ever Indian wicketkeeper to register a test century on Australian soil. The flamboyant left hander, who had scored his maiden test ton in the second innings of the fifth test against England at the Oval earlier, also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score two overseas hundreds.
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting heaped praise on the 21 year old Pant, calling him a “real talent” and an “incredibly good ball striker”. Ponting, who has also coached Pant in the IPL as the Head Coach of the Delhi Daredevils(now the Delhi Capitals) also called himself lucky enough to have trained the immensely talented 21 year old.
“He (Pant) is a real talent and an incredibly good ball striker. He has got a really good game sense as well, although sometimes the way he plays spin you wouldn’t think he has; but I have been lucky enough to coach him in Delhi, and he is a terrific T20 player and a clean striker,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
The World Cup winning great went on to add that the 21 year old would be a vital cog of the Indian cricket team in all the three formats and predicted that he would score score a lot more Test centuries than his predecessor and former Indian skipper MS Dhoni.
“And he is already onto his second hundred and a couple of 90s to go with that. He is someone who can play a lot of cricket for India in all three formats. He has got a bit of work to do with his keeping, just yet; but he will keep working on that and he will become a better keeper, and he will become a better batsman as well. We talk about Dhoni all the time and what impact he had on Indian cricket. He played a lot of Tests but has (scored) only six hundreds – this kid here (Pant) will make lot more Tests hundreds than that,” Ponting added.