Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant scripted history on Day 3 of the ongoing third Test against South Africa at the Newlands in Cape Town. Pant stood like a rock against a top-quality bowling attack and smashed an incredible century.

With the ton, Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper to hit a hundred in the rainbow nation. Before him, the record for the highest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper in South Africa belonged to former Indian captain MS Dhoni, who had scored 90 in Centurion in 2010/11.

Further, It was Pant’s fourth Test century and third in overseas. The left-handed batter had earlier smashed centuries in England and Australia as well.

Pant played exceptionally well, taking 133 balls to get to the milestone despite wickets continuing to tumble at the other end. He remained unbeaten on 100 as India were bowled out for 198 in their second innings, giving Proteas a target of 212 runs.

“Even I’m standing to applaud one of the best ever knocks,” said Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar in the comm box after Pant reached the triple-figure mark.

Test 100s by Indian wicketkeepers outside Asia:

  • 118 – Vijay Manjrekar v West Indies, Kingston 1952/53
  • 115* – Ajay Ratra v West Indies, St John’s 2002
  • 104 – Wriddhiman Saha v West Indies, Gros Islet 2016
  • 114 – Rishabh Pant v England, The Oval 2018
  • 159* – Rishabh Pant v Australia, Sydney 2018/19
  • 100* – Rishabh Pant v South Africa, Cape Town 2021/22

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