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Rishabh Pant: Ten interesting facts about the fastest centurion in India's first-class cricket


Delhi's Rishabh Pant created history on Tuesday when he slammed the fastest century by an Indian in first class cricket during a Ranji Trophy match against Jharkhand at Thumba.

The 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who had made his first class debut against Bengal in October last year, brought up his century in 48 balls. He was finally dismissed for 135, having faced only 67 balls. His knock included eight boundaries and 13 sixes.

During his innings, Pant eclipsed a 28-year old record set by former Tamil Nadu opener VB Chandrasekhar, who reached the three-figure mark in 56 balls against Rest of India during the Irani Cup match of the 1988-89 series.

File photo of Rishabh Pant. PTI

File photo of Rishabh Pant. PTI

He had hit an 82-ball hundred in the first innings and scored 117 off 106 deliveries.

Here are 10 things you need to know about Pant's career:

1. Pant became the third youngest Indian, after Wasim Jaffer and Abhinav Mukund, and the fourth youngest overall to score a triple century in first class cricket when he slammed 308 off 326 balls against Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy last month.

2. During that knock, he also became the second wicket-keeper to score a triple century in the Ranji Trophy, and seventh in first-class cricket.

3. Pant's 308 is the second highest individual score for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy, after the late Raman Lamba's 312 against Himachal Pradesh in December 1994.

4. Pant had a fantastic U-19 World Cup last year, during which he clobbered Nepal bowlers for the fastest U-19 fifty. He brought up his fifty in 18 balls, and with the fastest U-19 international century in sight, he was dismissed for 78 off 24 balls. His efforts in the U-19 World Cup also included an innings of 111 off 96 balls against Namibia which powered India to the semi-final. He hit three consecutive fifties in the tournament and was one of the reasons for India's progress to the final of the showpiece event.

5. Pant was born in Uttarakhand, but moved to Delhi with his parents at the age of 12 to train under Tarak Sinha, who is known to have mentored Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan. Pant moved to Rajasthan on Sinha's advice and went on to represent the district, Under-14s and Under-16s sides in the state. Pant was, however, ousted from Rajasthan for being an "outsider".

After this, he moved to Delhi again for his last two years of school, and made his first-class debut for Delhi less than three weeks after his 18th birthday, scoring a brisk 57 in the second innings.

6. Pant was inspired by the legendary Adam Gilchrist and it was perhaps natural that he became a wicketkeeper-batsman like Gilchrist, with a liking for big hitting.

7. Pant has had a staggering Ranji season so far having scored 799 runs from seven innings at an average of 133.16 and a strike-rate of 113.17. This is his fourth hundred of the season.

8. Pant has already hit an unbelievable 44 sixes from five matches in the Ranji Trophy this season.

9. He smashed 21 sixes in the match in which he scored the fastest first-class century which is the second-most number of sixes in a first-class match.

10. He was bought by Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.9 crore and scored 198 runs for them in 10 matches at an average of 24.75 and a strike rate of 130.26. He had also won a Man of the Match award for the Delhi team.

First Published On : Nov 8, 2016 19:04 IST

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