Pant is often compared with the two-time World Cup-winning former captain and wicketkeeper-batsman, who retired last year after a glorious international career.
Mohammed Siraj is the find of the series and he was the most impressive of all. He had suffered a lot before shining the brightest.
In the 21st century, there have only been 20 instances of a visiting batsman playing more than 350 balls in a Test in Australia. The only man to have done so thrice is Cheteshwar Pujara. The games in question? Adelaide 2018, Sydney 2019, Sydney 2021 – a series-opening win, a series-clinching draw, and now this. That is impact.
India started day five on 98-2 but despite losing Ajinkya Rahane in the second over, they batted out the day to finish on 334 for five - helped by Paine's three dropped catches behind the stumps.
India vs Australia: Brave visitors display warrior-like grit in face of adversity to pull off draw in Sydney
Amid all the adversities, India have stood strong and the grit and resilience they displayed on the final day of the Sydney Test was a testament to their mental strength and how far they have come from that Adelaide capitulation.
India vs Australia: The inevitability of Steve Smith and Ravindra Jadeja headline a day of twists and turns
Resurgent Steve Smith's brilliant ton, Ravindra Jadeja's heroics and other talking points from Day 2 of the 3rd India vs Australia Test in Sydney.
India vs Australia Highlights, 3rd Test at SCG, Day 2, Full Cricket Score: Pujara, Rahane guide visitors to 96/2 at stumps
A very long day comes to an end. India bowled well to curtail Aussies to 338. Great hundred by Steve Smith before Jadeja ran him out. He also took four wickets, two with yorkers (yes you read it right). He was a livewire in the field and produced dividends with the ball. Rohit and Gill gave India a solid base. Both back to the hut now. Gill did score his maiden fifty. Rahane and Pujara in the middle got better with time spent on the pitch. Rahane will face the first ball tomorrow. We will see you again at 3.30 am IST tomorrow. Remember the Day 3 begins at 4.30, so do Day 4 and 5 to make up for overs lost due to rain on Day 1. See you tomorrow, take care and good bye.
India vs Australia: BCCI formally writes to Cricket Australia on relaxation of Brisbane hard quarantine
The Brisbane Test is due to start on 15 January and the quarantine rules will restrict the players to just their hotel rooms after the day's play.
Breaking his run of poor scores, Smith played some attacking shots and marched to an unbeaten 31 by the close of play on the opening day of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
India vs Australia: Wearing masks mandatory for fans attending third Test in Sydney, says NSW health minister
The announcement comes after a fan attending Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at the MCG in December tested positive for COVID-19.
Warner is still not hundred percent fit but Paine's eulogies bore testimony to the team's desperation to get their opener back in the wake of their batting unit's flop show in three of the four innings so far.
India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma set to replace Mayank Agarwal; Shardul Thakur or Navdeep Saini the big question
While Agarwal's axing was only a matter of time after seven failures in last eight Test innings, the choice for the third pacer's slot has got a bit tricky with divergent opinions emerging on who could fit the role best in absence of an injured Umesh Yadav.
India vs Australia: If Rohit Sharma sees through new ball, a big hundred is on the cards, says VVS Laxman
Laxman feels struggling opener Mayank Agarwal, who has scores of 17, 9, 0, 5 in the first two matches, will make way for Rohit in the Sydney Test, starting Thursday.
India vs Australia: Crowd capacity limited to 25 percent for Sydney Test, announce Cricket Australia
Approximately 9500 people would be allowed to watch the game with the series currently locked at 1-1 following India's remarkable comeback in Melbourne. The SCG has a seating capacity of about 38,000.
Rohit completed his 14 days of hard quarantine in a Sydney apartment only a few days back and has joined the squad in Melbourne on Wednesday. He received a warm welcome from one and all.
Ravi Shastri said the medical team will look at how the player is physically after completing his quarantine before a call is taken on his inclusion in the playing XI for the third Test against Australia in Sydney.
Usually the teams land in Sydney on the eve of the New Year but due to steady coronavirus cases in the city, the players and officials will stay in Melbourne for a longer period this year.
India vs Australia: Skipper Tim Paine calls for Sydney sacrifice, invites broadcast staff to join them in bubble
"We've got so many guys from Sydney and NSW, so they love playing in front of their home crowds and having their families around, so hopefully that can get off the ground," Paine said.
India vs Australia: Steve Smith bats for Sydney hosting New Year’s Test despite fresh COVID-19 outbreak
Australia's largest city has been virtually sealed off from the largely virus-free rest of the country after a cluster of coronavirus cases were uncovered
CA’s coronavirus working group was due to meet Sunday to discuss the Sydney outbreak and its impact on the Test series.