Pant, aged 20 years and 342 days, reached the milestone - with a six - in 118 deliveries with the help of 14 fours and three sixes
Pant, aged 20 years and 342 days, reached the milestone – with a six – in 118 deliveries with the help of 14 fours and three sixes

Indian wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant became the second youngest wicketkeeper to score a Test century when he notched up his maiden Test ton on day five of the fifth Test against England at the Kia Oval, London on Tuesday.

Pant, aged 20 years and 342 days, reached the milestone – with a six – in 118 deliveries with the help of 14 fours and three sixes

The record for the youngest wicketkeeper to score a Test ton is held by India’s Ajay Ratra, who, at the age of 20 years and 148 days, hit 115 against West Indies in Antigua in 2002. Third on the list for the youngest Indian wicketkeeper to witha Test century is Vijay Manjrekar when he reached the triple-figure mark against West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica in 1953 aged 21 years and 183 days.

Overall, Pant is the eighth youngest Indian to have a Test century to his name. At the top of the list is of course Sachin Tendulkar with 119* against England at Manchester in 1990 aged 17 years and 107 days.

The youngest ever Test centurion is Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful who made 114 against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2001 aged 17 years and 61 days. Second on the list is Mushtaq Mohammad who scored 101 against India in Delhi in 1961 aged 17 years and 78 days.

He is also only the seventh wicketkeeper batsmant to score a century in the fourth innings of a Test match.

Pant’s knock is also the most runs in the 4th innings of a Test among Indian keepers eclipsing MS Dhoni’s 76* against England at Lord’s in 2007. He also became only the fourth Indian bring up his maiden Test ton with a six after Kapil Dev, Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh.

Pant combined with KL Rahul for a big stand for the sixth wicket reigniting hopes of an Indian win. India are chasing 464 to win and at the time of Pant’s century are 166 runs away from the target with five wickets in hand.