Rishabh Pant becomes first Indian wicket-keeper to score Test ton Down Under

India vs Australia,Cheteshwar Pujara,18th Test century

The 30-year-old's centuries in Adelaide and Melbourne went a long way to giving India a 2-1 series lead and there was relief as well as admiration in the standing ovation he received from the crowd when he finally headed back to the Member's Stand.

"All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia", Hohns said. "They've worked extremely hard for three and a half tests to get us where they got us today". "You've got to tip your cap to India. I thought they drove it into us pretty well".

Australia has endured another rough day of Test cricket against India, scratching its way to 6-236 on day three, still 386 runs in arrears of India's first-innings total.

India's Ravindra Jadeja (L) celebrates with his captain Virat Kohli after taking the wicket of Australia's Marcus Harris on day three of the fourth test match between Australia and India at the SCG in Sydney, Australia, January 5, 2019.

While aggressive rookie opener Marcus Harris blazed a career-best 79, senior players Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and skipper Tim Paine all failed to deliver when needed most. They ended at 24 without loss.

"Every hundred which is scored in global level is special for me because I have just started my career", Pant said.




Paine was in good spirits despite a taxing 167.2 overs in the field, defending his bowlers and answering a journalist's phone that rang during the media conference.

"We've definitely had opportunities to make hundreds in the series, it's been execution or a few other amusing ways that people have got out, so that's it really".

Eventually the umpires mercifully called the day's play on account of bad light and rain about 90 minutes early, but India had already ripped the heart out of Australia's middle order. He also became the 2nd Indian after Dattu Phadkar to score a century at number 7 position in Australia.

Sri Lankan batting legend Kumar Sangakkara summed up his innings in a tweet. "That highlights how little impact our batsmen have had on this series". "@cheteshwar1 showing how trusting your strengths and being unashamedly dogged in technique and concentration brings great rewards". Pant reached his second Test ton and continued his onslaught on the Aussies.

He was ably supported by allrounder Jadeja who raced to a 10th Test 50, unleashing his trademark celebration of twirling his bat like a samurai sword.

Jadeja was finally undone by a tired Lyon who could barely muster a celebration as he knocked the stumps over and Kohli called it a day.

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