The Newlands Test was not a different story compared to the Wanderers Test. Once again the South African pacers wrecked carnage halting the Indian batting unit for a paltry total of 198 in their final innings.
But this time around, Rishabh Pant roared with his bat, standing as the lone warrior for his team. After facing heavy criticism for his rash shot in the 2nd Test, fans and experts were excited to see how the attacking southpaw reacts in the next match. India were off to its worst possible start on day 3, losing Pujara and Rahane in the first 2 overs of the morning session.
Pant came into bat under heavy pressure was up against the fiery bowling of Rabada and Jansen. The left-handed batter played as per his instincts, facing each delivery with respect. But whenever he found a loose delivery, Pant whacked it to the boundary and brought the pressure back on Proteas. Pant and Kohli remained unbeaten till Lunch giving the team some hope of revival.
Pant, the sole warrior
After Kohli departed edging a full-length delivery from Ngidi to the slips, Pant remained the sole hope for his side. While wickets kept falling on the other end, Pant scored runs at a brisk pace keeping the opposition bowlers at bay. He refrained from hasty shots and play with vigilance.
After India were all out for 198, Pant remained not-out at 100*, a special hundred in daunting times. It was his 4th international century in Tests and first on South African soil. He scored more than 50 percent of his team’s runs – therefore, it was only because of Pant’s heroics that India had a chance to counter-attack.
Amidst batting woes, Pant needs to score consistently
Pant proved why he is referred to as the X-factor for Team India. From Gabba to Cape Town, the young gun has established a lot for himself in his small career. With batting being the weakest link of Team India, Kohli will expect his wicket-keeper batter to flourish series after series and win more accolades to his name.
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