Rishabh Pant scored his fifth Test century in the rescheduled fifth and final match of the series against England at Edgbaston. Pant hit his century on the 89th delivery of his innings, extending his excellent success in the game’s longest format. Pant has scored 50 or more runs in each of his last four Tests; in the current Test at Edgbaston, Pant helped to stabilize the Indian innings following a flurry of wickets in the first two sessions.

Pant hit 15 fours and one six during an exciting inning at Edgbaston, reaching three figures in the 58th over. It was Pant’s third Test century against England; his first against the team came in just his third Test match at The Oval in 2018. Pant broke the three-figure mark against England in Ahmedabad last year, hitting 101 off 118 deliveries.

Also see: James Anderson’s shocking response after Rishabh Pant slams England pacer for an audacious boundary. With this knock, Pant beat MS Dhoni’s 17-year-old record for the quickest century by an Indian wicketkeeper-batter. Dhoni accomplished the milestone in 2005 during a Test against Pakistan when he hit the century mark in 93 deliveries.

Pant also became the first wicketkeeper-batter in English history to reach two centuries. This is his fourth Test century outside of Asia; the other Indian wicketkeeper-batters have three each. England won the toss and chose to bowl against India in Edgbaston. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, who tested positive for COVID-19, pacer Jasprit Bumrah is heading the Indian squad. Along with Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur round up the visitors’ four-man speed attack in Birmingham.

Shubman Gill (17) and substitute opener Cheteshwar Pujara (13) both fell cheaply in India’s first innings. When play was halted in Birmingham due to rain, India was 53/2. When play resumed, the team lost two early wickets, Hanuma Vihari (20) and Virat Kohli (11) in rapid succession. Shreyas Iyer (15) was also out without scoring as experienced spinner James Anderson claimed his third wicket of the day.