EDGBASTON: After scoring a superlative cent against England in the rescheduled fifth Test match here on Friday, India’s goalkeeper-beater Rishabh Pants said his effort on every outing was to give 100%.
Answering questions at the press conference after his incredible 146 from 111 balls to put India out of a hole with Ravindra Jadeja (83 not out), Pant said: “In test cricket it is important to focus on defense It is important to respect a good ball and hit the bad ball.
“In England it’s important to disrupt a bowler’s length.”

Answering questions at the press conference after his incredible 146 from 111 balls to put India out of a hole with Ravindra Jadeja (83 not out), Pant said: “In test cricket it is important to focus on defense It is important to respect a good ball and hit the bad ball.
When Jadeja joined him at the crease, India were in crisis at 98/5 after being batted by England skipper Ben Stokes, and the pair scored a record 222 runs for the sixth wicket against England .
At the end of the day’s play, Pant confirmed that he was still going to strike at number five and, contrary to popular impression, was not promoted from number six.

He added that coach Rahul Dravid told him to ‘play for the ball’.
India ended the opening day at 338/7, with Mohammad Shami (0*) accompanying Jadeja, who is approaching her century.
Appearing for England at the press conference, Paul Collingwood said: “We’re not impressed with what the opposition are getting in the first innings.”
He did, however, praise Pant for his innings.



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