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Rishabh Pant played a knock of 146 in first innings of Edgbaston Test© AFP

Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant was at his best in the first innings of the ongoing Edgbaston Test against England as he went on to play a knock of 146 to help India stage a fightback. The visitors were 98/5 and it was then that Pant and Ravindra Jadeja put on 222 runs for the sixth wicket. Pant’s knock was studded with 20 fours and 4 sixes. Former India opening batter Virender Sehwag had praised Pant on Twitter, saying wicketkeeper was “in a league of his own”.

“Pant is in a league of his own. The most entertaining cricketer in the world, this is a special one,” tweeted Sehwag.

Pant, on Saturday, reacted to Sehwag’s praise, saying: “@virendersehwag bhaiya .. love this. you are one of the greatest and one of the best.”

Talking about his knock after the close of play on Day 1, Pant said: “”I like the opposition (England) but I do not think about it much. I just look to give my 100 per cent in every match. My focus is on the cricket I play. From childhood, my coach Tarak sir told me that you can hit the ball, but work on your defence as well.”

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“I keep working on my defence, in Test cricket, defence is important. Every ball you cannot hit, so i keep focusing and if i think I need to defend, I defend and if I think I can hit the ball,” he added.

At stumps on Day 1, India’s score read 338/7 with Ravindra Jadeja (83*) and Mohammed Shami (0*) unbeaten at the crease.

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