To say that getting just a hundred is no big deal is one thing. To back it up by scoring 308 off just 326 balls is something else.
Delhi’s Rishabh Pant, who played U-19 World Cup this year, managed to walk the talk with a brilliant knock that included 42 fours and nine sixes in his just fourth first-class match. With age, attitude and keeping gloves by his side, who can say he is not India material.
Despite Pant’s outstanding effort, Delhi found Maharashtra’s tally of 635 too big a mountain to climb in the Ranji Trophy match at Wankhede on Sunday. They were all out for 590 in 155 overs, falling short by 45 runs as Varun Sood remained not out on 32 (153b, 1×4, 1×6).
Left-arm spinner Satyajit Bachchav turned out to be an unlikely hero for Maharashtra, getting Pant stumped and castling Navdeep Saini. The partnership between Pant and Sood for the seventh wicket had threatened to take the game away. But Pant left the crease to hit Bachchav out of the park and was stumped.
In their 182-run stand which lasted 43.5 overs, Sood contributed just 25, extras 6 and Pant 145! Sood’s first boundary came after 110 balls but he celebrated Pant’s triple hundred by hoicking Bachchav over long-on for a six.
The pitch was placid, Maharashtra attack more optimistic than skilful and Pant in the mood. The batting entertainment was guaranteed.
Pant (overnight 155*) took 24 balls to hit his first four of the Sunday. But once the Rourkee boy got settled, he was simply unstoppable. Pant played his shots in all parts of the ground. Late cut, square cut, delectable extra cover-drives, thumping drives and lofted shots in the ‘V’, on-drives and slog sweeps made their presence. His ability to push himself in difficult times, methods to concentrate and a gift to beat the field was top class.
Maharashtra got much-needed three first-innings points from the match. But it didn’t matter in the larger context.
Maharashtra coach Srikanth Kalyani said, “It was a batting wicket. I won’t comment if this was a good pitch for the Ranji Trophy. When our captain Kedar Jadhav spoke his mind about the Karnail Singh wicket, he was reprimanded.”RANJI TROPHY ROUND 2, DAY 4
Group A: At Palam, Delhi: Baroda 305 & 383/5 decl in 94 overs (K Devdhar 145, D Hooda 100*). Mumbai 323 & 244/5 in 77 ovs (Jay Bista 49, Shreyas Iyer 46, A Tare 63*). Match Drawn (Mumbai 3 pts, Baroda 1 pt) At Jaipur: Bengal 466 & 274/6 decl in 76 ovs (A Easwaran 110,* S Mondal 51, S Goswami 100; Kuldeep Yadav 4/107). Uttar Pradesh 410 & 70/0 in 20 ovs. Match drawn (Bengal 3 pts, UP 1) At Lahli, Rohtak: Punjab 378 & 175/9 decl in 51.3. MP 247 &180 in 54.4 ovs (Manpreet Gony 4/41, S Kaul 3/42). Punjab won by 126 runs. (Punjab 6 pts, MP 0) At Luhnu, Bilaspur (Himachal): Tamil Nadu 121 & 452/8 decl. Railways 173 & 226 in 82.2 overs (S Wakaskar 120, S Shukla 52; Rangarajan 4/37). TN won by 174 runs (TN 6 pts, Rlys 0) Points tally: Mumbai 9 (2 matches); Punjab 7 (2); MP 7 (2), TN 6 (2), Bengal 3 (1); Rlys 3 (2), Gujarat 3 (1); Baroda 2 (2), UP 1 (2)
Group B: At Vizag: Rajasthan bt Assam by an innings and 8 runs. (Rajasthan 7 pts, Assam 0) At Greater Noida: Karnataka 577/6 decl. &162/3 in 53.4 ovs (Karun Nair 54*, K Abbas 51*; Quadri 3/62). Jharkhand 374 in 115.1 ovs (Anand Singh 45, Saurabh Tiwary 91, Ishan Kishan 159; Gowtham 3/97, Gopal 3/114). Match Drawn (Karnataka 3 pts, Jharkhand 1) At Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: Maharashtra 635/2 decl. &58/0 in 15 ovs. Delhi 590 in 155 ovs (D Shorey 71, N Rana 44, Rishabh Pant 308, Milind Kumar 45*; M Sayyed 3/121, C Khurana 3/143). Match drawn (Maharashtra 3 pts, Delhi 1) At Uppal, Hyderabad: Odisha 228 & 169. Saurashtra 186 & 179 in 101 overs (S Jogiyani 68, S Jackson 43, A Vasavada 43; S Pradhan 5/69). Odisha won by 32 runs (Odisha 6 pts, Saurashtra 0) Points tally: Rajasthan 8 (2 matches); Delhi 8 (2), Odisha 7 (2); Jharkhand 7 (2); Vidharbha 3 (1); Saurashtra 3 (2); Karnataka 3 (1); Maharashtra 3 (2); Assam 0 (2)
Group C: At Kalyani, Bengal: Chhattisgarh 394. Andhra Pradesh 199 & 282/8 in 145 ovs (K Bharath 57, H Vihari 51, Ravji Teja 49, KA Hebbar 45; Ajay Mandal 3/30). Match drawn (Chhattisgarh 3 pts, Andhra 1) At Surat: Jammu & Kashmir bt Goa by 116 runs (J&K 6 pts; Goa 0) At Jamshedpur: Hyderabad 191 & 224 in 83.5 ovs (K Sumanth 55, CV Milind 66; Mohit Sharma 5/26, S Pahal 3/49). Haryana 331 & 85/2 16.4 ovs (N Saini 45). Haryana won by 8 wkts (Haryana 6 pts, Hyd 0) At Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Himachal bt Kerala by 6 wkts (Himachal 6 pts, Kerala 0) At Barsapara, Guwahati: Tripura 275 & 340/6 in 79 ovs (Udiyan Bose 165, Smit Patel 127*). Services 233 & 163 in 54.1 (Rahul Singh 51; Murasingh 3/54, Gurinder 4/25). Tripura won by 219 runs. (Tripura 6, Services 0) Points tally: Chhattisgarh 9 (2 matches); Haryana 9 (2); Himachal 7 (2), J&K 7 (2); Hyderabad 6 (2), Tripura 6 (2); Kerala 3 (2); Andhra 2 (2); Services 1 (2); Goa 0 (2)