Rishabh Pant hit 65 of only 42 balls as India beat West India by 7 wickets in the third T20I. Pant sewed the 106-mantle podium with Captain Virat Kohli, while India fired 147th overall with relative ease.
Rishabh Pant sewed a 106-run stand with Virat Kohli. (AP Photo)
- Rishab Pant's 65-year-old Richard is now the highest scorer by Indian katch ruler in T20Is
- MS Dhoni previously held the record when he hit 56 against England in 2017
- Virat Kohli leveled Rohit Sharma's record for top 50 in T20I
Indian batsman Rishab Pant broke the Indian record for the highest score in T20Is when he hit the 65-match team in the third T20I against the West Indies in Guyana on Tuesday.
Rishab Pant passed MS Dhoni, who held the record when he hit 56 against England in Bengaluru in 2017. Dhoni 52 against South Africa at Centurion, now third highest on the Indian wicktkeeper-batsman list in T20I cricket.
Pant, who will play in all three formats in the West Indies in the absence of MS Dhoni, sewed a 106-run stand with Virat Kohli. The duo helped India complete the successful pursuit of 147 against West Indies at Providence Stadium.
India ended their second consecutive 3-0 win over West India in T20I cricket as they sealed a comfortable 7-wicket win over the hosts in the final T20I. India won the first 2 T20Is of the Florida series on Saturday and Sunday.
Pant was under the pump after dropping his wickets at the T20I in Florida. In the opening game of the series he was fired for 0 while being caught deep for 4 in 2nd T20I.
Questions were raised by Pant's approach in the shortest format of the game. The Batsman captain had thrown out his viburnum and was facing a lot of concessions in India's semifinal defeat at the 2019 World Cup.
However, on Tuesday, Rishab Pant showed much maturity as he took the time to settle in his feeds and a stable India after the visitors lost the wickets of their opener Shihar Dhawan and KL Rahul in quick succession in the pursuit of 147.
Led by Virat Kohli, who kept talking to him in the middle, Rishab Pant mixed caution with aggression. Pant hit 4 sixes and 4 boundaries, finishing with 65 runs in just 42 balls. The young ketchup-batsman helped India seal the runways of the Big Six.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli leveled Rohit Sharma's record for the highest score of fifty or more in T20I cricket on Tuesday. Carly won the game in Game 59 as the captain led the team from the front in Guyana.
India will then play 3 ODIs against West Indies on August 8, after which they will begin their World Cup Tests in the Caribbean.