Centurion says his plan was to play his shots after assessing the pitch

India faced a first-innings deficit in the fourth Test, slumping to 146 for 6 in reply to England’s 205, but Rishabh Pant powered them to a sizeable lead with his maiden century at home, saying he wanted to play his shots “after assessing the pitch”.

Pant walked in at 80 for 4 before Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin fell within the space of nine overs to leave the home side in a precarious position, still 59 adrift of England’s total with only four wickets in hand. Pant salvaged the situation with two contrasting half-centuries: a watchful fifty off 82 balls followed by an attacking 33-ball half-century to race to his hundred. The boundaries began to flow as the second new ball approached, and continued until he reached three figures with a massive six over square leg.