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India's recovery, Rishabh Pant's quickfire century

Pant added 222 runs with Ravindra Jadeja for the sixth wicket to lift India from 98 for 5

Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja's century-run stand took India to a position of strength, England vs India, 5th Test, Birmingham, 1st day, July 1, 2022

Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja's century-run stand took India to a position of strength  •  Getty Images

222 Partnership runs between Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja. It is India's joint-highest partnership for the sixth or a lower wicket in Tests from a team total of less than 100 runs. Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar added 222 runs for the sixth wicket against South Africa in 1996 from a team score of 58 for 5.
1 The 222-run partnership by Pant and Jadeja is India's joint-highest stand for the sixth or a lower wicket in an away Test. Azharuddin and Tendulkar's partnership of 222 runs against South Africa also came away from home - in Cape Town.
4 Number of pairs in Test cricket with two double century stands for the sixth and lower wickets, including Pant and Jadeja. They added 204 for the seventh wicket against Australia in the 2019 Sydney Test.
4 out of five centuries by Pant in Test cricket have come outside Asia. Only two India batters had more Test 100s outside Asia before turning 25 - seven by Sachin Tendulkar and five by Sunil Gavaskar.
89 Balls taken by Pant for his hundred. It is the second-fastest century for India in Test cricket in England. The fastest is by Azharuddin, who needed 87 balls for his hundred at the Lord's in 1990.
131.53 Pant's strike rate during his 111-ball 146. It is the second-fastest century for India in terms of strike rate in Test cricket. Azharuddin had a strike rate of 141.55 during his 77-ball 109 against South Africa in the 1996 Kolkata Test.
93 Balls needed for MS Dhoni to bring up his century against Pakistan in 2006 in Faisalabad, the fastest century by an Indian wicketkeeper in Tests, before Pant's effort in Birmingham. It was the first of the six Test hundreds for Dhoni, the only player with more Test hundreds as an India wicketkeeper than Pant (5).
87.5 Pant's average while batting at No .5 in Test cricket. Across the seven innings Pant has batted at this position, he's scored 525 runs with a century and four fifties, all at a strike rate of 98.68.
161.53 Pant's batting strike rate in Tests against Jack Leach. He has scored 147 runs off 91 balls against the left-arm spinner, all while being dismissed once. Since the start of 2002, only one batter has had 100-plus runs against a bowler in Tests, at a higher strike rate than Pant - 175.00 by Shahid Afridi against Irfan Pathan (147 off 84 balls).

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo