Boxing Day Test: Rishabh Pant breaks Indian wicket-keeping record in Australia

first_imgRishabh Pant is grabbing headlines for constantly chirping at Australian batsmen from behind the wickets in the ongoing four-Test series in Australia. The young Indian wicketkeeper, along with his Australian counterpart, has become the broadcaster’s favourite as has been involved in several banters.Despite all the talking, Pant has managed to do his duty from behind the wickets to good effect. While he was criticised in England for his ordinary work from behind the stumps, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman has been on a record-breaking spree Down Under.During the fourth day of the third Test between India and Australia, Pant emulated wicket-keeping great Syed Kirmani and Naren Tamhane’s record of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series.Pant took his 19th catch of the series when he successfully grabbed an under edge to dismiss Australia captain Tim Paine in the third session at the MCG on Saturday. Notably, Kirmani had taken 19 catches in a Test series against Pakistan in 1979-80 while Tamhane had achieved the feat against Pakistan way back in 1954-55.While Pant has achieved the feat in just three Test matches in the ongoing series, Kirmani needed six and Tamhane, seven.But Pant is not one to just level the record but set one and he did just that on the final day of the Test match.Pant broke the record as he grabbed his 20th catch, that of Nathan Lyon, to set a new benchmark for wicket-keepers in Test cricket. It was the final wicket of the match and fittingly, Pant set a new record as India crushed Australia by 137 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.advertisementNotably, he had equalled a world record of AB de Villiers and Jack Russell for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in a Test, taking 11 catches during India’s 31-run win in Adelaide against the Australians.MS Dhoni stands fourth on the list with 17 catches, which he had achieved twice – against West Indies in a four-Test series in 2006 and England in a five-Test series in 2014.Apart from his improved showing from behind the stumps, Pant has also chipped in with some crucial runs for India in the ongoing series against Australia. The young wicketkeeper-batsman, despite throwing away his wicket more often than not, is fifth on the batting charts with 191 runs from six matches at 31.83.Pant stitched a crucial 39-run stand with opener Mayank Agarwal on Thursday, helping India extend their lead over Australia. The aggressive left-hander made a 43-ball 33 as India declared on 106 for 8.last_img

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