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Youngster Rishabh Pant Equals Long-standing Record, Gives An Insight Into Future Of Indian Cricket

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:


  • Pant took a total of 11 catches in the match, and in doing so, equaled the record for the most number of catches in a match
  • His performance helped India beat Australia by 31 runs in the first Test in Adelaide

There was more than just one reason to cheer for India in their memorable 31-run win against Australia in the first Test in Adelaide. Not only was this their first Test win in Australia since 2008, it was also the first time that India took the series lead against Australia after the inaugural fixture.

Further, the performance of Cheteshwar Pujara, Man of the Match for scoring 194 in the match, as well as his bowlers, especially Ravichandran Ashwin, would have been a delightful sight for Virat Kohli.

But one display which would have made the whole team really proud was that of young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. The 21-year-old, playing just his sixth Test, broke a national record, previously held by MS Dhoni, and equaled a world record with his work behind the wicket.

Pant took a total of 11 catches in the match, and in doing so, went past Dhoni's 10 catches and equaled the record for the most number of catches in a match. He just becomes the third player to have accomplished this feat, following the footsteps of AB de Villiers, who did so in 2013 and Jack Russell, who did it back in 1995.

READ: Virat Kohli And Co. Draw First Blood As India Beat Australia By 31 Runs In A Thrilling Encounter

Though, the youngster had the chance to create history and make the record his own, when he had the opportunity to hold onto an edge of Nathan Lyon in the fourth innings. But unfortunately for him, the ball slipped from his hands despite a good dive to his right. For some time, it seemed that miss would out-do all the good things he did in the match, with the Aussies closing towards their target of 323. But in the end, India prevailed.

While his efforts with the gloves were admirable, he was equally eye-catching, if not less, with the bat. Pant scored a decent 25 in the first innings, which helped his team post 250 on the board. And in the second innings, he played a T20I-like innings, scoring 28 from just 16 balls to help India put the pressure on Australia.