Rishabh Pant, a ferrocious batter and star wicketkeeper has created new history in his name. Rishabh Pant in the Tour Of SA, has equalled dismissal record of Captain Cool MSD.
Risabh Pant has broken the record jointly held by Wriddhiman Saha and Mahendra Singh Dhoni by reaching 100 dismissals in just 26 tests. The Bowler was Shami when he uprooted Teva Bavuma’s wicket behind the stumps on 3rd day of Boxing Day Test Match at Centurion, South Africa.
Pant needed 3 dismissals in the Boxing Day Test to eclipse his idol, Dhoni. He got there on Day 3 as India pacers dominated the South African bowling attack after the visitors posted 327 on the board. Pant took the catches of Bavuma, Dean Elgar and Wiaan Mulder at the SuperSport Park to achieve the milestone.
In Table three names were —
Wriddhiman Saha and Mahendra Singh Dhoni who did it in 36 tests while Kiran More achieved the feat in 39 tests.
But now new scion of Indian Wicketkeeping brigade, Risabh Pant achieved the feat in just 26 tests making to the top of the list.
Dhoni leads the Indian tally with 294 dismissals ahead of Syed Kirmani (198), Kiran More (130), Nayan Mongia (107) and Wriddhiman Saha (104).
Pant has risen through the ranks, after making his Test debut in 2018. He had a dream start to his Test career, hitting a hundred each in Australia and England in his first year in international cricket. However, he suffered a slump in form and his wicketkeeping skills at home came into question.
Pant won back his place in the Test side during India’s tour of Australia last year and has been a regular ever since. While he has shone with the bat, starring in the memorable Test series win Down Under, his wicketkeeping has improved leaps and bounds.
Let’s wait for him to delve deeper in the game so that his complete character comes out helping visitors to clinch the test series.
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