Rishabh Pant sets new record for an Indian wicketkeeper on Test debut

first_imgRishabh Pant’s impressive Test debut only got better when he added another feather to his cap on Tuesday.Pant, who became India’s 291st Test player, now has the most number of catches by an Indian wicketkeeper on Test debut with seven scalps.Pant had taken five catches in the first innings of the third Test at Trent Bridge. He then added two more by taking catches of Keaton Jennings and Chris Woakes to take his tally up to seven.He grabbed the catch of Jennings on the fifth ball of the day as Ishant Sharma removed the England opener with a peach of a delivery to reach the landmark. Ishant bowled a back of a length delivery on off and got it to move away just a tad. Jennings played inside the line from his crease and ended up getting an outside edge. Pant only had to complete the formalities and he obliged.He later on Day 4 caught Chris Woakes off Jasprit Bumrah to create an Indian record.He became the sixth player to take seven catches on Test debut as a wicket-keeper. Before him, Australia’s Peter Nevill, Brian Taber, England’s Chris Read and Alan Knott and Sri Lanka’s Chamara Dunusinghe all have seven catches on debut — the most by a keeper in their first Tests.TRENT BRIDGE TEST, DAY 4: HIGHLIGHTSIn the first innings, he took the catches of Alastair Cook, Jennings, Ollie Pope, Woakes and Adil Rashid to become the first Asian wicket-keeper to take five catches in an innings on Test debut.advertisementWith the bat as well, Pant had some stats to slay. Pant, who replaced Dinesh Karthik impressed everyone with his intent and aggressive batting, when he came onto bat during India’s first innings. Pant slapped a six on the second ball of his innings when he hammered Adil Rashid over his head for a maximum to open his scoring in Tests.He became the 12th batsman overall to do so after Eric Freeman, Carlisle Best, Keith Dabengwa, Dale Richards, Shafiul Islam, Jahurul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mark Craig, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Sunil Ambris.He however, couldn’t get a big score and was out for a 51-ball 24. He was India’s first wicket to fall on Day 2 of the third Test.Earlier, Pant came into the side after Karthik picked up an injury. However, with Karthik’s form also being bad, his inclusion didn’t come as a surprise.Karthik had managed scores of 0, 20, 1, 0 from four innings and also failed to impress behind the stumps. Karthik also injured his finger during the second Test at Lord’s and has failed to recover from it yet. Thus, paving the way for the swashbuckling Pant to make his debut in the longest format of the game.Pant has only played 23 first-class matches and his international experience is limited to four T20Is. However, he can take comfort in his impressive outing in England with the India ‘A’ team in July this year.In two first-class matches, Pant scored 189 runs at an average of 67 and score two fifties in two innings in the match against England A. The other match was played against West Indies A.Prior to his success in England, Pant smashed 684 runs from 14 matches for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018, hitting one century and eight fifties in the process.Karthik’s work behind the stumps has also not been good and therefore, a brilliant performance from the 20-year-old will only boost his confidence.last_img

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