The four match test series between India and Australia has been a record breaking one for Rishabh Pant, who registered his second test hundred at the SCG on Friday. The 21 year old stayed scored a magnificent unbeaten 159 to help India post a massive total of 622/7 in their first innings. The southpaw smashed several records en route to one of the best ever test knocks played by an Indian wicketkeeper batsman outside the subcontinent.
Pant became the first ever Indian and Asian wicketkeeper batsman to score a test century on Australian soil. The flamboyant left hander also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score two overseas hundreds, his first coming in the second innings of the fifth test against England at the Oval. Pant also surpassed MS Dhoni’s 148 against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 2006 to register the highest ever score by an Indian wicketkeeper batsman in overseas tests. The record was held by MS Dhoni for over a decade (13 years) before Pant broke it at Sydney on Friday.
Pant has had a series to remember so far, with more than 20 dismissals to go with his 300+ runs in the ongoing four match test series. The 21 year old created history in the first innings of the first test at Adelaide by becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to take six catches in a Test innings in Australia and followed it up with 5 catches in the second innings. With 11 catches, he equalled the world record of Jack Russell and AB de Villiers for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in Tests and also went past Wriddhiman Saha’s record of 10 catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a test match.
Pant is currently the second highest run getter in the four match test series with 347 runs under his belt and has scored more runs than Virat Kohli (291) and Ajinkya Rahane (217). The youngster, who is playing only is 10th test match and has looked really comfortable against a fiery pace bowling attack comprising Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins which certainly speaks volumes of his potential. The 21 year old certainly has a big future ahead of him if he can deliver such match winning performances on a more consistent basis.