Indian wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant created another record for himself in the ongoing Indian – Australia test series
Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant engraved another record for himself on Day of the 2nd test between Australia and India. Pant exceeded Dhoni, Syed Kirnamin and Wriddhiman Saha to register the most dismissals in an India versus Australia tests.
Pant recorded his 15th catch in the series with the completion of Shaun Marsh’s dismissal in Australia’s second innings off Mohammad Shami. Pant overtook Kirmani’s record of 14, (in India, 1979/80 – 11 ct; 3 st), Dhoni )in India, 2012/13 – 9 ct; 5 st), Dhoni (in Australia, 2014/15 – 13 ct; 1 st) and Wriddhiman Saha (in India 2016/17 – 13 ct; 1 st). For Pant, 11 dismissals, all catches, came in the first Test, while three in the first innings of the second Test.
Pant equalized his record in the same week, in which he equaled England’s Jack Russell and former South African cricketer AB de Villiers record of 11 catches. Overhauling Saha’s record, Pant became the first wicketkeeper to achieve the milestone against Australia, on their home ground in Test cricket.
However, in a conversation with Times Now, former Indian keeper Deep Dasgupta said, “Only if bowlers create opportunities will keepers have those catches. And if you look at those catches, couple of good ones, especially against Ashwin, off Usman Khawaja – that was a really good catch because the ball turned and bounced. Against the fast bowlers, most of them were regulation catches. Yes credit to the bowlers and also to him. At the end of the day, the record stands by his name.”
Pant, who is playing his sixth Test, was selected in the Indian team following the injury to Wriddhiman Saha and retirement of MS Dhoni in 2014. Pant has shown some really great performances earlier and has managed to show numbers in every match possible. With players like Pant, India is leading its way to create more and more records