The Wicketkeeper of Indian cricket team and skipper of Delhi Capitals (DC) Rishabh Pant turns 24 today. Through his excellent performances in last 2-3 years in International cricket he earned his reputation as one of the hottest young prospects in world cricket who holds an ability to attack bowlers from a very first ball. By many cricket experts, he is considered to be the X factor.
Rishabh has represented India in 25 matches so far and scored 1549 runs at an average of 39.7. He is the only Indian wicket-keeper batter who scored two Test centuries outside the subcontinent. Pant is an integral part of limited over cricket since MS Dhoni’s retirement.
Currently, Pant is in UAE with Delhi Capitals in the ongoing VIVO IPL 2021. On his special day Pant will take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Dubai International Stadium and he would like to end his special day with a memorable win.
So, on the special occasion of his birthday, we will talk about 3 incredible records held by Team India's wicket-keeper batter.
#1 Fastest Indian wicketkeeper to 1000 Test runs:
The Delhi Capitals skipper holds a record of fastest Indian wicket-keeper to score 1000 runs in Test cricket. Pant broke the record of Ms Dhoni during the Gabba Test in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Pant achieved this feat in 27 innings whereas Dhoni had taken 32 innings to score 1000 runs.
#2 First Indian batsman to open his Test career with a six
In the third Test match 2018 at Trent Bridge against England Viral Kohli handed a debut Test cap to young Rishabh Pant. When Pant came to bat Adil Rashid was bowling and he smashed a straight six on only his second ball of his innings and creates history by becoming the first Indian batter to open his Test cricket account with a six.
#3 Most dismissals by wicket-keeper in a match
Pant become the only third wicketkeeper to be credited with the most dismissals in a single match as he caught 11 times behind the stumps during India vs Australia 1st Test at Adelaide in 2018. He managed to took 6 catches in the first innings and 5 in the 2nd innings as India eventually won the match by 31 runs. With this accomplishment, Pant also achieved the record of the most catches in a match.