Rishabh Pant Creates History In Australia, Equals MS Dhoni’s Record
Rishabh Pant did not have the best of starts with the bat in Australia. The youngster walked out to bat when India were in deep trouble. The visitors were reeling at 86 for 5. With Cheteshwar Pujara holding firm from one end, all Pant was needed to do was to play patiently.
However, the youngster, known for his aggressive approach, went for the shots and did not last long. He scored 25 with the help of two fours and a six before departing. But the left-handed batsman soon made up for the poor show with the bat by a good show with the wicketkeeping gloves.
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The Delhi star created history by becoming the first Indian wicket-keeper to take six catches in a Test innings in Australia. Pant achieved the feat during the first innings of the ongoing first Test against Australia in Australia as he slowly justifies his selection as the replacement for MS Dhoni.
The other wicket-keepers who have taken six catches in an innings against Australia are Denis Lindsay (South Africa), Jack Russell (England), Alec Stewart (England), Chris Read (England) and Matt Prior (England). West Indies’ Ridley Jacobs leads the list for taking seven catches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2000.
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Incidentally, MS Dhoni is the only other Indian wicket-keeper to take six catches in a Test innings. The former India skipper had achieved the feat during the Wellington Test against New Zealand in 2009.
The all-time record belongs to Pakistan’s Wasim Bari, England’s Bob Taylor, New Zealand’s Ian Smith and West Indies’ Ridley Jacobs. All the aforementioned players took 7 catches each.
On Saturday, Pant caught Mitchell Starc, Travis Head and Josh Hazlewood. Prior to that, he had taken the catches of Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Tim Paine.
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Meanwhile, India bowled out Australia for 235 to take a slender 15-run lead. Starting the day on 191 for 7, Australia could add only 13 runs before Jasprit Bumrah removed Mitchell Starc. A 31-run stand between Travis Head and Nathan Lyon threatened to wipe off the deficit. However, Mohammed Shami dismissed Lyon and Josh Hazlewood on successive deliveries to give India a handy lead.
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