Wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant played an outstanding inning of 97 on Day 5 of the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Ground. Team India was given a massive target of 407 runs to win the third Test.
Pant did not keep wickets after getting injured while batting in the first innings. Despite the visitors being in trouble, Pant decided to take on the Australian bowling attack. The southpaw was particularly severe on Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon. He smashed him for consecutive sixes to bring up his half-century.
The 23-year-old was fortunate as Tim Paine twice dropped him off Lyon’s bowling. However, it was the off-spinner who eventually had the last laugh as he dismissed Rishabh Pant. The wicket-keeper batsman was just three runs short of a memorable century. Pant scored 97 runs in only 118 balls. His knock featured 12 fours and three sixes. Although he missed out on a century, he did manage to break a few records.
1. Pant became the fastest visiting wicket-keeper to score 500 Test runs in Australia
During his 97-run knock, Pant became the fastest visiting wicket-keeper to score 500 runs in Australia tests. In 10 innings, Pant has scored 512 runs at an average of 56.88. He has scored a hundred and a fifty as well. The 23-year-old went past former West Indian wicket-keeper Jeffrey Dujon who took 15 innings to reach the 500-run mark in Australia. Alan Knott is the only visiting wicket-keeper-batsman who has also recorded more than 500 runs in Australia.
2. Pant became the first Asian wicket-keeper to score 500 Test runs in Australia
Pant has become the first wicket-keeper from Asia to have smashed more than 500 runs in Test matches in Australia. India’s Syed Kirmani held the record. The former India wicket-keeper scored 471 runs in 11 Tests which included two fifties. MS Dhoni is also on the list with 311 runs in nine Tests.
3. Rishabh Pant is the youngest wicket-keeper to score 50+ runs in 4 innings of a Test in Australia
Pant is now the youngest to score 50+ runs in the 4 innings of a Test in Australia. Rishabh Pant surpassed former Australian wicketkeeper, Ian Healy. The Australian was 24 when he made 52 runs against the West Indies in December 1988. The other two wicket-keeper-batsmen recorded hundreds in 4 innings of a Test in Australia are Adam Gilchrist and Alan Knott.