Rishabh Pant is one of the brightest rare talents going around in the Indian cricket set up and he has achieved the feat of becoming the fastest Indian wicketkeeper to reach 1000 test runs which is a great sign for the future. He has played only 15 tests so far but he looks like a great force to reckon with and he has proved it in overseas conditions with two centuries already to his name.
Rishabh Pant Goes Past The Legendary MS Dhoni
Rishabh Pant on the final day of the Border Gavaskar series surpassed MS Dhoni to become the fastest Indian Wicketkeeper in just 27 innings at an average of 40.04. Earlier MS Dhoni held the record by taking 32 innings to reach the landmark. The other wicketkeepers from India to achieve the 1000 test runs landmark were Farokh Engineer (36 innings), Wriddhiman Saha (37 innings), Nayan Mongia (39 innings), Syed Kirmani (45 innings) and Kiran More (50 innings).
Currently, Quinton De Kock holds the record for the all-time fastest wicketkeeper to reach 1000 test runs. The South African Wicketkeeper-batsman took only 21 innings to achieve the feat. The other wicketkeepers in the list are Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Chandimal (22 innings), England’s Jonny Bairstow (22 innings), Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara (23 innings) and South Africa’s AB de Villiers (23 innings).
Rishabh Pant Still Keeping India’s chances To Win The Gabba Test
India went into Tea on day five of the Gabba Test with a score of 183/3 on the board and they require another 145 runs to win with only 37 overs to play for the day. Rishabh Pant(10*) and Cheteshwar Pujara(43*) are at the crease and if Rishabh Pant stays a bit longer, India could still push for a win. Earlier Shubman Gill played a beautiful inning of 91 runs of 146 balls and in the context of the game, it has given the right momentum to increase the scoring rate.
Ajinkya Rahane came out all guns blazing with a positive mindset but he played too many rash shots and eventually fell for 24 runs of 22 balls. Still, all the four possibilities remain in the match and to pull out a historic victory from here, Rishabh Pant needs to stay at the crease. In fact, he played a great inning in the Sydney test last week and his positive batting helped India secure to a memorable draw which in circumstances looked like a win for India.