Rishabh Pant Becomes The First Indian Keeper-Batsman To Enter Top Ten Test Batting Rankings

Rishabh Pant Becomes The First Indian Keeper-Batsman To Enter Top Ten Test Batting Rankings

RIshabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo: BCCI)

Indian keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has got the reward for showcasing his skill in Test cricket in the last few months. Rishabh Pant has been in sublime touch with the bat across formats in the previous few months; however, it is the longest format in which he has had the most impact. As a result, he became the first Indian keeper-batsman to break into the top ten Test rankings.

Rishabh Pant played an instrumental role in India’s Test series victories in Australia and at home against England. The 23-year old scored his first Test hundred on Indian soil against England in Ahmedabad. He mustered a brilliant counterattacking ton after India found itself in a bothersome position and won the match for his side from there and sealed the series along with a place in the ICC World Test Championship’s final. In the latest ICC Test rankings released by the sport’s apex body, Pant has climbed to the sixth position and is amongst the three Indian players in the list, the other two being Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who is at eight.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson [Image Credit: Twitter]
Indian captain Virat Kohli retained the fifth place in the rankings, standing behind Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, and Joe Root. Pant keeper-batsman has 1358 runs in 20 Tests at 45.27 with three centuries with a best of 159. Along with that, the Delhi-born keeper-batsman has also improved his glovework drastically, something he struggled with previously and copped plenty of criticism for the same.

Rishabh Pant, the captain, had the most wins until IPL 2021 got suspended:

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Image credit- BCCI/IPL

Meanwhile, Pant, who captained the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 in Shreyas Iyer’s absence, made an impressive start to his leadership resume. The southpaw struck two fifties in eight matches and led the Capitals to six wins and ushered his side to the top of the table. They suffered narrow losses to the Rajasthan Royals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore Unfortunately, the BCCI had to postpone the tournament on Sunday due to the rising COVID-19 cases.

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