Indian National Cricket Team wicket keeper Rishabh Pant added another accolade to his name during Day 4 of the third Test match in Melbourne. He surpassed MS Dhoni, Wriddhman Saha, Naren Tamhane and Syed Kirmani to become the wicket-keeper with the most number of dismissals in a Test series. Now, he has 19 wickets to his name after taking the catch of Australia skipper Tim Paine.
Meanwhile, Pant achieved the feat when he completed the dismissal of Tim Paine off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja in the second innings. With the dismissals, he overtook the previous record of 19 held by Tamhane in the 1954-55 season with 19 dismissals against Pakistan. Kirmani followed Tamhane in the second spot with 19 dismissals from six matches in 1979-80 season against Pakistan.
On the other hand, former Indian Test skipper MS Dhoni holds the fourth and fifth spot. In 2006 he had 17 dismissals against Windies that he had achieved from four games. Moreover, with another 17 dismissals from five matches against England in 2014, he holds the fifth spot. For Rishabh Pant, all the 19 dismissals were catches with 11 coming in the first Test.
Furthermore, Rishabh Pant previously surpassed Wriddhiman Saha to become the India wicket-keeper to take the most number of catches in a Test match. Pant broke the record with his 11th catch dismissing Mitchell Starc behind the wickets on Day 5 of the first Test match against Australia in Adelaide. Previously, Pant also became the first Indian wicket-keeper to take six catches in a Test innings against Australia.