Rishabh Pant is just six matches into his Test career but he has already matched a Mahendra Singh Dhoni feat during the ongoing first Test between India and Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
Pant became the joint recipient of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test innings as he held on to six catches behind the wicket during the Australian innings.
The only other wicketkeeper to take these many catches in a single Test innings is MS Dhoni, who achieved the feat back in 2009 at Wellington in the third Test match of India’s tour of New Zealand.
To achieve the feat, Pant caught out Usman Khawaja (28), Peter Handscomb (34), Travis Head (72), Tim Paine (5), Mitchell Starc (15) and Josh Hazlewood (0).
Pant has had a solid start to his short wicketkeeping career in the Test whites for India. Right on his Test debut, Pant had achieved the record of most number of catches by an Indian wicketkeeper on Test debut with seven scalps.
In the third Test against England at Trent Bridge, Pant had taken five catches in the first innings and then added two more by taking catches of Keaton Jennings and Chris Woakes in the second innings to take his tally up to seven.
In the fifth and final Test in England at the Oval as well, Pant had entered the record books as he became the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a century in the final innings of a Test.
The previous best for an Indian wicketkeeper in the fourth innings was an unbeaten 76 from former India captain MS Dhoni, also against England in 2007.
Back to India vs Australia at Adelaide, Indian bowlers did a brilliant job to bundle out Australia for 235 runs as India got a crucial 15-run lead, having scored 250 in the first innings.
India are looking to register their first-ever Test series victory Down Under and the Adelaide Test is set to be a crucial beginning to a gruelling Test battle.