Ever since MS Dhoni has retired from Test Cricket India had been constantly looking for someone who, if not match his standards, can bat well down the order. After making a number of changes in a few years, India have, perhaps, decided to stick with Rishabh Pant and consider him as Dhoni’s successor as of now.
Rishabh Pant made a promising start to his Test career, having made 346 runs in five test matches for India. The 21-year old wicketkeeper-batsman struck a heart-warming century in the final test against England, and almost winning the game for India.
Apart from his batting, Pant has had improved a lot on his wicket-keeping skills which are quite apparent in the ongoing test series against Australia. The Delhi Capitals batsman has recently equaled one of MS Dhoni’s records of holding most number of catches by an Indian keeper in an inning. It was previously held by Dhoni who took as many as six catches in an inning in Wellington.
Pant achieved the feat after grabbing Hazlewood’s catch off Shami in Australia’s first innings today. Cricket statistician Mohandas Menon took to Twitter to announce the new record.
India is currently in Australia, playing the much-anticipated Test series against the Aussies. Virat and Co. right now are sitting in comfortable position, leading Australia by 166 runs in the second innings of the first Test.