Rishabh Pant surpasses MS Dhoni to fastest 50 dismissals in Test cricket

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Sam Curran of England hits out for six run watched by India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant during day four of the Specsavers 5th Test match between England and India at The Kia Oval on September 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant claimed his 50th wicket-keeping dismissal in the longest format of the game on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test between India and West Indies to become the fastest Indian to achieve this distinction.

Rishabh Pant got to the milestone when he caught behind Kraigg Brathwaite off Ishant Sharma. The young Indian keeper took 11 Tests to the feat and overtook veteran MS Dhoni in the process, who had taken 15 Tests to get his 50th wicket-keeping dismissal.

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Pant is now also the second-fastest keeper, alongside Adam Gilchrist, to have 50 dismissals. The fastest to the landmark is 10 Tests, by Mark Boucher, Jos Buttler and Tim Paine.

The young Indian wicket-keeper is the frontrunner in the race to become India’s permanent No. 4 and is also earmarked as MS Dhoni’s successor in all three formats of the game.

India captain Virat Kohli had also thrown his support behind Pant, saying the team is seeing the Delhi batsman as the ‘future’.

“We are looking at Rishabh as the future, definitely. He has got a lot of skill and talent,” Kohli had said.

“It is about giving him a bit more space and ease himself into international cricket and not put too much pressure. International cricket you need to tackle pressure differently. He has come a long way since he’s started.”

On Day 3 of the ongoing Test against West Indies, India ended the hosts’ first innings at 117 after Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics on the previous day. With a 299-run lead, the tourists decided to bat again and set the host side 468 to level the series.