Rishabh Pant on Tuesday became the fastest Indian wicketkeeper to score 1000 runs in Test cricket, surpassing former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Rishabh Pant notches up 1000 Test runs, breaks MS Dhoni’s record in Brisbane. (AP Photo)
- Rishabh Pant becomes fastest Indian wicketkeeper to score 1000 Test runs
- Rishabh Pant surpassed MS Dhoni to achieve the milestone at the Gabba
- Rishabh Pant is also only the seventh Indian wicketkeeper to record 1000 Test runs
Rishabh Pant added another feather to his cap on Tuesday as he broke former India captain MS Dhoni’s record and became the fastest Indian wicketkeeper to score 1000 Test runs during the ongoing final Test vs Australia at the Gabba.
Rishabh Pant achieved the milestone in 27 innings surpassing MS Dhoni who had taken 32 Test innings to score 1000 runs. Notably, Pant had also become the fastest Indian wicket-keeper to claim 50 dismissals in Test cricket back in 2019 vs West Indies.
Fastest Indian WK to 1000 Test runs (by innings):
27- Rishabh Pant
32 -MS Dhoni
36 -Farokh Engineer
37 -Wriddhiman Saha
39 -Nayan Mongia
1000 Test runs for Rishabh Pant
— ICC (@ICC) January 19, 2021
Rishabh Pant reached the landmark when he pulled a short ball from Pat Cummins to the deep backward square leg for a couple. Rishabh Pant is also only the seventh Indian wicketkeeper to record 1000 Test runs and his current average of 40.04 is the highest in that group.
Shubman Gill fell short of a brilliant century and Cheteshwar Pujara was battered and bruised on 43 not out, with hard-hitting wicketkeeper Pant on 10 at the Gabba on Day 5. India still need 145 runs to win the fourth Test against Australia with seven wickets in hand at tea on day five.
With the series level at 1-1, holders India need only a draw in Brisbane to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, two years after their breakthrough 2-1 win in the 2018/19 series Down Under. Australia must win the match to prise the trophy from India’s grasp.