Rishabh Pant, the wicket-keeper makes history Down Under
Rishabh Pant etched his name in history when he became the first Indian wicket-keeper to take six catches in Test innings against Australia.
Playing Test cricket in Australia for the very first time, the 21-year old completed the dismissals of Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and home skipper Tim Paine while on the third day, he took the catches of Mitchell Starc, Travis Head and Josh Hazlewood.
The other stumpers in history who have taken six catches against Australia in a single Test innings are Denis Lindsay (South Africa) and Alec Stewart, Chris Read, Jack Russell and Matt Prior, all of whom are from England.
Ridley Jacobs of the West Indies had taken seven catches against Australia in a single Test innings in 2000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Interestingly, the only other occasion when an Indian wicket-keeper had taken six catches was Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had achieved the feat against New Zealand in Wellington in the year 2009.
India made short work of the Australian innings on the third day to skittle them out for 235, thus walking away with a slender lead of 15 runs. Travis Head was the best Australian batsman with 72 runs.
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