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South Africa vs India: Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s Indian record for fastest wicketkeeper to 100 dismissals

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India tour of South Africa: Rishabh Pant completed 100 dismissals as wicketkeeper when he caught South Africa batter Temba Bavuma on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion.

Rishabh Pant (right) becomes the fastest Indian wicketkeeper to 100 dismissals (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rishabh Pant completed his 100th dismissal as wicketkeeper in Centurion
  • He broke the record held by his idol MS Dhoni on Tuesday
  • Dhoni leads the Indian tally with 294 dismissals

Rishabh Pant has set a new Indian record for the fastest wicketkeeper to 100 dismissals. He broke the joint-record held by MS Dhoni and Wriddhiman Saha by affecting his 100th dismissal in his 26th Test which came at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on December 28.

Rishabh Pant picked up his 100th dismissal as wicketkeeper when he caught Temba Bavuma off Mohammed Shami’s bowling on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test in Centurion.

Pant needed 3 dismissals in the Boxing Day Test to eclipse his idol, Dhoni. He got there on Day 3 as India pacers dominated the South African bowling attack after the visitors posted 327 on the board. Pant took the catches of Bavuma, Dean Elgar and Wiaan Mulder at the SuperSport Park to achieve the milestone.

Fastest to 100 dismissals for India wicketkeepers

Rishabh Pant – 26 Tests

MS Dhoni/ Wriddhiman Saha – 36 Tests

Kiran More – 39 Tests

Nayan Mongia – 41 Tests

Syed Kirmani – 42 Tests

Dhoni leads the Indian tally with 294 dismissals ahead of Syed Kirmani (198), Kiran More (130), Nayan Mongia (107) and Wriddhiman Saha (104).

Pant has risen through the ranks, after making his Test debut in 2018. He had a dream start to his Test career, hitting a hundred each in Australia and England in his first year in international cricket. However, he suffered a slump in form and his wicketkeeping skills at home came into question.

Pant won back his place in the Test side during India’s tour of Australia last year and has been a regular ever since. While he has shone with the bat, starring in the memorable Test series win Down Under, his wicketkeeping has improved leaps and bounds.

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