Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant went past 1000 Test runs during his knock at The Gabba. In the process, he became the fastest Indian keeper to get to that milestone in just 27 innings surpassing former Indian skipper MS Dhoni who took 32 innings to get to that feat. India are still in the game with Pant at the wicket along with Cheteshwar Pujara.
The final day’s play at The Gabba has been an enthralling one so far. Shubman Gill scored a brilliant 91 after Rohit Sharma fell quickly for just seven. After Gill fell, skipper Ajinkya Rahane scored a brisk 24 off 22 balls and perished in his attempt the scoring rate.
Meanwhile, Pant’s feat is a no mean one with no many wicketkeepers playing Test cricket for long enough. Former Indian wicketkeeper is the only Indian keeper to play close to 100 Test matches. Pant started his innings with one short of 1000 Test runs and went past the likes of MS Dhoni, Farokh Engineer, Wriddhiman Saha and Nayan Mongia.
Fastest Indian WK to 1000 Test runs (by innings):
- 27 Rishabh Pant
- 32 MS Dhoni
- 36 Farokh Engineer
- 37 Wriddhiman Saha
- 39 Nayan Mongia
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Rishabh Pant Seen as MS Dhoni’s Successor
Talking about MS Dhoni, regarded as a limited-overs legend, the right-hander returned with 4,876 runs in whites, including 6 tons and 33 half-centuries at an average of 38.09. Since his retirement, Pant is being touted to be the next big thing for Team India across formats.
Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane walked out to bat after the dismissal of Shubman Gill for 91. He came out with an aggressive approach and batted with an aggressive approach as well. He scored 24 off just 22 balls including two big hits to the fence. India are aiming to make history at the Gabba by being the first team to beat Australia for the first time since 31 years.
Rahane added 35 important runs in quick time with the Indian number three. He scored 24 off them including a four and six. He lofted one through square-leg to Nathan Lyon who was trying to dominate him. Previously Shubman Gill and Pujara added a century stand (114) dominating the first session of play.