We have often seen stunning fielding during the games. And, one was recently seen during Day 4 (Saturday, December 17) of the ongoing Chattogram Test. It was a stunning reflex catch from wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant that helped Team India take the first breakthrough against Bangladesh off Umesh Yadav who finally broke the 124-run partnership between Najmul Hossain Shanto and Zakir Hossain as well.
The incident happened in the 47th over of the second innings of Bangladesh when Shanto edged the ball straight to Virat Kohli at the first slip. But he failed to grab it but luckily the ball deflected towards Rishabh Pant, who claimed an excellent relay catch as well.
The BCCI, however, shared multiple pictures on Twitter of the amazing catch with the caption: “Umesh Yadav with the breakthrough! A relay catch between Virat and Pant breaks the partnership. Najmul Hossain Shanto departs.”
Umesh Yadav with the breakthrough! 🔥
A relay catch between Virat and Pant breaks the partnership.
Najmul Hossain Shanto departs.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2022
Shanto departed for 67 off 156 deliveries, with seven boundaries. Chasing 513, he shared a century partnership with Zakir Hossain as well.
However, earlier in the first innings, Rishabh Pant – who scored 46 off 45 deliveries – became the second-fastest batter to reach 50 sixes by an Indian batter in the longer format. He reached the feat in the 54th innings and is only behind Rohit Sharma (51 innings) on the list. Notably, Shahid Afridi tops the chart, having achieved the feat in 46 innings as well. However, Pant also reached 4,000 runs in Test cricket as well.
Meanwhile, after Day 3, Kuldeep Yadav, the ace spinner who tasted a fair share of success with both the bat and the ball, said after the game, “I believe it was a perfect pitch to bat on. I batted 20 overs and it was really good to bat on. Against spinners also. It is just keeping low sometimes; the odd ball is turning a bit. I think the wicket has remained the same. On day four probably there will be more turn. We are hoping for more turn.”