Rishabh Pant on Saturday made his Test debut during the third match against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Saturday. Pant replaced an injured Dinesh Karthik in the playing XI for the crucial third Test in the five-match series which India are trailing by 0-2.
The 20-year-old became India’s 291st Test player when he was handed over the blue cap by skipper Virat Kohli before the start of the match. The left-handed batsman, while making his Test debut, also became the fifth-youngest wicketkeeper to play Test cricket for India and the sixth to make his debut before turning 21.
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However, Pant achieved a rare record when he came to bat after the fall of Kohli during India’s first innings. He became the first Indian batsman to open his account in Test cricket with a six.
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Facing Adil Rashid, who was fresh with confidence after taking the prized scalp of Kohli at his individual score of 97, Pant picked up the googly from the leg-spinner and put it into the stands over long-on.
Haridwar-born Pant got a maiden Test call-up after impressing selectors with his IPL performance, where he scored 681 runs from 14 games at an average of 52.61 and a staggering strike rate of 173.60. It included a century and five fifties.