Young Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant has been looked upon as a successor to MS Dhoni. The 23-year-old has been in fantastic form in all three formats and has been the talk of the town. He has had a roller-coaster ride in the last year or so. Rishabh Pant, who started playing for India in all formats in 2018, has seen all lows and highs of his career in a very short span and his journey has been nothing short of being a surreal experience.
Let us have a look at 10 lesser-known facts about Rishabh Pant’s career
100 – Rishabh Pant is the only Indian player to score 100 runs in an IPL innings through boundaries and sixes alone. Rishabh Pant’s 128*(63) vs SRH consisted of 15 boundaries and 7 sixes, which is 102 runs from fours and sixes alone
1 – Rishabh Pant is the first and only Asian wicket-keeper to smash a Test century on both Australia and England soil. Among Indian players, none of the wicket-keeper has smashed even 1 Test century in SENA countries.
2292 – Rishabh Pant has been the highest run-scorer (2292) for the Delhi Capitals franchise in IPL. Despite playing fewer innings compared to Shreyas Iyer and Virender Sehwag, Pant surpassed their tally of runs for Delhi in IPL.
Most runs for Delhi Capitals in IPL
Rishabh Pant – 2292 (76 inns)
Shreyas Iyer – 2200 (79 inns)
Virender Sehwag – 2174 (79 inns)
97 – In 2017, DC recorded their highest successful run-chase of 209 against GL. Rishabh Pant’s knock of 97 (43) ensured Delhi Capitals chase down 209 convincingly. His 143-run partnership with Sanju Samson for 2nd wicket is the third-highest for the Delhi Capitals.
32 – Rishabh Pant smashed a 32 ball century in T20s in SMAT 2017/18 for the Delhi team against Himachal Pradesh, which is the fastest century for an Indian player in T20 format.
Fastest century in T20s (by balls)
Chris Gayle – 30 balls for RCB vs PWI, 2013
Rishabh Pant – 32 balls for Delhi vs HP, 2018
Wihan Lubbe – 33 balls for North West vs Limpopo, 2018
3 – In the year 2018, Rishabh Pant won an Emerging Player award by ICC. He was the third Indian player after Irfan Pathan (2004) & Cheteshwar Pujara (2013) to win this award.
11 – Rishabh Pant took 11 catches as wicket-keeper in a Test match against Australia in 2018, which is joint-most for a wicket-keeper in a single Test match along with Jack Russell (England) and AB de Villiers (SA).
50 – During 2019, in the 2-match Test series against West Indies Rishabh Pant, became the fastest Indian to record 50 dismissals as wicket-keeper in Test Cricket, surpassing MS Dhoni’s record.
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274 – Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in the historic Test series that India won in Australia in 2021 and was the leading run-scorer for the Indian team in the 4-match Test series. His score of 97 in SCG and 89* in Gabba helped India clinch the Test series 2-1.
12 – In IPL 2021, Rishabh Pant became the 12th player to captain the Delhi Capitals side and 5th youngest captain to lead an IPL side.