Rishabh Pant, the unlikely hero

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaWritten By: Srishti Singh SisodiaUpdated: Aug 19, 2018, 10:05 PM IST

File photo of India's wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Photograph:(AFP)

All eyes are on Rishabh Pant as the young and bright star made his Test debut in the third Test of ongoing five-match series against England at the Trent Bridge.

The 20-year-old Pant looked confident at number seven and proved his mettle by opening his account with a brilliant sixer in the first innings. By doing so, Pant became the first Indian cricketer to open his account with a sixer.

The wicket-keeper batsman also impressed with gloves by holding onto five catches behind the stumps as England lost all 10 wickets in a session. 

The attitude and intent Rishabh displayed on the pitch beyond doubt proved that the little champ has a promising future ahead.

Rishabh was handed his maiden Test cap by skipper Virat Kohli and he became the 291st player to represent team India in Test cricket. He replaced injured Dinesh Karthik, who struggled in previous two outings and managed just 0, 20, 1, 0 from four innings he batted.

Pant was included in the 18-member line-up in the first three Tests against England as the first-choice wicket-keeper.

Pant was outstanding in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he scored  1248 runs in 38 matches with a strike rate of 162.71.

Pant made his T20 International debut against England in 2017. He has played two T20 matches so far.

He has also played 23 first-class matches and scored 1744 runs including four centuries and eight fifties. 

The third test between India and England is currently underway. England are leading 2-0 in the ongoing five-match Test series and a victory in Trent Bridge will see them retaining the Pataudi Trophy.