Rishabh Pant passed iconic Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday to become India’s fastest wicket-keeper to reach the 1,000-run mark in test cricket.
Pant achieved the feat in just 27 innings, scoring an average of 40.04. Dhoni had taken 32 innings to reach the milestone.
At bat in India’s second round in the fourth and final test against Australia at Gabba on Tuesday, Pant only needed one point to reach the record and he recovered it by shooting Pat Cummins to score a brace.
Besides Pant and Dhoni, there are five other Indian stumpers – Farokh Engineer (36 innings), Wriddhiman Saha (37 innings), Nayan Mongia (39 innings), Syed Kirmani (45 innings) and Kiran More (50 innings) – who have reached the milestone of 1000 races in cricket test.
South African Quinton de Kock holds the record for being the fastest wicket batsman to reach 1,000 points in tryouts. He did it in 21 innings.
De Kock is followed by Sri Lankan Dinesh Chandimal (22 innings), Englishman Jonny Bairstow (22 innings), legendary Kumar Sangakkara (23 innings) and AB de Villiers from South Africa (23 innings).
In 2019, Pant became the fastest Indian glove to record 50 Test Cricket dismissals against the West Indies.
Pant scored a winning game of 89 steps on 138 balls on Tuesday as India won the fourth and final test against Australia to win the series 2-1, ending the 32-year-old unbeaten streak of the ‘local team at the’ Gabba Fortress’.