Rishabh Pant first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test century in Australia
Rishabh Pant made history at the SCG. © AFP

In his fourth Test in Australia, Rishabh Pant has gone where no Indian wicketkeeper has before – scoring a hundred on Australia soil.

Pant, 21, reached three figures on day two of the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground to surpass Farokh Engineer‘s 89 as the best score by an Indian wicketkeeper in Australia.

Pant had not managed a big score in six innings on tour, but today marched to his century as India marched towards a huge total. The milestone came when he swung his 137th delivery wide of midwicket for four. Pant’s second Test hundred took his run tally past Virat Kohli’s 282. (LIVE UPDATES: INDIA vs AUSTRALIA, 4th TEST)

Indian wicketkeepers in Australia Tests: 

Name M I Runs HS Avg 50 100 Dis
S Kirmani 11 17 471 55 29.43 2 0 27
MS Dhoni 8 18 311 57* 19.43 1 0 35
R Pant 4* 7* 294* 103* 49   0    1   20
F Engineer 4 8 215 89 26.87 1 0 11
P Patel 4 6 160 62 32 1 0 11
K More 3 6 143 67* 28.60 1 0 11
W Saha 3 6 111 35 18.50 0 0  6
MSK Prasad 3 6 52 14 8.66 0 0 10
C Pandit 2 3 31 15 10.33 0  0   11
PK Sen 3 6 29 13 5.80  0 0 6
J Irani 2 3 3 2* 3.00 0 0 3

Statistically, the most successful Indian wicketkeeper in Australia is Syed Kirmani who in 17 innings scored 471 runs at 29.43 with two fifties. Then comes MS Dhoni, who managed 311 in 18 innings at an average of 19.43 with a solitary half-century. As for dismissals, Dhoni held the most in Australia: 35 (31 catches, four stumpings) followed by Kirmani with 27 (18 catches, nine stumpings). (ALSO READ: At 21, Rishabh Pant’s cult status on the rise)

Pant has held 20 in this series. During India’s victory over Australia in the first Test in Adelaide last month, he completed six catches in the home team’s first innings to draw level with Dhoni’s India record achieved in 2009, and then became the first Indian wicketkeeper – and third overall – to hold 11 catches in a Test.

As 2018 closed out with an India win at the MCG, Pant equalled the record for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in his debut year with 42.