1st Test, Adelaide: Rishabh Pant equals world record with 11th catch, first Indian to do so
Rishabh Pant is the first Indian wicketkeeper to hold 11 catches in a Test. @AFP

The rookie wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has in his sixth match drawn level with the world record for most catches in a Test, drawing level with Jack Russell and AB de Villiers with 11 and becoming the first Indian to hold as many.

On day five of the first Test at Adelaide Oval, Pant drew level with Wriddhiman Saha‘s India record of 10 catches when he held a catch off Australia captain Tim Paine. When he held onto an outer edge from Mitchell Starc in the 1o1st over of Australia’s second innings during the afternoon session, Pant entered elite company.

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The only two wicketkeepers with 11 catches in a Test before this were England’s Russell (at Johannesburg in 1995) and de Villiers (at Johannesburg in 2013).

Saha became the first Indian wicketkeeper – and second alongside Bob Taylor and Adam Gilchrist – to claim ten catches in a Test during a match at Cape Town earlier this year.

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Earlier in his Test, Pant completed six catches in Australia s first innings to draw level with MS Dhoni s India record achieved in 2009.

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In his debut series this summer in England, the 21-year-old played the last three Test and held 15 catches. Seven of those came in his first Test while becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to take five catches in an innings on debut.