Alongside skipper Virat Kohli and now a Test regular, Ishant Sharma, Pant and Dhawan make it four players from India’s capital in a single Test.
Alongside skipper Virat Kohli and now a Test regular, Ishant Sharma, Pant and Dhawan make it four players from India’s capital in a single Test.

With India handing debut to Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant in the third Test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Saturday and Shikhar Dhawan being recalled, the representation of Delhi players in the third Test went up to four.

Alongside skipper Virat Kohli and now a Test regular, Ishant Sharma, Pant and Dhawan make it four players from India’s capital in a single Test.

The last time such an instance happened was in 2012 against England at Nagpur when openers Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Kohli and Ishant played together in the 4th Test. While the match was drawn, Kohli made 103 while Ishant picked three wickets. Incidentally, the quartet played together between  November 2011 and December 2012.

 

Earlier in the day, Pant became the 291st Test player for India  as he received his Test cap before the start of the 3rd Test. Pant, 20, was handed his Test cap by Indian captain Virat Kohli. The aggressive left-hander’s name was doing the rounds to replace Dinesh Karthik, who had failed to make any substantial contributions in the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s.

At lunch India had made 82 for the loss of three wickets.