Risbabh Pant
Risbabh Pant has made a memorable Test debut (Getty Images)

Rishabh Pant has added a second milestone in two days, becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper to hold five dismissals in his first innings on Test debut. Pant, who on Saturday became the first Indian to get off the mark in Test with a six, held five catches to surpass the previous mark of four dismissals owned by Nana Joshi, Naren Tamhane and Chandrakant Patankar.

Pant’s first catch in Test cricket was off a thick outside edge from former England captain Alastair Cook, who was forced to play at an away-moving delivery from Ishant Sharma. Off the very next ball, when a new over began, Keaton Jennings wafted at Jasprit Bumrah and got a faint edge.

When Pant held his third catch not long after, a diving take of Ollie Pope down the leg side, he joined Bharath Reddy, Sadanand Viswanath and Kiran More as the fourth Indian wicketkeeper to take three catches in their first innings in Tests.

Wicket-keepers with most dismissals in debut innings
Wicket-keepers with most dismissals in debut innings

Pant’s fourth catch of England’s innings came when Chris Woakes was ruled to have gotten glove on an attempted pull shot down the leg side off Hardik Pandya. Moments later, Pant clung on to another as Pandya drew a regulation edge off Adil Rashid to make history.

Joshi was the first Indian wicketkeeper to effect four dismissal in his first innings, holding two catches and stumping two English batsman in 1951. In 1955, also on Test debut, Tamhane took three catches and a stumping against Pakistan in Dhaka; late. That year, Patankar repeated the achievement against New Zealand in Kolkata.

The last Indian wicketkeeper to effect three dismissals in the first innings of their debut Test was Naman Ojha, who in 2015 took two catches and one stumping against Sri Lanka. Overall, for debut Tests, Nayan Mongia, More, Ojha and Tamhane hold the Indian record for most dismissals in a match – five.