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Rishabh Pant (AFP Photo)

Rishabh Pant equalled the world record for most catches by a wicketkeeper during the Adelaide Test as India beat Australia by 31 runs on Monday. He claimed 11 catches during the course of five days as the tourists took a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series.

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England’s Jack Russell [vs South Africa in Johannesburg] and South African AB de Villiers [vs Pakistan in Johannesburg] are the other two holders of the record.

Pant has often been equated with India legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni for their similar batting style and the fact that both are also wicketkeepers. Following his record-breaking feat for India, Pant paid rich tributes to Dhoni, calling him as “the hero of the country”

“He’s (Dhoni) the hero of the country,” Pant told cricket.com.au. “I’ve learnt a lot from him as a person and as a cricketer as well. Whenever he’s around, I feel more confident as a person. If I’ve got any problems I can share it with him and get a solution right away. As a wicketkeeper and a player (he’s taught me) to be patient in pressure situations like this (in Adelaide). You have to keep calm and keep composed and try to give 100 per cent.”

Apart from the record, Pant’s constant chirping behind the stumps also caught attention. He though is not reading too much into his record.”I never thought of the record but it’s good to take some catches and put it inside my kitty. It’s good to have milestones, but I’m not thinking about that too much,” he said.