Rishabh Pant quickest Indian wicketkeeper to 50 Test dismissals
Rishabh Pant (AFP Photo)

Rishabh Pant has become the quickest Indian wicketkeeper to effect 50 dismissals in Test cricket, overtaking former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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The 21-year-old achieved the feat when he claimed his 50th victim playing in his 11th Test. Dhoni took 15 Tests to the milestone.

Playing against West Indies in the ongoing second Test, Pant accepted an easy catch on Day 3 to remove opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite off Ishant Sharma in the second innings after India declared on 168/4.

In his short career so far, Pant, who made his Test debut against England last year,  has already equalled the world record for most catches in a single Test by a wicketkeeper when he was involved in dismissing eleven Australian batsmen at the Adelaide Oval.

Pant is also the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to have scored a century in England and Australia.

West Indies were left battling to save the Test and the series after India reduced them to 45/2 in the second innings, in pursuit of 468. India made short work of West Indies, needing approximately 75 minutes to dismiss them. With India ahead by 299, in a bid to provide his bowlers rest in the sapping Jamaica heat, Virat Kohli decided against enforcing the follow on.

West Indies pacers, led by Kemar Roach responded with fire, leaving India at 36/3 before half-centuries from Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane upped the tempo. From 41 runs scored in the first 20 overs, Vihari and Rahane added runs an over six an over post tea and declared 467 ahead. West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell walked out hoping to play out the remaining 16 overs unscathed, but Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami landed two early blow to tilt the balance heavily in favour of India.