Rishabh Pant achieved another record as he broke Kapil Dev’s 40-year old record of fastest Test fifty by an Indian. Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan feels the southpaw will surpass MS Dhoni after his sensational knock.
The knock also made him the wicket-keeper batter to score the fastest fifty in Test, breaking Dhoni’s record of 34 balls.
Irfan praised the youngster for his knock, saying that Pant has changed his method and is now staying longer at the crease.
“There has been a massive improvement in his batting. He is playing his shots carefully.”
“He now tries to find a way to stay on the pitch. The record-breaking knock we saw, it was not that he did not play a defensive shot at all. The defence was also there.”
Irfan also predicted that Pant would end his career as the highest scoring Indian wicketkeeper-batter. The record is currently held by Dhoni, who had ended his career with 4876 runs in 90 Tests. Pant has amassed 1920 runs in just 30 Tests.
“He is just a 24-year old boy, and there is still a long way to go. But, you will see him play for 10 years of international cricket. He will become India’s highest run-scoring wicketkeeper-batter in Tests.”