In his first Test in Australia, Rishabh Pant rewrote the history books as he became the first Indian wicket-keeper to effect 11 dismissals in a match. Pant completed the record when Shami got Mitchell Starc caught behind in the 100th over of the second Aussie innings.
The 21-year-old surpassed Wriddhiman Saha’s record of 10 dismissals, that the latter got against South Africa in Johannesburg earlier in the year.
Pant caught Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine, Starc, Travis Head, and Josh Hazlewood in the first innings, while in the second he pouched Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Paine and Starc.
In fact, Pant would have become the keeper with highest dismissals in a Test had he caught Nathan Lyon off Bumrah in the 105th over. Currently, he stands tied with former South African captain AB de Villiers (2013) and former England keeper Jack Russell (1995).
After the match, Pant paid tribute to MS Dhoni, saying that the former skipper taught him to be patient and handle pressure situations.
"He's (Dhoni) the hero of the country," Pant, who took six catches in Australia's first innings to equal Dhoni on that mark, 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 wicket-keeper and a player (he's taught me) to be patient in pressure situations like this. You have to keep calm and keep composed and try to give 100 per cent."
He also said after the match that he was happy to contribute to the team's cause while breaking this record.
"It was really nervous as they were coming close, but we did well. I'm very happy to contribute to the team, first time getting to this milestone."
The wicket-keeper also scored 25 and 28 in both the innings as India went onto beat Australia by 31 runs in Adelaide to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. This is also the first time India have begun a Test series in Australia with a win in the first Test.