Trent Bridge, Aug 19: Rishabh Pant on Saturday became the first Indian batsman to open his Test cricket account with a six.
Pant, who was handed his Test debut in the third Test of the five-match series at Trent Bridge, smashed leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a straight six on only his second ball of the innings to get off the mark.
Pant is the 12th batsman overall to do so after Eric Freeman, Carlisle Best, Keith Dabengwa, Dale Richards, Shafiul Islam, Jahurul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mark Craig, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Sunil Ambris.
Pant, who came into the Indian side as an replacement for injured Dinesh Karthik, became the 291st Test player for India after captain Virat Kohli handed him his debut cap before the start of the match.
Rishabh Pant became the 291st player to make India Test cricket debut. Meanwhile, compared to the first two Tests, Indian batsmen have been supportive in batting on the first day of the third Test. With a century partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli, India reached 307 runs at close on day one.
Rishabh Pant starts his Test career with a SIX! pic.twitter.com/YW15AGSwjG— Sir Isaac Pair (@1stAxiom) August 18, 2018