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Rishabh Pant became fourth Indian wicket-keeper to take five catches on Test debut during the second day of the third Test against England. Pant who became India’s 291st Test player, achieved this feat by taking catches of Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid in England’s first innings.
With this feat, Rishabh Pant joins club of other Indian wicket-keepers who have taken five catches on Test debut. They are Naren Tamhane (vs Pakistan in 1955), Kiran More (vs England in 1986) and Naman Ojha (vs Sri Lanka in 2015). It also makes him Pant first Asian wicket-keeper and third in the world to take five catches in an innings on Test debut. Other two international wicket-keepers who achieved this feat are B Taber (vs South Africa, 1966) and J MacLean ( vs Brisbane, 1978).
Indian captain Mithali Raj (34) scripted history by becoming first player in the history of women’s ODI cricket to score more than 6000 career runs. She also became all-time leading run-getter in women’s ODI.
She achieved the record feat against Australia in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match at Bristol. She broke previous record of Charlotte Edwards (5992) in 164 innings – 16 less than Charlotte.
Mithali had made her ODI debut at the age of 16 against Ireland in June 1999 at Milton Keynes and scored unbeaten 114 runs. So far, Mithali has scored 6028 runs with the help of 5 centuries and 49 half-centuries.
During the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, she had created record of scoring seven consecutive fifties in women’s ODIs. Apart from this, she has also scored 49 ODI half-centuries, highest by any woman cricketer. She is often called the Sachin Tendulkar of Indian women’s cricket.