Rising star Rishabh Pant added another feather to his cap on Tuesday as he achieved a career-best ranking in the latest list released by the International Cricket Council. Pant gained 21 slots and reached 17th place to equal Farokh Engineer’s feat which he achieved in 1973.
Pant’s 20 catches and 350 runs in the four-match Test series against Australia saw him gain 673 ratings points, which is the highest by an Indian wicketkeeper batsman. Pant beat the record set by MS Dhoni, who had gained 662 points, while Engineer had managed 619 points.
Before the Border-Gavaskar series, Pant was placed 59th on the list but made rapid progress to move into the top-20 after just nine Test matches.
He scored an unbeaten 159 in the final Test in Sydney which ended due to rain and bad weather conditions, thus, handing India a 2-1 series win, their first ever in a Test series in Australia.
He finished the series as the second highest run scorer behind Cheteshwar Pujara’s tally of 521 runs at 74.40. Pujara also gained a spot to be third in the batsmen’s rankings behind Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.
Pant’s hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground was his second in Test cricket after the Oval century and was also the first by an Indian wicket-keeper in Australia.
He is now only one of four Indian wicketkeepers – Budhi Kunderan, Nayan Mongia and MS Dhoni – with a 150-plus score in Test cricket.
The 21-year-old broke the record for the most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper during the series and also equalled a world record of AB de Villiers and Jack Russell for the most number of catches by a wicketkeeper in a Test, taking 11 catches during India’s 31-run win at the Adelaide Oval.
Despite his groundbreaking series Down Under, Pant was ignored for the upcoming three-match ODI series against the Aussies starting January 12.