Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is a different kind of player in Test cricket. He loves to counter-attack the opposition in difficult situations. He proved that again in the ongoing second Test match vs Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.

Coming in to bat when India were in trouble with 72 for three, having lost in-form Cheteshwar Pujara for 24, Pant once again batted aggressively on a track which had enough help for the seamers and spinners.

The left-handed batsman got his half century off just 49 balls. In the process, he broke legendary MS Dhoni’s 15-year-old record for the fastest fifty by an Indian keeper in Tests against Bangladesh. Dhoni had scored a fifty off just 50 balls against Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2007.

Pant also became the third Indian wicket-keeper batsman to register a fifty-plus score against Bangladesh after Dhoni and Wriddhiman Saha.

Pant struck five sixes and six fours during his entertaining knock as he and Shreyas Iyer steered India to 226-4 at Tea in reply to Bangladesh’s first innings score of 227. Bangladesh were seven without loss in their second innings at stumps on day two of the second Test.

Earlier, India had bowled Bangladesh out on 227 in the first innings with Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav taking four wickets each.