Bengaluru: Flamboyant wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant on Sunday broke the legendary 40-year record of the legendary Kapil Dev of fastest test fifty by an Indian on the second day of the day/night game against Sri Lanka here.
The rambunctious southpaw crossed to his fifty in 28 balls (7×4, 2×6) in the 42nd over of the Indian second innings when he slammed a Praveen Jayawickrama delivery through the extra cover line.
Kapil Dev, India’s first captain to win the World Cup, had won half a century of 30 balls against Pakistan in the Karachi Test in 1982.
“Rishabh Pant outdoes Kapil Dev to score the fastest 50 by an Indian in test cricket… Bow, Rishabh,” BCCI posted in its Twitter handle.
Pant also set a world record for the fastest fifty by a wicketkeeper batter in Tests, surpassing the efforts of Australian Ian Smith and former India captain MS Dhoni (both scored 34-ball fifty).
However, Pant couldn’t make it and got out in the same score and more, giving Jayawickrama a return catch in the last pitch.
Shardul Thakur is third in the list of fastest Test fifty by an Indian with his 31-ball half-century in the Oval Test against England last year.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag scored a 32-ball 50 against England in Chennai in 2008.
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