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Stats: Rishabh Pant's record breaking journey

By Sampath -

Following his exploits in the Ranji Trophy 2016/17 season, Rishabh Pant caught the eyes of selectors. Pant impressed everyone with his consistent performances at Under-19 level and did a fair job for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League before carrying it to the longer format as well. As a result, the 19-year old was picked in India’s T20I squad for the 3-match series against England later this month. Here we look at his stats over the last 15 months.

Rishabh Pant made an explosive start to his Under-19 career scoring 51 off just 26 balls against Bangladesh in his Youth ODI debut in the U-19 Tri-series at Kolkata held in November, 2015 which included Afghanistan as well. He brought up his fifty with 9 fours and 2 sixes in just 23 balls in that game. He scored 94% of his runs in boundaries in that innings, the 3rd most in a Youth ODI by a player. Sarfaraz Khan came close to Pant’s record in the final of this tournament.

Highest percentage of runs in boundaries in a Youth ODI by a player: (Min: 50 runs)

Player

Team

Runs

Fours

Sixes

Percentage

Opposition

Venue

Season

Craig Overton

England U19

68*

8

6

100

India U19

Townsville

2011/12

TV Mufambisi

Zimbabwe U19

57

8

4

98.25

India U19

Visakhapatnam

2005/06

Rishabh Pant

India U19

51

9

2

94.12

Bangladesh U19

Kolkata

2015/16

Sarfaraz Khan

India U19

59*

9

3

91.53

Bangladesh U19

Kolkata

2015/16

Manan Vohra

India U19

79*

15

2

91.14

Australia U19

Visakhapatnam

2011/12

 

Pant scored 87 in 88 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes against Afghanistan and bettered it with a century in next encounter against them. He scored 118 in just 98 balls with 14 fours and 4 sixes in the last league game. Pant took just 30 balls for his 2nd fifty in that game after reaching in 60 balls for his first fifty runs. He finished with 282 runs in the 4 innings he batted in the tournament, the most by any player. The next in the most run-scores list in the tournament was Mehedi Hasan Miraz who scored 128, less than half of Pant’s tally. (The games against Afghanistan in this tournament doesn’t hold Youth ODI status.)

In the following U-19 Tri-Series in Sri Lanka which included England, Pant aggregated 110 runs in the 3 games he played. He scored a 68-ball 71 against England in the tournament playing crucial role in India’s win.

In the ICC Under-19 World Cup, he scored a fifty against New Zealand steading the ship with Sarfaraz Khan after early wickets. He scored 57 off 83 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes and shared an 89-run stand for 3rd wicket with Sarfaraz. In the very next game, he broke down the fastest fifty record in Youth ODI's by scoring in just 18 balls against Nepal. With 5 sixes and 9 fours, he scored 78 in just 24 balls in that match.

Fastest fifties in Youth ODIs:

Player

Team

Balls

Opposition

Ground

Season

Rishabh Pant

India U19

18

Nepal U19

Mirpur

2015/16

Trevon Griffith

West Indies U19

19

Pakistan U19

Palmerston North

2009/10

George Bailey

Australia U19

21

Kenya U19

Dunedin

2001/02

 

He made his 3rd consecutive fifty plus in the World Cup with a brilliant century in the quarter finals against Namibia. His stroke filled innings of 111 in the crucial game included 14 fours and 2 sixes which came in just 96 balls. His innings stood among the top 5 individual scores in Under-19 World Cup knockouts.

Highest individual scores in Under-19 World Cup knockouts:

Player

Team

Runs

Opposition

Ground

Match

Year

Nicholas Pooran 

West Indies U19

143

 Australia U19

Dubai (DSC)

Quarters

2014

Cheteshwar Pujara 

India U19

129*

 England U19

Colombo (RPS)

Semis

2006

Umair Masood 

Pakistan U19

113

 West Indies U19

Fatullah

Quarters

2016

Unmukt Chand 

India U19

111*

 Australia U19

Townsville

Finals

2012

Rishabh Pant 

India U19

111

 Namibia U19

Fatullah

Quarters

2016

 

Rishabh Pant’s record for India U19s:

Tournament

Inns

Runs

Best

Avg

S/R

100s

50s

Fours

Sixes

U19 Tri-Series in India

4

282

118

70.5

123.68

1

2

37

9

U19 Tri-Series in Sri Lanka

3

110

71

36.66

97.34

0

1

14

3

U19 World Cup

6

267

111

44.5

104.29

1

2

33

9

Overall Youth ODIs

11

454

111

41.27

110.46

1

4

60

15

(The two games he played against Afghanistan doesn’t hold Youth ODI status.)

Pant didn’t have a great time on his IPL debut as he had to come out to bat in a critical circumstance after his team Delhi Daredevils were reduced to 16/3 chasing 173 against Gujarat Lions. He scored 20 off 17 balls before getting out to James Faulkner. His first fair opportunity came when he was asked to open on a slow track along with Quinton de Kock against the Gujarat Lions while chasing 150. Pant made most of his chance bringing up his fifty in just 25 balls. He attacked the likes of Dhawal Kulkarni and Suresh Raina before getting stumped to Jadeja after making 69 off just 40 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes. With this he became the 2nd youngest to score a fifty in IPL at an age of 18 years and 212 days. Sanju Samson scored fifty in 2013 at an age of 18 years 169 days.

He did contribute well in middle order as well by scoring an unbeaten 39 off just 26 balls with 2 fours and 3 sixes against Sunrisers Hyderabad in which he struck the Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman for 26 runs in 13 balls including 2 sixes.

Rishabh Pant’s batting record in IPL 2016:

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

50s

30+

4s

6s

10

2

198

69

24.75

130.26

1

3

19

6

 

Rishabh began the Ranji season with a quick-fire 146 against Assam and followed it with a triple ton against Maharashtra. He took all the limelight in that game despite a record stand by Maharashtra pair. He became only the 7th wicketkeeper in first-class history to score a triple century and also became the 4th youngest to score 300 in an innings.

Youngest to score triple century in first-class cricket:

Batsman

Team

Age

Runs

Opposition

Season

Javed Miandad

Karachi Whites

17 Years, 311 Days

311

National Bank Of Pakistan

1974-75

Abhinav Mukund

Tamil Nadu

18 Years, 303 Days

300*

Maharashtra

2008-09

Wasim Jaffer

Mumbai

18 Years, 365 Days

314*

Saurashtra

1996-97

Rishabh Pant

Delhi

19 Years, 12 Days

308

Maharashtra

2016-17

(Ages as on the day they reached triple century)

Triple centuries by wicket-keepers in First-class cricket:

Batsman

Team

Runs

Opposition

Venue

Season

MB Ranasinghe

Sinhalese Sports Club

342

Badureliya Sports Club

Maggona

2015/16

WL Murdoch

New South Wales

321

Victoria

Sydney

1881/82

MDKJ Perera

Colts Cricket Club

336

Saracens Sports Club

Colombo

2012/13

CL Walcott

Barbados

314*

Trinidad

Port Of Spain

1945/46

Kona Srikar Bharat

Andhra

308

Goa

Ongole

2014/15

Rishabh Pant

Delhi

308

Maharashtra

Mumbai (WS)

2016/17

Imtiaz Ahmed

India Prime Minister's XI

300*

Commonwealth XI

Mumbai (BS)

1950/51


He later struck a ton against Jharkhand and bettered it with a 48-ball century in the 2nd innings of the same game. His century was the fastest first-class century by an Indian. He also struck 13 sixes in that innings, the joint 2nd most by an Indian in FC. Pant struck a total of 21 sixes in the game, the 2nd most by any player in a first-class match.

Fastest centuries by Indians in first-class cricket: (Where known)

Player

Team

Balls

Opposition

Venue

Year

Rishabh Pant

Delhi

48

Jharkhand

Trivandrum

2016/17

Yusuf Pathan

West Zone

51

Central Zone

Rajkot

2007/08

RK Borah

Assam

56

Tripura

Guwahati

1987/88

 

Most sixes in a first-class innings by Indians:

Player

Team

Sixes

Runs

Opposition

Venue

Season

Shakti Singh

Himachal Pradesh

14

128  

 Haryana

Dharamsala

1990/91

Ishan Kishan

Jharkhand

14

273  

 Delhi

Thumba

2016/17

Ravi Shastri

Bombay

13

200*

 Baroda

Bombay

1984/85

Rishabh Pant

Delhi

13

135  

 Jharkhand

Thumba

2016/17

 

Most sixes in a first-class match by a player:

Player

Team

Sixes

Opposition

Venue

Season

Colin Munro

Auckland

23

 Central Districts

Napier

2014/15

Rishabh Pant

Delhi

21

 Jharkhand

Thumba

2016/17

Andrew Symonds

Gloucestershire

20

 Glamorgan

Abergavenny

1995

 

He finished the season with an aggregate of 972, the 3rd highest by a Delhi player in a Ranji Trophy season. He scored his runs at a strike rate of 107.28, almost like playing in one-day games.

Rishabh Pant’s batting record in Ranji Trophy 2016/17:

Inns

Runs

Best

Avg

Balls

S/R

100s

50s

Ducks

Fours

Sixes

12

972

308

81

906

107.28

4

2

1

103

49

 

Rishabh’s exploits were spread to the other domestic tournaments as well, like JP Atray tournament before the India domestic season in which he scored 222 runs for Reliance One in 4 innings at an insane strike rate of 174.8 in the 50-over tournament. Even minutes before he was announced to have selected in Indian team, Pant struck a 14-ball 43 in Dr. D.Y. Patil T20 tournament.

Rishabh Pant’s batting record in JP Atray tournament 2016:

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

SR

100s

50s

4s

6s

4

1

222

122*

74

174.8

1

1

21

17

 

(Stats as on 9th January, 2017)

Sampath

Cricket Statistician and Journalist | Love to churn out