Pant is, in fact, the first keeper to claim six dismissals in a Test innings at Adelaide. Previously, Aussies Ian Healy had claimed five dismissals on three occasions and Matthew Wade once.
Referring to your last column, is Rohit Sharma the youngest to score a fifty in T20 International cricket. Also, could you also confirm who is the oldest to score a fifty in this format?
– Ojas Trivedi, Ahmedabad.
As indicated in my last column, Rohit Sharma at 20 years and 143 days was the youngest Indian to register a fifty in T20I cricket. The distinction of being the youngest to score a fifty in the format goes to Canada’s Hiral Patel (incidentally born in your city). He was 1■ years and 177 days during his unbeaten knock of ■■ against Ireland at Colombo SSC on February 3, 2010. Meanwhile, the oldest at 39 years and 345 days was Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya (■1) against the West Indies at Nottingham on June 10, 2009.
Pakistan’s Bilal Asif was wicketless when New Zealand’s fifth wicket fell in the recent
Abu Dhabi Test and yet he managed to claim a fivewicket haul. Has this happened before in Test matches?
– Ayaz Mansur, New Delhi.
If you mean Test bowlers claiming the wickets of batsmen from positions seven to eleven in the same innings, then Asif is the seventh to do so and the second Pakistani after Saqlain Mushtaq (against Zimbabwe at Lahore in December 199■). The others are For the record, Shane Warne, with 4,172 runs (13 fifties, highest 99), has the most runs in all international cricket without a century.
All figures above are updated as on
December 10, 201■.
Safe hands: Rishabh Pant equalled a record in only his sixth Test match.