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Rishabh Pant breaks Kapil Dev’s record

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The young and flamboyant Rishabh Pant scripted a new record in the Indian test cricket by breaking Kapil Dev’s forty years old record of scoring the fastest fifty in history of Test matches. He completed his half century in just twenty eight balls during the second test against Sri Lanka on Sunday, which was the second day of the ongoing day/night test match.

The promising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant hit seven fours and two sixes to get to his half century in just 28 balls. The legendary Kapil Dev who also is the first World Cup winning captain from India held the record of fastest fifty in tests for which he took thirty balls. He played this magnificent innings during the 1982 Karachi Test.

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Rishabh Pant Records

Rishabh Pant broke another record with the same half century which is the fastest fifty by a wicketkeeper-batsman in Tests beating Australia’s Ian Smith and his idol, M. S. Dhoni. Both of these legends score a thirty four ball fifty.

`Shardul Thakur comes third in the list of fastest fifty by an India in Test with just 32 balls and the hard hitter Virendar Singh holds the fourth position with 32 balls against England in 2008.

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The tragedy is Pant couldn’t convert his fifty into a hundred as he got out at the same score by giving Jayawickrama an easy return catch. On the brighter side, India has won the Paytm Test Series with Sri Lanka and Rishabh Pant was awarded the Man of Series trophy for his excellent display of skills during all the matches. The Paytm Test Series was a bilateral test series between India and Sri Lanka where they played two test matches, one in Mohali and the other in Bangalore. India outplayed the visitors in both the matches and lifted the Paytm trophy.

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