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Rishabh Pant creates history on Test debut at Trent Bridge

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Rishabh Pant on Saturday became the first Indian batsman to open his Test cricket account with a six.

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Pant, who was handed his Test debut in the third Test of the five-match series at Trent Bridge, smashed leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a straight six on only his second ball of the innings to get off the mark.

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Pant is the 12th batsman overall to do so after Eric Freeman, Carlisle Best, Keith Dabengwa, Dale Richards, Shafiul Islam, Jahurul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Mark Craig, Dhananjaya De Silva, Kamrul Islam Rabbi and Sunil Ambris.

Pant, who came into the Indian side as an replacement for injured Dinesh Karthik, became the 291st Test player for India after captain Virat Kohli handed him his debut cap before the start of the match.

Pant walked in to bat after Kohli was dismissed on 97 by Rashid. It was only the second time Kohli was dismissed in 90s in his Test career.

While Kohli missed out on another Test century, the captain's knock helped him set yet another record.

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On his way to 97, Kohli became the highest scoring Indian captain in away Tests. He surpassed Sourav Ganguly, who had scored 1693 runs in 43 innings at an average of 43.41.

As a captain, Kohli has scored 1731 in 30 innings at an average of 59.68.

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Kohli also stitched a 159-run stand with Rahane which is the highest 4-wicket partnership at Trent Bridge by Indians. Rahane scored 81 before falling to Stuart Broad.

It is Rahane's first fifty-plus score since he scored a century against Sri Lanka in August 2017. It was also his 13th half-century in Test cricket. Rahane had only managed 149 runs in the next 13 innings since scoring 132 against Sri Lanka in the first innings of the second Test of the away series last year. He averaged an abysmal 11.46 with the bat during this period.

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