Right of succession: Rishabh Pant surpasses MS Dhoni’s record

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Rishabh Pant became the highest scorer by an Indian wicketkeeper in T20Is, with his match-winning 65 from 42. India won their 3rd T20I against West Indies in Guyana this Tuesday, as he surpassed MS Dhoni’s record when he made 56 against England in Bengaluru. India had won their first 2 T20Is of the series in Florida last weekend.

The young left handed batsman was picked in the squad for all three formats against West Indies due to the absence of MS Dhoni. A 106-run stand with Virat Kohli, Pant helped India easily chase 147 at the Providence Stadium.

Pant was being followed closely after he threw his wickets away in the T20Is in Florida. In the opener, he scored a duck while he was caught in the deep for 4 in the 2nd T20I.The wicketkeeper-batsman had faced a lot of criticism after India’s semi-final defeat in World Cup.However, this time he proved his character and built his innings in a matured manner after the visitors lost their openers in a hurry. He hit 4 sixes and 4 boundaries finishing at 65 in 42 and the youngster even smashed the winning runs with a six.

Virat Kohli, with his brilliant 59 equalled Rohit Sharma’s record for the most number of fifty-plus scores in T20I cricket on Tuesday. India now have 3 ODIs against West Indies from August 8 followed by their ICC World Test Championships in the Caribbean.