Delhi’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant on Saturday (18 August) has been handed his Test cap for the third Test match between India and England.

Rishabh will make his Test debut today against England and, in the process, will become 291st player to represent India in the longest format of the game.

“Proud moment for young Rishabh Pant as he becomes the 291st player to represent #TeamIndia in Test cricket,” the official Twitter handle of Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) wrote on the micro-blogging site.

 

Joe Root-led England have taken the lead of 2-0 in the ongoing five-match Test series against India. The third Test match will be played at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Speaking to media at the pre-match conference, Indian skipper Virat Kohli had hinted that visitors can play with six specialist batsmen.

 

“I don’t think anyone is thinking like that. These are just things that are created on the outside and people like to make a lot of nothing. For us the priority is to win games of cricket. We are not thinking whether someone’s career is on the line or what’s going to happen to their future,” Kohli had said.

“We need to focus on this Test and not think about whether someone’s career is on the line. It’s quite bizarre thought to have,” Kohli told reporters at the pre-match press conference,” Virat added.

“That’s basically your thinking. I’m definitely not thinking like that so I won’t speak to the guys assuring their careers are not on the line. Like I said, that’s quite a bizarre thought to have,” he added, when further asked if he had provided any security to his teammates as the captain.”