New Delhi, Dec 9: MS Dhoni's young replacement Rishabh Pant on Sunday tamed a Li(y)on on rampage in Australia. He taught the Aussie offie some lesson which the bowler will not forget in a hurry. Rishabh left the partisan Aussie crowd in awe with his flamboyance.Rishabh walked in with his natural swagger after Nathan Lyon had sent back Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma back to pavilion in quick succession. Instead of being overawed by the situation the young wicketkeeper decided to play his natural strokes giving tough time to Aussie captain Tim Paine. Pant hammered Lyon for 18 runs in an over on Day 4. This was the 96th over of the day. The scoreboard read 4,4,4,6 as Pant smashed last 4 deliveries of the 96th over, hitting Lyon all over the park. Pant decided to free his arms after defending the first two deliveries from Nathan Lyon. On the third ball, Pant came down the track and lifted Lyon to get his first four in the mid-wicket region. The next ball was smashed between mid-wicket and long-on for another four. Pan completed hat-trick of fours by hitting the fifth ball past the mid on fielder. Lyon tossed up the last delivery, Pant latched on it and smashed it over the ropes with a breathtaking slog sweep.
Rishab's sensational stroke-play won him a lot of fans, but he was equally criticised for his reckless batting. The Roorkee-born 21-year old eventually paid for his flamboyance as scooped a Lyon deliver straight to Aaron Finch in deep cover. He made 28 in 16 deliveries.Earlier on Saturday, young Rishabh Pant took six catches during Australia's first innings to equal predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record of most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test innings.The 21-year-old Pant had a hand in dismissing Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Tim Paine on the second day before pouching on to edges off Mitchell Starc, Travis Head and Josh Hazlewood's willow on Saturday.He equalled the record after taking Hazlewood's catch off Mohammed Shami's ball in the first innings here.In 2009, Dhoni had achieved his record feat during the Wellington Test against New Zealand. Pant, who is playing his sixth Test, was selected in the Indian team following the injury of Wriddhiman Saha and retirement of Dhoni in 2014.He has so far scored 374 runs with the highest score of 114 against EnglandNews24 Bureau/ PTI