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Top 5 scores by Indian wicketkeepers in Test cricket

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05 Jan 2019, 08:46 IST

#4 Nayan Mongia - 152 vs Australia in Delhi, 1996

This was Mongia's only international century
This was Mongia's only international century

Nayan Mongia is one of three wicketkeepers on this list to record their highest individual score in Test cricket against Australia.

Mongia was not renowned for his batting and averaged just 24.03 in 68 innings. However, in 1996, when Australia visited India, Mongia scored his only international century in a one-off Test.

Batting first, the visitors were dismissed for only 182 runs which put India in a commanding position. Mongia opened with Vikram Rathour and while Rathour was dismissed for only five runs, Mongia formed a 131 run partnership for the second wicket with Sourav Ganguly who scored 66 runs.

After Ganguly was dismissed, the remaining Indian wickets fell at regular intervals but Mongia soldiered on and was only the ninth player to be dismissed. He scored his 152 in 366 balls while hitting 18 fours and one six.

Australia scored 234 runs in their second Innings and gave India target of 55 runs which the hosts achieved despite the loss of three wickets including both Mongia and Sachin Tendulkar for ducks.

Unsurprisingly, he was named the Man of the Match.

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