Rishabh Pant reveals his relationship with MS Dhoni, hits back at critics questioning his place in Team India

Pant has always been compared with the legendary MS Dhoni whenever he has taken the field.
Rishabh Pant reveals his relationship with MS Dhoni, hits back at critics questioning his place in Team IndiaRishabh Pant is seen as MS Dhoni's successor for future. (Photo: Getty)
  • 0
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • Share on whatsapp

Rishabh Pant is seen as the heir to the great MS Dhoni once the legendary skipper hangs up his glove. The youngster has received a lot of flak for his indifferent performance but since making his debut for the senior side in 2017, he has scored tons in England and Australia in testing conditions and he belonged at the top level.

Being compared to MS Dhoni comes with lot of pressure but for Pant it is about learning from Dhoni, rather than competing with him. In an interview with Bombay Times, Pant reveals his relationship with Dhoni and his career so far.

“I do think about the comparison with Dhoni sometimes, but it’s too difficult. If I am learning from him, I can’t possibly think that I can be in his league overnight.

"I am just trying to learn from him. I consider him my mentor. He has taught me so many things — be it how to work on my batting or mind-set before I go to bat, and most importantly, keeping calm in pressure situations.

“At 21, if I start thinking that I have to fill Dhoni’s shoes, it will get very difficult for me. I just try to keep it simple. I want to play the game to the best of my ability and learn from everyone around me, especially my seniors."

Pant is still just 21-year-old and a long career ahead but many believe that he got an entry into the Indian team a bit too early. But Pant thinks otherwise.

“It’s good for a player to get an early break. Besides, I am not getting anything for free. I have worked hard and earned my place in the Indian cricket team. Nobody has gifted that to me. "Koi nahi bolta ke, ‘Bhai team mein aaja’. Aisa nahi hota hai. If you don’t perform well, you won’t be selected. It’s as simple as that. Everyone has to justify their spot in the team.”

Add new comment