Superstar Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant opines that it is not fair to make comparisons between him and former India captain and wicket-keeper, MS Dhoni. Since Pant made into the run-scoring charts in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the now-defunct Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), he was touted to be the successor of MS Dhoni.
Pant made his T20I debut for India in 2017 and Test and ODI debuts a year later. However, his performances in the IPL haven’t been successfully emulated for the Men in Blue.
But he has, now it looks so, made himself a cemented part of the Test team after his heroics in India’s victorious campaign in Australia. Not to forget, Pant is the only Indian keeper-batsman ever to notch up a Test hundred in both England and Australia.
While the left-hander is overwhelmed with comparisons with ‘legend’ MS Dhoni, Pant wants to make a name for himself in Indian cricket. Pant told reporters here after returning from the Australia tour that he is focused on his performance and it isn’t a good idea to compare the 23-year-old with the former skipper.
As quoted by ANI, Rishabh Pant said, “It feels good when you are compared to someone like MS Dhoni but I do not want people to make comparisons. I want to make my own name in the Indian cricket team. That is the only thing I am focused on. Also, it is not good that you compare a legend with a youngster.”
Rishabh Pant bags Man of the Match award in Brisbane; ends the series as India’s leading run-scorer
In the third Test in Sydney, although he got out for 97 after igniting the hope of a win, however, in Brisbane, Rishabh Pant’s under pressure 89* was enough to see India home with just three overs remaining in the match, as India breached the ‘Fortress Gabba‘. The left-hander was awarded the Man of the Match award.
The southpaw was India’s leading run-scorer in the series with 274 runs in 3 matches. While Wriddhiman Saha may don the gloves back in the upcoming home series against England, however, Rishabh Pant had made an unavoidable case to play as a pure batsman.