Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. (Credits: Twitter)

The young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has been the most debated topic in Indian cricket in the last few months. He has struggled to live upto the expectations following the ICC World Cup 2019 in England. As he struggles to save his place in the playing XI, teammate Shikhar Dhawan has extended his support to the young cricketer.

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Pant became India’s first-choice wicket-keeper batsman post the World Cup after MS Dhoni went for a sabbatical. But the pressure the filling into the footsteps of Dhoni has got the better of young Rishabh Pant. The Delhi lad has lost his natural flow with the bat and the wicket-keeping has also hit an all-time low.

The 21-year-old has managed to post only one 50+ score in the last 10 games for India. However, it was the way that Pant has got out has kept the management on their toes. But the skipper and head coach Ravi Shastri has always stood his way and backed Pant to fire soon. And now, Rishabh Pant has got the support of Shikhar Dhawan.

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Rishabh Pant. Credit: BCCI

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Speaking to IANS, the senior cricketer said that every cricketer goes through this process and Pant will also learn from here. Dhawan also sounded confident his Delhi teammate will do wonders for India in the long run.

“I keep telling him that don’t see what is being said or written about you in the media. See, the point is that whatever you see or read will come into your mind. I don’t read any newspapers. I have trained myself that way because I know that if I have done well, they will write good things and if I don’t, they will write that. It is a journey. When I started, I also saw, but that is how you learn. Rishabh is a great talent and he will do really well in the long run,” Dhawan said.

Meanwhile, the bells for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia have already rung and the teams have also begun their preparation. India are currently auditioning to find the best suitable combinations for the premier T20 event. Shikhar Dhawan believes they will be one of the strongest competitors in the tournament.

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Winners Team India pose with the trophy. (Credits: BCCI Twitter)

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The Men in Blue who won the inaugural event in 2007 will be desperate to break their jink and win an ICC event for the first time since 2013.

“We are strong contenders. From now onwards we will play so many T20s that we will get refined and be ready for the World T20. I am sure that we will do really well there,” Dhawan concluded.

Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making...