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“I’m not interested about the comparison too much” – Pant replies


India’s new rising superstar Rishabh Pant gave a strong reply to the critics that he faced during the 4th ODI match in Mohali.

Dhoni and Pant in training ground

Looking back to the ODI series between India vs Australia some days ago, Veteran Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni was rested for the last two ODIs to give the chance to youngstar Pant to prove his World Cup potentials. So, at Mohali which was his first appearance of the series he got nervous and showed poor performance behind the stumps. For this, Pant was vigorously censured and derided by the spectators with the walls of the arena reverberating ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’. What’s more, on Saturday, Pant thought of to give a fitting reply to the critics going on.

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Addressing ANI on Saturday, Pant stated: “I’m not interested about the comparison too much. As a player, I want to gather experience from him (Dhoni). He’s a legend of the game. I don’t need individuals to think about yet I can’t prevent them from doing as such. I’m near him and converse with him about everything how I can improve my game on and off the field”.

However, Pant ended up admitting that he made quite a few error behind stumps in Mohali that played a big part in the defeat against Australia in 4th ODI at Mohali.

Among his critics stood previous Indian cricketer Bishan Singh Bedi who had told PTI after the Mohali game: “Pant is a wild pony. Someone needs to tame him. Who will do that? The care staff ought to almost certainly do that. He is committing similar errors over and over and behind stumps, as well, he has a great deal of work to do, genuinely. Your chairman of selection committee (MSK Prasad) is a wicketkeeper, you converse with him at any rate.”

Answering to the 1983 World Cup champ, Pant stated: “I’m not saying I’m immaculate. I need to learn and continue improving each day”.

He further included: “When I went there (Australia), I had something inside, needed to win series outside India. Each teammates was feeling that we need to accomplish something other than what’s expected and make our team win the series. Each time we go out on to the field, we just consider winning. That is the main thing we are centering.”

He also admitted that he has been gaining much lessons from Kohli and Dhoni during the matches. “I’ve learnt lots of things from them (Kohli and Dhoni) like control, how to be calm in the midst of huge pressure, how to cover up from the mistakes and how to fulfill the expectations of the crowd. . There’s been a great deal of learning,” he said.

Pant is by and by preparing for the IPL 2019 where he will play for Delhi Capitals. Delhi will open their battle against Mumbai Indians on March 24 at the Wankhede Stadium.

Khan Mutasim Billah Life (Correspondent, Bdcrictime.com)

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