Rishabh Pant says MS Dhoni is mentor for him, on and off the field
The future of Indian team and replacer of veteran MS Dhoni, the wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant on Friday (May 01) says that he loves playing Test cricket and it is the real test where you are challenged over five days. Rishabh Pant also said that former Indian captain and his predecessor MS Dhoni is like a mentor to him and he seeks his guidance as Mentor. Pant Who gets dropped from the Indian team due to poor performance, Rahul doing the wicket-keeping duty in place of him. Virat Kohli has already signaled that KL Rahul will continue in his role in T20Is while many think that the Veteran MS Dhoni will do wicket-keeping duty for the Indian team in the T20 World Cup 2020, still, the question is around the corner, let’s wait for the end of coronavirus pandemic. MS Dhoni, who has not played competitive cricket since World Cup Semi-final against New Zealand, was supposed to make a much awaited comeback with the IPL 2020, which has now been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rishabh Pants said in an Instagram live chat session with his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capital’s official account:
I love playing Tests. You can give yourself time. Mostly you can test yourself in Test cricket. When I was playing four-day first-class games, I had heard it is the real test but when I played five-day cricket, it was like you need to put in that extra effort. They (Uttarakhand) did not have a cricket team at that point. So I used to take the bus at 2 a.m. in the night. That time it used to take 6 hours by road. It was difficult during winters as it was too cold. There was fog also. It’s been a good journey (as I look back). At the end of the day, you have to work hard to achieve your goal.
He is like a mentor to me. He helps me on and off the field. He (MS Dhoni) gives me hints and tries that I figure things out myself so that I do not become dependent on him but he also does not just back off from it. Although my favorite batting partner is Mahi Bhai, we get very few chances to bat together. When Mahi Bhai is there, everything feels sorted out as you just have to follow his plan. There is Virat, Rohit, whenever you bat alongside seniors, it is a different experience.
Over a period of time, I have realized that you have to learn from your idol (On his idol and legendary Australia wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist) but you don’t have to copy him. You learn things which you like and can implement in life and cricket. You need to have your own identity.
That was a life-changing season for me. I needed that breakthrough that everyone needs. The core group always thinks of winning IPL for Delhi. We qualified for the knockouts last time and came third.
He gives me a free hand. He (Delhi Capitals coach and Australian legend Ricky Ponting) says do whatever you want to do. You need to give yourself some time and then you can do whatever you want to do. He (BCCI President Sourav Ganguly) always wanted me to do well. He told me a few things and I tried them also. It helped.