Comparisons with Dhoni have been happening since Pant came into the scene as far as the senior India team is considered. In the past month or so, the 21-year-old has become the No.1 choice wicket-keeper batsman across formats despite the fact that Dhoni hasn’t officially announced retirement. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant wants to focus on one game at a time.
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant on Wednesday said he is eyeing a fresh start with the upcoming T20I and Test series against South Africa after drawing criticism for a below-par show in the tour of West Indies last month.
The selectors have already identified Pant as the primary wicket-keeper across all the formats and hence, the upcoming series against South Africa will be a good test for the Delhi boy. The flamboyant believes that he can do well for India across the formats in absence of MS Dhoni.
I am focusing on my cricket – Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant added that he is working hard to make things fall in place. He wants to win games for India with his batting and wicket-keeping work. Further, the stylish southpaw also quoted that the plans are going well against South Africa for the upcoming series.
“I just love him. I am focusing on my cricket and taking one match at a time. I am trying to improve every day. The team played really well (in the West Indies). I am looking forward to improving myself and helping team India to win more matches,” Rishabh Pant said at the event.
“We have practised really well and mindset is good. We will look to do well.” Pant said there will be home advantage, but the Proteas are a good unit too. “Our planning is going well. We will have home advantage but they are a good side,” he concluded.
Selection committee chief MSK Prasad had recently taken the names of Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan as some of the bright wicket-keeping candidates who can challenge Pant for a spot in the team. It certainly means that Pant needs to show his calibre as quickly as possible.