Rishabh Pant Can Not be Compared With MS Dhoni – Kapil Dev
Former World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev believes Rishabh Pant cannot be compared with MS Dhoni. Pant is still taking his baby steps at the International level whereas MS Dhoni is the statesman of the game. Consequently, it is not prudent to draw comparisons between the wicketkeeper-batsman.
However, Rishabh Pant had to face the wrath of the fans in the fourth ODI at Mohali against Australia. Pant had fluffed the stumping chance of Ashton Turner and he was booed by the Mohali crowd. Hence, it was not fair on the young lad when the crowd had chanted the name of MS Dhoni.
Meanwhile, Kapil Dev believes it is not right to compare a young player with MS Dhoni as it puts extra pressure on the rookie batsman.
“You can never compare anyone with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. No one can ever replace a player of Dhoni’s stature. Pant is a talented cricketer and we shouldn’t put him under pressure by comparing him with Dhoni. His time will surely come,” the 1983 World Cup-winning captain told media persons on the sidelines of a promotional event Tuesday.
On the other hand, there is a lot of discussion on the workload of the players in the ongoing IPL. However, the Haryana Hurricane played down the workload management factor.
“We all have the workload,” he laughed, adding, “We are making a big issue out of it. What is the workload?
Meanwhile, Kapil Dev reckons that he is not focussing on the weak points of the India National Cricket Team. However, he wants to focus on the strong points of the team.
“Winning World Cup is not buying sweets from a shop. It’s a mission and at this juncture, I don’t want to be the critic who wants to pull the team. I will not like to harp on weak points and rather focus on our strengths,” said the legendary all-rounder.
On the other hand, comparing Rishabh Pant with MS Dhoni is like comparing white with black. Dhoni has all the experience under his belt whereas Rishabh Pant is still a rookie player. Pant is trying to make his place in the World Cup but he has struggled to make the most of his opportunities in the white ball format.
However, he has grabbed his chance in the red ball version. Pant had scored 350 runs in the four-match series against Australia and he was the second highest run-getter of the series.
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