Rishabh Pant's Strength Is His Self-Belief, Says Nitish Rana
Rishabh Pant vs England in 2nd ODI(Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant vs England in 2nd ODI(Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
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Rishabh Pant’s Strength Is His Self-Belief, Says Nitish Rana

Rishabh Pant’s confidence is at an all-time high right now, but even when things weren’t going his way, Nitish Rana explained how he was impressed seeing the wicketkeeper batsman’s strong grit, determination, and self-belief.

The comparison between Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni has always been a hot topic of discussion. Even though the former India captain has retired from international cricket, some can’t help but draw parallels between Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni due to their similar attacking style of batting.

Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni
Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

Nitish Rana: Rishabh Pant Feels He Is Nowhere Near Legendary MS Dhoni

However, if there is one person who cannot stand these comparisons is Rishabh Pant himself, reveals Nitish Rana. The KKR batsman recently stated that it really bugs Rishabh Pant when people compare him to MS Dhoni since the wicketkeeper-batsman feels he is nowhere near the India legend.

“He admires Mahi Bhai a lot, to the extent that he sometimes says: ‘If there’s someone I want to see while awake and sleeping it will be Mahi Bhai.’

“He has even said to me, ‘Why are people comparing me with Mahi bhai, I am not worthy of comparison,’ and while folding his hands, ‘Stop comparing me with Mahi Bhai, take my bat and everything else. I don’t want to play, but don’t compare me with Mahi Bhai.’ He is like a God to him,” Nitish Rana told India TV Cricket.

Nitish Rana Image Source : IPL
Nitish Rana Image Source: IPL

Nitish Rana credited Rishabh Pant for the tremendous turnaround he was able to produce. Out of the team for his inconsistent show, Rishabh Pant roared back to form during the Test series in Australia and everything changed from there.

Nitish Rana: Rishabh Pant’s Strength Is His Self Belief Saying He Was Just One Inning Away From Playing A Big Knock And It Was To Arrive Soon Which Was So

Rishabh Pant’s confidence is at an all-time high right now, but even when things weren’t going his way, Nitish Rana explained how he was impressed seeing the wicketkeeper batsman’s strong grit, determination, and self-belief.

“His strength is his self-belief. He never leaves that self-belief wherever he goes and whatever format he plays. I remember there was a time when people started criticizing him but he used to tell me:

“‘I am just one big innings away, the day I play that knock, everyone will go silent and I believe I am going to play that innings very soon.’ The next match, he made a hundred something, it was during the last (2018-19) Australian tour,” recalls Rana.

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant’s favourite tour is obviously the Australian tour for he has amassed a staggering 624 runs in only 7 games averaging 62.4 with 1 hundred in 2018-19-his career-best of unbeaten 159 and 2 fifties which both came in the recent 2020-21 tour- scores of 97 which helped India draw the 3rd Sydney Test and 89* which helped India to win the Brisbane Test and claim their second successive series win Down Under.
Nitish Rana had scored above 300 runs in every IPL edition since IPL 2017 and managed 201 runs in 7 games in the now-suspended IPL 2021 playing for Kolkata Knight Riders. His performance helped him bag a place in the 20 member squad for the Sri Lanka tour which featured many youngsters.
It was the first time he got a chance in the senior India team. India is to field 2 teams at the same time with the Test specialist team consisting of veterans to play the WTC Final and the 5 Tests against England.