If I Were Virat Kohli, I Would Just Let Rishabh Pant Go Through It: Sourav Ganguly On Crowd Chanting “Dhoni, Dhoni”
Rishabh Pant said to be an X-factor by Pundits, has always been under the scanner for his performance. The youngster is under pressure to fill the space of MS Dhoni in the team. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly opines that it is good for Rishabh Pant to take the pressure because it will force him to perform better.
Virat Kohli, in the press conference, appealed the crowd to not chant the name of MS Dhoni when Rishabh Pant misses a chance in the field. He requested the Indian crowd to be kinder and respect the 22-year-old. Earlier, Rohit Sharma urged everyone to keep the eyes away from the wicketkeeper-batsman.
However, Sourav Ganguly has a different view on the subject of Rishabh Pant undergoing pressure. The newly appointed BCCI’s president believes that the pressure which Rishabh Pant is undergoing will make him strong. He further added that if he was Virat Kohli, he would let Rishabh Pant hear the chants as it will let the southpaw find a way to succeed.
“I think it’s good for him because he will get used to it. I personally feel the pressure is something which he needs to get used to. When he played for Delhi last year, he was one of the main players. He played in front of a packed house. Taking responsibility wasn’t an issue,” Sourav Ganguly said at India Today Conclave East 2019.
“If I were Virat Kohli, I would just let him go through it, let him hear it and find ways to succeed.”
‘Rishabh Pant is a serious player’
Sourav Ganguly, who as a captain has led the national team to success road, opines that Rishabh Pant has to deal with the pressure. Rishabh Pant is a serious player and he can cope up with the current scenario, Ganguly believes.
“Your second season is very important. He will be under pressure. Let him deal with it. He has to go through it on his own.
“Don’t address that issue too much so that it makes him conscious. Let him address it. Let me tell you, he is a serious serious player. I am sure he will one of the greats in the years to come,” Ganguly said.
Rishabh Pant will take time to be close to MS Dhoni
Former Indian captain Ganguly has labelled MS Dhoni as “once in a generation cricketer”. He expressed that Pant will take time to become like the experienced who had to struggle to reach the top position.
“Everybody must remember that you don’t get MS Dhoni’s every day. He is a once-in-a-generation cricketer.”
“MS Dhoni, also, when he started was not MS Dhoni. It took him 15 years to be MS Dhoni. It will take Rishabh Pant also close to 15 years to be even close to what MS Dhoni is today.
“From that point of view, it’s his own mindset. It’s a very mentally tough kid.”
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