IPL 2022: Yash Dhull keen to learn from Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant

The promising youngster led India to their record fifth U-19 World Cup title recently and also made a sensational debut in Ranji Trophy this year.

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Yash Dhull. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

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Yash Dhull, who recorded his name as the latest India U-19 captain to win the World Cup in January-February, is excited to become a part of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 and looking forward to meeting with former India captain Virat Kohli. The 19-year-old Dhull, who led from the front to help India lift their fifth U-19 World Cup crown in the West Indies, also hails from Delhi like Kohli.

Besides, Kohli was the captain of the India U-19 team which won the World Cup in 2008. Dhull, who was bought by the Delhi Capitals for Rs 50 lakh for IPL 2022, believes he has a lot to learn from the senior cricketer who recently played his 100th Test match. Kohli plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the marquee T20 tournament.

Want to take a lot of tips from Kohli: Yash Dhull

“I am eager to meet Virat bhaiya. He has been my inspiration. I have always idolized him. I want to interact with him and take a lot of tips from him. I want to ask him how he bats in crunch and high-pressure games, how he manages to control his mind, and how he took his fitness to another level,” Dhull said recently, as reported by Sportskeeda.

“I have led the Under-19 team but the way Virat bhaiya handled his team and players was amazing. I want to ask him how he managed his team and ensured his players stay pressure-free so that they can put in their best performances,” he added.

A promising right-hand opening batter who also bowls right-arm offbreak, Dhull recreated a rare history recently by hitting centuries in both innings of his debut Ranji Trophy player for Delhi against Tamil Nadu and hit an unbeaten double ton in his third game against Chhattisgarh.

Punjab Kings also tried to acquire Dhull during the mega auction in Bengaluru in February but backed out eventually. Dhull has already revealed his plan to play for India’s senior team within 18 months and the IPL could give him a perfect platform to start.

The cricketer also praised Rishabh Pant, under whom he will play in this year’s IPL.

“Rishabh bhaiya is a great motivator and a very good captain. I want to learn the nuances of a leadership role from him. He is so energetic on the field. The way he enjoys his game and keeps motivating and encouraging his teammates from behind the wickets is amazing.” Dhull said.

In the Delhi Capitals, Dhull will also share the dressing room with Prithvi Shaw, another cricketer who has captained India to a U-19 World Cup win.