Rishabh Pant doesn’t want to compete for places with MS Dhoni
Pant is being seen as Dhoni's backup for the World Cup.
Updated - Nov 15, 2018 3:45 pm
Rishabh Pant has had an eventful year in his cricketing career. He made his Test debut against England this year and opened his account with a belligerent six off Adil Rashid. The 21-year-old made his ODI debut against Windies last month. In the meantime, he also has a chance of playing the 2019 Cricket World Cup as the selectors are looking to find a backup keeper for MS Dhoni.
Recently, after a lacklustre beginning of his T20I career, Pant scored his maiden half-century in the format against the Caribbean team at M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. He is now set to play the three-match T20I series against Australia, which starts on November 21 at The Gabba in Brisbane.
I have learnt to keep off-field hype back in my room
Meanwhile, the Uttarakhand-born cricketer mentioned that he doesn’t want to enter into a competition by any means and rather he expressed his wish to keep learning from Dhoni. “I am not here to compete with anyone. For me, this phase is all about learning. I keep going up to Mahi bhai (brother) and pick up things,” Pant was quoted as saying in The Times of India (TOI).
Talking about how he has dealt with people’s opinions on platforms like Twitter and Instagram, Pant said, “Social media is a part of everyone’s life. You can’t ignore it. But I have learnt to keep off-field hype back in my room. And it doesn’t matter if you have played 500 international matches, you are bound to be nervous when you take the field and I believe that’s a good thing.”
Pant also talked about how Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, has helped him out in recent times by giving some priceless tips to succeed. “Virat bhaiya (brother) told me that playing 50 matches doesn’t mean you are experienced. A person with three-four games can be equally experienced if he picks up from others’ mistakes,” he added.