Should Rishabh Pant be compared with MS Dhoni? Yuvraj Singh has an interesting answer
Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh believes that the Indian management need to understand the psychology of Rishabh Pant in order to get the best out him. Despite being given a long rope by the selectors, Pant has not been able to find any consistency and this has sparked off debates over this place in the Indian side.
On the sidelines of an event in the national capital, Yuvraj said while he does not want to add to the criticism that Pant had been getting of late, “somebody really needs to talk to him”.
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Yuvraj also said that one should refrain from comparing Pant with MS Dhoni. “MS Dhoni was not made in a day. It took a few years so it will take a few years for a replacement also. There is one year to go for the T20 World Cup so that is still a long time,” he said.
“How they get the best out of Pant is completely based on his character. You have to understand his psychology and then work with that. If you are going to suppress him, you won’t get the best out of him.
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“Yes, he has been given a number of chances but how do you get the best out of him. The people monitoring him in the team -- the coaches, the captain -- can make a lot of difference,” said Yuvraj.
Pant has long been touted as Dhoni’s replacement behind the stumps for India. While his talent is acknowledged by many, he has come under significant criticism in his short career over the ways in which he gets dismissed and a perceived lack of ability to put value on his wicket.
With Dhoni extending his break from cricket to the month of November, Pant has an opportunity to stake his claim in the Indian side that will go to Australia for the World T20, possibly ahead of the legendary former captain as a wicket-keeper.
(With IANS inputs)