MS Dhoni is country’s hero, I feel more confident when he is around: Rishabh Pant’s tribute for MSD

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Rising Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who became the first Indian glovesman to claim 11 catches in a Test during the 1st Test against Australia at Adelaide, has often hailed the role of former Indian captain MS Dhoni in mentoring him. Like he has done for so many upcoming wicketkeepers, Dhoni has also honed the skills of Pant.

Pant, who on Monday equalled the world record of most catches in a Test by a wicketkeeper, by taking 11 catches in India’s 31-run win in the first Test against Australia, hailed Dhoni as ‘country’s hero’ and said he has taught him how to deal with pressure situations. (WATCH: Rishabh Pant sledges Pat Cummins on Day 5 of India-Australia Adelaide Test)

Rishabh Pant's tribute to MS Dhoni

Rishabh Pant lauded MS Dhoni’s role as a mentor  |  Photo Credit: PTI

Rising Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who became the first Indian glovesman to claim 11 catches in a Test during the 1st Test against Australia at Adelaide, has often hailed the role of former Indian captain MS Dhoni in mentoring him. Like he has done for so many upcoming wicketkeepers, Dhoni has also honed the skills of Pant.

Pant, who on Monday equalled the world record of most catches in a Test by a wicketkeeper, by taking 11 catches in India’s 31-run win in the first Test against Australia, hailed Dhoni as ‘country’s hero’ and said he has taught him how to deal with pressure situations. (WATCH: Rishabh Pant sledges Pat Cummins on Day 5 of India-Australia Adelaide Test)

 

 

 

“He’s (Dhoni) the hero of the country,” Pant told cricket.com.au.

Pant went on to add that he feels more confident as a person why the Ranchi-born cricketer is around him. “I’ve learnt a lot from him as a person and as a cricketer as well. Whenever he’s around, I feel more confident as a person. If I’ve got any problems I can share it with him and get a solution right away.

“As a wicketkeeper and a player (he’s taught me) to be patient in pressure situations like this (in Adelaide). You have to keep calm and keep composed and try to give 100 per cent.”

Pant equalled Englishman Jack Russell (vs South Africa at Johannesburg in 1995) and South Africa’s AB de Villiers (vs Pakistan at Johannesburg in 2013) for the highest number of catches taken by a glovesman in a single Test. After creating the record, Pant said, “I never thought of the record but it’s good to take some catches and put it inside my kitty. It’s good to have milestones, but I’m not thinking about that too much.”

In the 2nd innings of the 1st Test, Pant smashed Nathan Lyon for 18 runs in one over, which incuded a hat-trick of fours and a six. In the ongoing series, Pant has also been giving the hosts a taste of their own medicine by sledging the Australian batsmen every now and then. Pant produced some gems from behind the wicket when Usman Khawaja and Pat Cummins were at the crease.

Source: Sports

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