Former India pacer Ashish Nehra believes that Rishabh Pant has the sport and pedigree and that he comes closest to creating an impression much like what MS Dhoni did. “I don’t see anyone coming close to the impact he [Dhoni] has had as a wicketkeeper-batsman except for Rishabh Pant,” Nehra was quoted as saying by Times of India.
Dhoni got here into the facet when Rahul Dravid was getting used as a makeshift wicket-keeper and after a jittery begin, the Jharkhand batsman made this place his personal and leapfrogged the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Parthiv Patel.
“Dinesh Karthik was an exceptional talent with sound technique. But Dhoni did what DK and Parthiv couldn’t — make the most of his opportunities. Dhoni may not have been the best-looking batsman or a sound wicketkeeper, but he certainly was the best wicket-keeper-batsman,” Nehra additional added.
On April 5, 2005, Dhoni smashed his first worldwide century and as per Nehra, this satisfied the administration that they’d discovered a viable choice.
“Dhoni’s innings is of great significance for Indian cricket,” Nehra, who was half of the XI in that sport towards Pakistan, stated. “That innings acquired the workforce to imagine that we too may have a prolific wicketkeeper-batsman. Dhoni didn’t have a good time in his preliminary matches. But when a assured man like him will get a chance and cashes in, then it’s laborious to tug him again. Unwavering self-confidence is Dhoni’s energy.
Now, with Dhoni fading away, the administration has heaped quite a bit of religion on Rishabh Pant, however the young Delhi batsman has not been in a position to take advantage of of these alternatives. However, as per Nehra, his journey is much like how Dhoni began off in his profession.
“Pant’s journey – although it’s nonetheless early days – reminds me quite a bit of Dhoni,”Nehra stated.