Rishabh Pant can never be MS Dhoni: Gautam Gambhir

Written by Sumit Seth
Once a part of the Indian team in all the three formats and seen as the successor to MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant is struggling to even be a squad player in India’s limited-overs squads. With his performances in the Indian Premier League also being sub-standard, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has asked for the Dhoni vs Pant comparisons to be put to an end.

Gambhir, who has remained an active pundit in the cricketing spectrum since making the big switch to politics, feels the tag of being the next Dhoni is too heavy for Pant. Rather, what the Delhi-lad needs to do at this time is to become the best version of himself.

“You have to stop comparing Rishabh Pant that he is an alternative to MS Dhoni. That is one thing which first media needs to do it. Because the more media talks about it, the more he starts thinking on that front. He can never be MS Dhoni. He has to be Rishabh Pant. And, at the same time, MS Dhoni had so much of range when he came on the scene. And, Rishabh Pant, just because he can hit sixes, people started comparing him with MS Dhoni,” Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo.

Though there’s no doubting that Pant’s stroke-making has been below-par, Gambhir also feels that the 23-year-old first needs to work on his wicket-keeping which has been extremely ordinary.

”Rishabh Pant has a lot to improve, especially from the keeping point of view, but from the batting point as well.  I see, the bowlers have got smarter, they have started bowling wider outside the off-stump and he has struggled. That’s the reason, first and foremost, people around him and in the media need to stop comparing him with MS Dhoni” he added.

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