MS Dhoni is one of the most successful wicketkeeper-batsmen the world has seen, especially in limited-overs format. To be compared to Dhoni can be someone’s dream and in his short career, Rishabh Pant has already drawn comparisons. The 19-year-old Delhi Daredevils (DD) batsman has already made news for his performance in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 and he is being tipped as the apt successor to Dhoni.
However, Pant dismisses the comparisons. Pant played many impressive knocks towards the beginning of the tournament, making him one of team’s most dependable batsmen for the season. Pant marked IPL as a big platform to showcase one’s talent and said he is here to perform with the bat. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2017, Match 36
Pant told Hindustan Times, “I don’t think much about all the comparisons. My focus has always been playing cricket and doing well. I just need to grab the chances and prove my mettle. IPL is a brilliant platform. We have seen people gaining attention by playing in IPL. My role in the team is to score runs and give my best when on the field. It doesn’t matter at which number I am batting. Right now, my team demands that I finish the games batting in the middle order. The T20 format is tricky, and you have to deliver whether you play in the top order or middle order.” Full Cricket updates, Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, IPL 2017, Match 36
DD, Despite a positive start to their IPL 2017 campaign, lost consecutive matches later on and remained at the bottom of the table. Sunday was their worst day this IPL, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) cleaned them up for 67, the joint-third lowest total in IPL history. Pant managed a 6-ball 3 before being dismissed by Glenn Maxwell.