Rishabh Pant says MS Dhoni is legend, don’t want people to compare: India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant on Saturday asked people to not compare him with former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Pant said that Dhoni is a legend and he does not want people to compare. Delhi boy maintained that he is close to Dhoni and is taking tips about improvisation.

As per Delhi Capitals player, he learned many things from Dhoni and skipper Virat Kolhi, like how to tackle pressure and learn from other player’s mistakes. He wants to learn more from experienced players.

About the upcoming World Cup 2019, he said that he is not given it a thought yet as they were playing in India and the conditions are completely different from England.

He added that the team recently played two-match T20 and five match-ODI series against Australia, and now Indian Premier League is a week away.

Pant is also sure about his selection in the 15-member squad for the World Cup.

The 21-year-old player has been in news after his poor performance behind the wickets in the fourth One-day International (ODI) against Australia in the recently concluded five-match series. He missed crucial chances in the match, in which India failed to defend a mammoth total of 358.

He was included in the playing XI after Dhoni was rested for the two matches.

Pundits and cricketers raised questions over dropping of Dhoni in the last two matches of 50-over tournament.

A day after the fourth ODI, former Test captain Bishan Singh Bedi said that everyone was wondering why Dhoni was dropped from the team. He also said that skipper Kohli is rough without experienced wicketkeeper-batsman.

Bedi come down heavily on Pant after his poor work in the fourth ODI. He called 21-year-old cricketer a wild horse.

Legendary right-arm leg break bowler Shane Warne said that India team need Dhoni in the World Cup 2019 and they need his experience.

Another Australian cricketer Michael Clarke warned critics to never underestimate Dhoni. He said that experienced player like Dhoni in the middle order in important for the team.

Two-time World Cup winner Ricky Ponting maintained that India have no better option than Pant to second Dhoni in the World Cup. He said that if Pant plays well in the Indian Premier League, then his poor work would be forgotten.

Ponting is the head coach of Delhi Capitals. The team would play its first match against Mumbai Indians on March 24 at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai.

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