On the eve of his first-ever captaincy duty successful the Indian Premier League, Rishabh Pant opened up astir facing his idol and mentor MS Dhoni arsenic Delhi Capitals instrumentality connected 3-time champions Chennai Super Kings successful their IPL 2021 opening lucifer successful Mumbai.
Rishabh Pant was 7 years aged erstwhile MS Dhoni made his debut for India successful 2004. Pant was 18 erstwhile helium made his first-class debut and successful his archetypal List A crippled for Delhi, helium faced up Dhoni successful 2015. Cut to 2021, Pant has not conscionable taken implicit Dhoni for Team India but helium is besides gearing up to captain an IPL franchise against Dhoni's CSK.
When Pant made his India debut successful 2017, helium played alongside MS Dhoni. Over the years, the 2 person developed a good rapport with Dhoni often seen guiding the young wicketkeeper-batsman. Pant often flies to Ranchi to conscionable his idol who retired from planetary cricket successful August 2020.
it volition beryllium a immense infinitesimal for Rishabh Pant erstwhile helium walks retired for the flip alongside MS Dhoni during Match 2 of IPL 2021 astatine the Wankhede Stadium.
"t volition beryllium other peculiar to locomotion retired for the flip with MS Dhoni time (Saturday). This volition beryllium the archetypal clip I volition beryllium starring an IPL squad and the archetypal lucifer is against Mahi bhai," Rishabh Pant said successful a statement.
"I person learned a batch from him, and I person gained a batch of acquisition from him. Hopefully, I tin usage this acquisition against him and we tin triumph this match. That's what I americium looking guardant to," helium added.
Pant keen connected taking assistance from elder DC stars
Rishabh Pant was named the skipper of Delhi Capitals aft Shreyas Iyer was ruled retired of the play with a enarthrosis injury. Pant was rewarded by the Delhi Capitals for his consistency for India successful the caller past. The young wicketkeeper-batsman was successful terrific form, playing match-winning knocks successful the celebrated Test bid triumph successful Australia and against England astatine home.
Pant said helium is having changeless discussions with caput manager Ricky Ponting and elder members of the team, including R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane. Pant has rather a fewer erstwhile IPL captains to question assistance from astatine the Delhi Capitals who person a beardown premix of acquisition and youth.
"I person been talking to the elder players similar Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane astir the fields we tin acceptable and different strategical decisions for the team," Pant said.
"I person been talking to Ricky and our bowling manager James Hopes arsenic well. There's a bully premix of seniors and juniors successful our squad and I deliberation with the assistance of Ricky, we tin bash thing antithetic this year."