Rishabh Pant has been the talk of the town since the time of his debut and many cricket pundits started him to MS Dhoni. He was being considered as the successor of MS Dhoni and he has proved that sometimes but not consistently. He received mix comments on his batting and wicketkeeping for a fair bit of time now.
However, let anyone say about him anything but one thing is for sure that he has established himself as the leading wicketkeeper in the Test format after he made debut against England in England. If someone remembers it, his first runs in International Test Match came with a six. From there on he has been just breaking the records at will. The biggest record he broke was he became the only Indian WicketKeeper to score a century outside India and now he has two to his name one in Australia and other in England.
While giving an interview to Bombay Times, Rishabh said that he has to sweat out to get a place in the Indian Cricket team.
“It’s good for a player to get an early break. Besides, I am not getting anything for free. I have worked hard and earned my place in the Indian cricket team. Nobody has gifted that to me,” Pant said.
“Koi nahi bolta ke, ‘Bhai team mein aaja’. Aisa nahi hota hai. If you don’t perform well, you won’t be selected. It’s as simple as that. Everyone has to justify their spot in the team,” he added.
On being constantly compared to Dhoni, the 21-year-old said, “I do think about the comparison with Dhoni sometimes, but it’s too difficult. If I am learning from him, I can’t possibly think that I can be in his league overnight,” Pant remarked.
“I am just trying to learn from him. I consider him my mentor. He has taught me so many things — be it how to work on my batting or mindset before I go to bat, and most importantly, keeping calm in pressure situations. At 21, if I start thinking that I have to fill Dhoni’s shoes, it will get very difficult for me. I just try to keep it simple. I want to play the game to the best of my ability and learn from everyone around me, especially my seniors,” he further elaborated.
Interview Source: Bombay Times