BCCI President Sourav Ganguly thinks it is unfair to compare Rishabh Pant to MS Dhoni.© AFP
Since the time MS Dhoni retired from international cricket, the hunt has begun to find his worthy successor in the role of wicketkeeper and batter. Rishabh Pant has emerged as the frontrunner in the role. The Delhi Capitals captain has impressed with his performance for the Indian cricket team. Pant’s great shows include Test Centuries in overseas conditions along with his power-hitting skills. He has also improved his wicketkeeping by leaps and bounds. However, Pant didn’t set the IPL 2022 on fire with his performance, as he scored 340 runs in 14 games at an average of 30.91.
Pant has also failed to impress with his DRS decisions, but BCCI president Sourav Ganguly feels he will improve with time. “Don’t compare Pant to MS Dhoni. Dhoni has so much experience, captained over 500 games in IPL, Tests and ODIs, so it’s not fair to compare Rishabh to Dhoni,” Ganguly said at a promotional event on Tuesday.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fast bowler Umran Malik was one of the finds of the IPL with his raw pace and he has also been included in the Indian squad for the five-T20I series against South Africa. Ganguly is happy with Umran.
“His future is in his hands. If he stays fit and bowls at this pace I am sure he will be there for a long time to come. Many have played well in this IPL. Tilak (Varma) has done well for MI. Rahul (Tripathi ) for Sunrisers, Tewatia for GT,” said Ganguly.
“We’ve seen a lot of emerging fast bowlers like Malik, Mohsin Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan… It’s a place where talent gets known.”
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