Rishabh Pant calls MS Dhoni a ‘hero of the country’
Young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has credited his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his recent success, labelling him as a, “hero of the country,”
On Monday, Pant matched the world record of most catches in a match by a wicket-keeper as he took 11 catches in India’s thrilling 31-run win in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide. Pant now is the joint record-holder alongside Jack Russell (England) and AB De Villiers (South Africa). He surpassed fellow Indian stumper Wriddhiman Saha, who had taken 10 wickets.
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“He’s (Dhoni) the hero of the country,” he said, as quoted by cricket,” he said, as quoted by cricket.com.au.
“I’ve learnt a lot from him as a person and as a cricketer as well. Whenever he’s around, I feel more confident as a person. If I’ve got any problems I can share it with him and get a solution right away.
“As a wicketkeeper and a player (he’s taught me) to be patient in pressure situations like this (in Adelaide). You have to keep calm and keep composed and try to give 100 per cent,” he added.
While speaking on the record he achieved, “I never thought of the record but it’s good to take some catches and put it inside my kitty. It’s good to have milestones, but I’m not thinking about that too much.”
India take on Australia in the second Test match in Perth, which begins on December 14.
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