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Rishabh Pant on his place in Indian team: Koi nahi bolta ke, ‘Bhai team mein aaja’

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 September 2019, 15:58 IST
Rishabh Pant

Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant has become a vital part of the national cricket team. Rishabh Pant has established himself as wicket-keeper batsman at international level. The team management is expecting Rishabh Pant to replace MS Dhoni and thinking about the future of Indian cricket team.

“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. 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.

“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. 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 told in the interview with Bombay Times.

Rishabh Pant was part of the Indian squad that played a bilateral series against West Indies recently. Rishabh Pant scored his highest T20I score in the series but after that did not perform much with the bat.

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First published: 8 September 2019, 15:58 IST