20-year-old star Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant, is unaffected by the remarks given by chief selector, MSK Prasad, on the next set of wicket-keepers to replace the great MS Dhoni in the future.
Rishabh Pant has conceded that those comments did not worry him, and his focus will be on scoring runs for his team, because that is the most important part according to Pant.
The 20-year-old has had a poor Ranji Trophy season with Delhi in 2017-18. His form has suffered a downfall, but he has had a good strike-rate this season.
Leading Delhi in the Ranji Trophy season final, Pant was dismissed for 21 in the 1st innings, after he was caught off Rajneesh Gurbani’s bowling. Critics have criticized Pant for not being sensible while batting.
“I should not worry about all this. I don’t think about all this at all. My job is to perform, score as many runs as possible,” Pant was quoted on TOI at the close of 1st day’s play against Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy finals.
With the added pressure of captaining the side in the absence of Ishant Sharma, Pant’s form has gone further downhill, with reports suggesting the 20-year-old has not being taking well to captaincy.
Chief selector MSK Prasad, earlier this week, revealed that MS Dhoni was still the best wicket-keeping choice in the country for limited overs, regardless of the Pant and Samson performing fairly well.
“There is no comparison and I don’t see any wicket-keeper, who can even come close to him (Dhoni) in world cricket, leave alone Indian Cricket,” Prasad revealed, which means that other wicketkeepers in India like Pant and Samson are not in the picture until the 2019 ODI World Cup.
Delhi finished the opening day of the Ranji Trophy finals at 271 for the loss of 6 wickets, with Dhruv Shorey unbeaten at 123 with tail-ender Vikas Mishra at the crease. It would be a toiling task for Vidarbha to dismiss the centurion, going into the second day of the finals.