In safe hands: Adam Gilchrist tells Rishabh Pant not to try and emulate MS Dhoni


Young Rishabh Pant should not try to be the next MS Dhoni and must work on improving his own game instead, believes former Aussie keeper Adam Gilchrist. The hard-hitter is under pressure since the World Cup semi-final and has been criticised by many, for his patience while batting and his wicket-keeping skills. Even after the first T20I against Bangladesh in Delhi, Pant received a lot of jeers after India’s loss.

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Gilchrist, though, reckons that the Indian fans should stop comparing Pant with MS Dhoni.

“I’m not big on comparisons, like I have said before. I think Indians fans shouldn’t be trying to compare him to Dhoni. Dhoni has set such a high benchmark. One day someone might match it but it is probably unlikely,” the Kangaroo legend said.

“Rishabh looks like a very talented young player. Just don’t put too much pressure on him too early and expect that he’s going to produce Dhoni-like performances every day,” he added.

He then suggested Pant, to learn from Dhoni instead, “My advice to Rishabh Pant will be: learn everything you can from Dhoni. Don’t try to be Dhoni. Just try to be the best Rishabh Pant you can.”

India will play their first-ever Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata November 22 onwards, and Gili believes that pink-ball cricket will definitely be a hit in among the spectators. He then called for a similar Day-Night Test against Australia as well, when team India visits down under after the T20 World Cup next year.

“I expect there will be a Day-Night Test when India visits Australia for the tour next time. I was a bit reluctant with Test cricket initially. But now I can see that the positive outcomes of Day-Night Test will help Test cricket,” Gilchrist said.