India wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant has shrugged off the comparisons with the legendary cricketer, MS Dhoni after his heroics in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. Pant feels it is unfair to compare someone with the stature of Dhoni with a young player like him.
Pant has not been consistent enough to fill in the big void left by former India skipper but he silenced all his critics with his stellar performances in the four-match Test series against Tim Paine-led side.
After getting dropped for the pink-ball Test in Adelaide, the 23-year-old batsman made his presence felt in the Boxing Day Test at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Giving a big scare to Australians in the third Test, Pant then smashed 97 runs in the second innings at SCG.
Pant’s unbeaten 89 runs in the fourth Test powered India to record a total of 328 at the Gabba on Day 5.
With the historic 3-wicket win in the series-decider, India also became the first team to beat Australia at the Gabba in the longest format of the game since Sir Vivian Richards’ troops in 1988-89.
Speaking to the reports after reaching New Delhi, Pant said, “It feels amazing when you compare someone like MS Dhoni. It feels good for me to be compared to him. But I don’t want me to be compared with anyone. I want to make a name for myself. It’s not too good to compare a legend with a youngster.”