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India vs West Indies: MS Dhoni gives pep talk to Rishabh Pant, plays perfect mentor to young wicket-keeper batsman

MS Dhoni provided a pep talk to young sensation Rishabh Pant before the first ODI against West Indies at Port-of-Spain. Pant is widely regarded as the perfect replacement to India's world cup winning captain.


By   |  Updated On : June 24, 2017 09:05 AM
MS Dhoni and Pant

MS Dhoni and Pant

New Delhi :  

Young guns such as Rishabh Pant are highly inspired by India’s maverick former captain and iconic wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni. Delhi Daredevils batsman Pant, who experts hail as the next superstar of Indian cricket, was provided a pep talk by the World cup winning captain ahead of the India-West Indies first ODI in Port of Spain.

The first ODI was washed out after notorious weather played spoilsport. India, however, had a good start as they scored 199 runs in 39 overs for the loss of 3 wickets.

Pant, 19, is being groomed as Dhoni’s replacement since his pinch hitting capabilities created waves in the domestic circuit. In the last edition of the Ranji Trophy, Pant rewrote history books by slamming the fastest ton in the competition history (48 balls).

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Further, he had a more than decent outing in the 10th edition of the IPL for the Delhi Daredevils (366 runs in 14 matches).

He has played one T20I for India, against England in February in Bengaluru.With the 2019 World Cup in mind, it is imperative for the Indian management to blood in young talent whenever possible.

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However, with Pant has displayed capabilities of being the perfect heir to Dhoni with his hard-hitting capabilities and good wicket-keeping technique.India will play four more ODIs and a lone T20I match in the West Indies.

First Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 08:55 AM


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