“His practice, his work ethic is very similar to Dhoni’s”: Shastri on an Indian boy | locust
After recording a dominating victory over the five-time Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians last week, the Delhi Capitals will return to action later tonight when the team take on the Gujarat Titans in Pune. The Rishabh Pant-led side had secured a four-wicket victory with 10 balls to spare as they chased a 178-run target against MI. Still, to win an IPL title in their 15-year history, the Capitals will be one of the main contenders for the coveted trophy this year as they look to end the title drought.
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At the center of their campaign is captain Pant, who has been immense for the team over the past few seasons. The left-handed wicket-striker currently bats at 4 for the franchise and has produced stellar performances for DC since joining the franchise in 2016. Over the past two seasons, however, Pant’s strike rate has significantly downgraded in DC colors but former India head coach Ravi Shastri, who has worked closely with Pant, believes there is no cause for concern.
“Rishabh is not a kind of player who will be under pressure. He will always play his natural game. The way Rishabh plays, being consistent is not easy because he will take risks. He deals with the strike rate because he comes up to bat at No. 4, where you have to take the score. So it’s a high-risk play there. If he plays, he can cover up his strike rate problem in one inning.” , Shastri said on ESPNCricinfo.
Shastri also noted similarities between Rishabh Pant and former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, adding that Pant is more laid back as a skipper than it appears.
“I liked him tactically as a captain. He used Kuldeep brilliantly and also made good changes in the bowling. He is a smart cricketer and yes he will learn a lot more,” Shastri said.
“What I like the most about him is that his stick and his captaincy are not the same. As a captain he is much calmer. His idol is MS Dhoni so he tries a lot of things like him. Even if you watch him before the game, his practice and work ethic is very much like Dhoni. So he’s very calm and very calm.
Besides, the former India head coach also advised the 23-year-old batter to ‘push himself’ in the DC batting order if the team is not looking for a wicket in Powerplay overs. “In Powerplay if there are no wickets Rishabh should push himself, there is no harm in playing 3,” Shastri said.