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Rishabh Pant vs MS DHONI, Has India made their choice?

Rishabh Pant was trusted with the gloves after MS Dhoni excused himself from the West Indies series and took the time to join Paramilitary force. Will Pant be able to replace MS Dhoni for good?

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BCCI had some tough decisions to make post World Cup exit. The team came in under a lot of criticism after a rather satisfactory performance at the mega event. Fans and critics bashed many players for not rising to the occasion and one of which was MS Dhoni.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a legend when It comes to his achievements in cricket. There isn’t a trophy or title he hasn’t had his hands upon. He is the only captain to lift all ICC world title trophies including ODI world cup, T20 world cup, Asia Cup, Champions Trophy and others. However, with the passing time, he hasn’t been at the top of his game for a while.

Many argue that he is off shadowed by the heavy Indian top order who seldom disappoints and score bulk of the runs for the team and more often than not the lower order is not exposed at all. MS Dhoni batted on Number 7 position in the ICC World Cup that decision itself came under a lot of fire after India’s exit from the CWC19 event.

Rishabh Pant was trusted with the gloves after MS Dhoni excused himself from the West Indies series and took the time to join Paramilitary force of India and perform training and guarding duties with the military. There were many sounds of inducting the fresh blood into the side and get rid of the old schools’ right after the world cup. Many anticipated retirements from the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, however, there was no such commitment made on Dhoni’s part.

BCCI also hinted upon entrusting the future of the team with young players and Rishabh Pant is the top candidate. Pant impressed with the bat and his shots in the world cup and there is absolutely no doubt on his abilities but will he be good enough player to replace a player like MS Dhoni? Virat Kohli thinks so. Here is what Virat had to say on the matter.

“His (MS Dhoni’s) experience has always been a crucial factor for us. Having said that, as I said, it’s a great opportunity for someone like Rishabh Pant to really to play a lot of international cricket. You know, show his credentials really, unleash his potential at this stage.”

Virat further praised the youngster and encouraged PANT as he believes the future lies in the hands of young players in the Indian team.

“We know how much ability he (Rishabh Pant) has and we all want him to become a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team.”

Rishabh Pant failed in the first ODI he played against India on a tough pitch he was out of “DUCK”! this wasn’t the start R Pant was looking for in the series however he has several matches ahead of him to prove his metal. For MS Dhoni fans the situation is still cloudy as the space for Dhoni is narrowing down in his absence from the cricket.

Also Read: MS Dhoni Out of Indian Team

RISHABH PANT STATS AND FIGURES:

Rishabh Pant

Age : 22 years 24 days

Role : Wicketkeeper

Height : N/A

Batting Style : Left Hand

Bowling Style : Does Not Bowl

Team Played For : N/A

Batting Stats

Twenty20
Ings
R
28
25
411
ODI
Ings
R
16
14
374
Test
Ings
R
11
18
754

MS DHONI STATS AND FIGURES:

Mahendra Dhoni

Mahendra Dhoni

Inspirational captain, talented batsman and skilled wicketkeeper. There have been no shortage of accolades for MS Dhoni since he made his international debut in 2004. Dhoni announced himself in only his fifth one-day international appearance in 2005 when he blasted his way to 148 off 123 balls and his ODI high-score of 183 not out came later the same year. He was arguably India’s most successful captain with a record that includes leading his side to victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, taking India to the top of the Test rankings for 18 months from December 2009 and winning the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007. Dhoni made 64 ODI fiftes to go along with his 10 centuries and an average of above 51. While his Test career wasn't as prolific as his one-day career, it is still extremely prosperous. He made six centuries and 33 fifties with a high-score of 224.

He worked as a railway ticket collector before rising to stardom.

Test Debut date : 02/12/2005

ODI Debut date : 23/12/2004

T20 Debut date : 01/12/2006

Age : 38 years 21 days

Role : Wicketkeeper

Height : N/A

Batting Style : Right Hand

Bowling Style : Right Arm Medium

Team Played For : N/A

Batting Stats

Twenty20
Ings
R
98
85
1617
ODI
Ings
R
350
297
10773
Test
Ings
R
90
144
4876

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