Rishabh Pant receives backing from Virat Kohli; MS Dhoni’s advice “sticks”


Modified Jan 11, 2022 3:38 PM IST

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Virat Kohli has rewound to the advice given to him by former India captain MS Dhoni during the discussion surrounding Rishabh Pant’s reckless batting style instead of putting a price tag on his wicket. Pant, 24, was controversially dismissed during the second Test against South Africa at the Wanderers. He has scored 1608 runs at 37.39 on the longest format, including three centuries, earning him the title of Dhoni’s successor. However, the left-handed batsman has only managed to score 250 runs in his last seven Test matches. It wasn’t an impressive tour for him as well. Including the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, Pant scored 191 runs in five Tests.

”Therefore, that thing stuck in my head that I wouldn’t do the same mistake again and again and that only happens when you reflect upon your mistakes, which I know Rishabh does, and he will certainly keep improving. In addition to standing up for the team, Kohli will perform well in important situations and keep learning from his mistakes,” kohli added.
Kohli also remembered Dhoni’s advice, which said the maximum time between two mistakes should be seven to eight months to prolong a player’s international career. I have quoted MS Dhoni many times saying that you should wait at least 7-8 months between mistakes before you have a shot at a big career in international cricket.”

A 1-1 series stands at the end of the third and final Test between India and South Africa. This will be India’s first-ever Test series win in South Africa.