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Thu, 1 Apr 2021

Parthiv Patel lauds Pant and advises him to not worry about being compared to M.S Dhoni ahead of IPL 2021

Former India wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel picked Rishabh Pant as the X-factor for the Delhi Capitals side and said he is a brilliant player who can be better than former skipper MS Dhoni.

Pant had a great last year in the IPL which saw him earn a spot in the Indian team. Pant has not looked back since. He made the most of his opportunities, be it Test cricket, ODIs, or T20Is. He was also named as the captain of the Capitals' squad for this season.

Speaking on Star Sports' show Game Plan, Parthiv Patel said, "I think Rishabh Pant carries a lot of confidence with him and that's what you want when you are playing a T20 game. You don't want any doubts in your mind and especially a player like Rishabh Pant. He was burdened with the comparison of MS Dhoni and he also tried to do that, but he himself is a brilliant player. He doesn't have to worry about being like MS Dhoni. He can be better than MS Dhoni or he can win matches on his own every given time. So, I think Rishabh Pant will probably hold the key for Delhi Capitals."

Pant, on Tuesday, was named Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman will lead the Delhi outfit in place of injured Shreyas Iyer. Pant has been in sublime form lately. He played a key role in helping India win the Test series in Australia and at home against England. After his appointment as the captain of the Delhi Capitals, Pant had said he feel humbled to lead the side and he is keen to give his best in the upcoming IPL edition.

"Delhi is where I grew up, and where my IPL journey began six years ago. To lead this team one day is a dream I've always harboured. And today, as that dream comes true, I feel humbled," said Pant.

"I am truly grateful, especially to our team owners, who considered me capable enough for this role. With an amazing coaching staff, and a plethora of accomplished seniors around me, I can't wait to give my absolute best for Delhi Capitals."

Delhi Capitals will open their campaign against three-time champions Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on April 10.

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