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India vs Australia: Rishabh Pant can’t be compared with MS Dhoni: Shikhar Dhawan

The opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan said that India need to be patient with Rishabh Pant. When asked about the crowd chanting ‘Dhoni Dhoni’ whenever Pant made a mistake, Dhawan expressed Pant cannot be compared with MS Dhoni.

cricket Updated: Mar 11, 2019 14:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India vs Australia,Rishabh Pant,Shikhar Dhawan
Rishabh Pant keeps wickets during the fourth ODI against Australia.(AFP)

Rishabh Pant could have turned the fourth ODI in India’s favour if he carried out a stumping in the 44th over, but he failed at a crucial time. Yuzvendra Chahal bowled a wide down the leg side and Ashton Turner was outside the crease. Pant failed to gather the ball and Turner survived on a score of 38. The Australian went on to play a match-winning innings of 84 runs from 43 balls.

The opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan said that India need to be patient with Rishabh Pant. When asked about the crowd chanting ‘Dhoni Dhoni’ whenever Pant made a mistake, Dhawan expressed Pant cannot be compared with MS Dhoni.

“You can’t compare Mahi bhai with Pant. Dhoni has played so much cricket, while Pant is a young bloke. We need to be patient with him. He is a great talent,” said Dhawan.

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Shikhar Dhawan came back into form with a spectacular inning of 143 against Australia in the fourth ODI at Mohali. The opener has said that bad form does not worry him and he always tries to stay in the positive frame of mind. Dhawan’s century went in vain as India lost to Australia by four wickets on Sunday.

“I do not read newspapers, I do not take any information which I don’t want to take. I make sure I keep my composure, I know I perform best when I stay calm. I really don’t know what people write in newspapers and I make sure I stay in the positive frame of mind,” Dhawan.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Mar 11, 2019 14:02 IST