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Rishabh Pant combination of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina: Sachin Tendulkar

Teenager Rishabh Pant, who scored as explosive 97 in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, has been hailed as a combination of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina by maestro Sachin Tendulkar

ipl 2017 Updated: May 21, 2017 20:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
IPL 2017,Rishabh Pant,Sachin Tendulkar
Rishabh Pant, who scored 366 runs for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, has been lauded by Sachin Tendulkar.(PTI)

Rishabh Pant’s explosive show in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 justified the youngster’s billing as Indian cricket next big thing. His 43-ball 97 against Gujarat Lions was the highlight of his stellar show for Delhi Daredevils, with even the great Sachin Tendulkar lauding his effort. (IPL 2017 FINAL: RPS vs MI MATCH BLOG)

Ahead of the IPL 2017 final between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday, Tendulkar further eulogised the 19-year-old Pant. He termed the left-hander as a combination of two of India’s most talented limited overs players - Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. (IPL 2017 FINAL: RPS vs MI MATCH SCORECARD)

“He is a special talent. To me, he looks like a combination of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina - the set up and the bat swing. (He is) wonderful to watch,” Tendulkar said.

Similar situation

The Master Blaster, who is also a mentor for Mumbai Indians, saluted Pant’s courage to come back to the cricket field after suffering a personal tragedy, following his father’s death. Tendulkar compared Pant’s situation with what he faced during the 1999 World Cup.

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“Yes, it’s never easy to have a tragedy in your family and then turn up and focus on the game (on Rishabh’s bereavement on the eve of IPL). I can understand what he must have gone through, because the same happened with me in the 1999 World Cup. It takes time to overcome and is a loss that’s irreparable. Full marks to Rishabh and his family; in these times, you need your family’s support,” he said.

Pant scored two half-centuries for Delhi Daredevils en route to scoring 366 runs in 14 matches.

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Tripathi reminds Tendulkar of Viru

Tendulkar also named Nitish Rana, Basil Thampi, Mohammed Siraj and Rahul Tripathi as the finds of the 2017 IPL.

“Nitish Rana from our team has done really well. Batted brilliantly in the first half of the tournament. Have been watching Thampi and Siraj. Bumrah has been around for a while and performing consistently well. Tripathi has a beautiful bat swing and a cover drive of his the other day reminded me of Viru!,” Tendulkar said.

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RPS’ Tripathi scored 388 runs in 14 matches while Nitish Rana scored 264 runs in 13 games. Pacers Basil Thampi and Mohammed Siraj also impressed for Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.

“IPL has players from all over the world participating and our youngsters have an opportunity to rub shoulders with them for good 40-50 days. It’s not just about pre-match preparations; it’s also about post match recovery. For example, Jacques Kallis spent a lot of time in KKR, so you get to understand the South African culture,” Tendulkar said.

First Published: May 21, 2017 20:15 IST