That's the Mahi way! Rishabh Pant talks about mentor MS Dhoni

Updated: May 03, 2020, 12:14 IST | PTI | New Delhi

Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant reveals MS Dhoni never offers complete solutions to problems youngsters face, but provides hints to help them solve issues independently

Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (left) chats with MS Dhoni during a training session at Guwahati in 2018. Pic/AFP
Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant (left) chats with MS Dhoni during a training session at Guwahati in 2018. Pic/AFP

Calling MS Dhoni his mentor, wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant said the World Cup-winning skipper has his own way of helping the younger crop as he never provides a full solution to a problem, encouraging them to look for answers. Pant, was heir apparent to Dhoni until KL Rahul emerged as a wicketkeeper-batsman in the limited overs format, making the southpaw no more a certainty in the playing XI.

Mentor MSD

"He [Dhoni] has been like a mentor to me, on and off the field. I can approach him freely with any problem I may be facing, and he will never give me the entire solution for it," Pant said in an Instagram live session with his IPL team Delhi Capitals. "This is so that I don't become entirely dependent on him, he gives me hints only that helps me solve the issue myself. He's also one of my favourite batting partners, though we don't bat together often.

Perfect planning

"If Mahi bhai is at the crease, you know things are sorted. He's got a plan in his head, and all you need to do is follow it!" Dhoni, who has not played competitive cricket since July, was supposed to make a much awaited comeback with the IPL, which has now been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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