Don't try to be Dhoni, be the best Rishabh: Adam Gilchrist advises Pant
NEW DELHI: former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist believe Rishabh pants - who has been in the line of fire since the ICC World Cup - should not try to be the next MS Dhoni and, instead, should work to improve his own game and be the best version of himself.
Since Pant replaced Dhoni in the limited-limit circuit, many have criticized him, either for his batting skills, gate keeping, or for his role in revisions. In the recent T20I in the national capital, the 21-year-old received many criticisms after India lost its first game against Bangladesh.
However, Gilchrist believe the Indian fans should avoid comparing Pant with Dhoni. "I'm not big on comparisons, like I have said before. I think Indians fans shouldn't be trying to compare him to Dhoni. Dhoni has set such a high benchmark. One day someone might match it but it is probably unlikely," Gilchrist said on the sidelines of a promotional event by Tourism Western Australia.
Rishabh seems like a very talented young player. Just don't push it too soon and expect it to produce performances like Dhoni every day, he added.
The 47-year-old further said: "My advice to Rishabh pants will be: learn everything you can from Dhoni. Don't try to be Dhoni. Just try to be the best Rishabh pants you can."
Speaking about the challenges facing Test cricket at this time, the former Australian wicketkeeper acknowledged that the longer format has strong passive tracking.
Today's cricket will always have challenges because in an accelerated world, five days of cricket testing doesn't seem like a natural fit. It survives thanks to the innovations of T20 and cricket from a previous day. There is room for that, he said.
Hopefully, players' intention to play test cricket remains the same for a long time.
Gilchrist clung even more to the idea of the Day-Night Test and the World Test Championship and hoped that the efforts made by the ICC to revive the red-ball cricket would bear fruit.
I think why the ICC has come out with the test championship to add meaning to each and every one of the tests ... It will be very interesting to see if fans and players find it relevant during the cycle, Gilchrist said.
I'm not sure there are more fans attending the test matches. I think the days of consistent cricket test crowds are probably gone. The big carp series like India-Australia and the ashes will still attract a decent crowd. There is still a lot of strong passive tracking of the Cricket Test. But, according to him, efforts must be made to keep the Cricket Test attractive to both fans and players. Therefore, we have to wait and see if the Test Championship and the day and night tests are good and really here to stay, he added.
India will be playing their first-ever Day-Night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata from November 22-26 at the Eden Gardens & the former Australian wicketkeeper believe that the pink-ball affair will be successful in attracting a great response from the spectators.
I also expected that Cricket australia & Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) acuerdan organizar una prueba de día & noche cuando India viaje a Down Under poco después de la Copa Mundial T20 del próximo año.
Espero que haya una prueba de día & noche cuando India visite Australia para la gira la próxima vez. Al principio estaba un poco reacio con Test de cricket. Pero ahora puedo ver que los resultados positivos de la prueba de día & noche ayudarán a Test de cricket, Gilchrist dijo.
There will be problems, particularly in India with dew. It will take a little time to determine which places will host the Day-Night Test, he added.