Shouldn’t be putting Pant under pressure by comparing him to Dhoni: Kapil Dev

first_img Press Trust of India Greater NoidaApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 18:07 IST Kapil Dev has urged cricket fans to avoid comparing Rishabh Pant with MS Dhoni (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNo one can ever replace a player of Dhoni’s stature: Kapil DevI don’t want to be the critic who wants to pull the team (down ahead of 2019 World Cup): Kapil DevI am certain our selection committee has identified the right bunch of players: Kapil Rishabh Pant is a talented cricketer but he shouldn’t be compared with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, feels India’s first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev.Pant, who is now India’s first-choice keeper in Test cricket, is still fighting for a spot in India’s World Cup squad that will be announced later this month.”You can never compare anyone with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. No one can ever replace a player of Dhoni’s stature. Pant is a talented cricketer and we shouldn’t put him under pressure by comparing him with Dhoni. His time will surely come,” the 1983 World Cup-winning captain said on Tuesday.In his inimitable style, Kapil played down the workload management issue of Indian pacers.”We all have workload,” he laughed, adding, “We are making a big issue out of it. What is workload? “Mehnat Karna hi naa? Kya aap mehnat bhi naahi karoge? (You don’t even want to work hard?).”Winning World Cup is not buying sweets from a shop: Kapil DevKapil had a number of all-rounders, including Mohinder Amarnath, Madan Lal, Roger Binny and himself, in that squad.However, both Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar’s bowling has been an issue, but Kapil refused to be critical.”Winning World Cup is not buying sweets from a shop. It’s a mission and at this juncture, I don’t want to be the critic who wants to pull the team. I will not like to harp on weak points and rather focus on our strengths,” said the legendary all-rounder, who has been named brand ambassador of hardware company AIPL ABRO.advertisement”World Cup is a culmination of four years of planning. I am certain our selection committee has identified the right bunch of players. Now it’s up to the players to execute and also they would need a bit of luck in such a big event,” he said.Also Read | Virat Kohli as captain of India and RCB: 7 successive losses since March 8Also Read | Tushar Arothe claims innocence, says would ‘never indulge’ in such actAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kapil DevFollow MS DhoniFollow Rishabh PantFollow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket team Shouldn’t be putting Pant under pressure by comparing him to Dhoni: Kapil DevLegendary all-rounder Kapil Dev played down the much-talked-about issue of workload management ahead of the 2019 World Cup.advertisementlast_img

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