Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has come out in support of the under-fire Rishabh Pant, saying that the Indian fans must go easy on the young glovesman and shouldn’t compare him with the legendary MS Dhoni.
Ever since Pant replaced Dhoni in the limited-overs circuit, he is facing the wrath of the fans – be it for his batting, wicket-keeping skills or his suggestion to captain while going for DRS calls.
After India’s seven-wicket loss in the first T20I against Bangladesh in Delhi on Sunday (November 3), Pant was criticized by many for his indecisiveness when it comes to reviews.
"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 promotion event by Tourism Western Australia.
"Rishabh looks like a very talented young player. Just don't put too much pressure on him too early and expect that he's going to produce Dhoni-like performances every day," he added.
Gilchrist, 47, also offered an important advice for the 21-year-old Rishabh.
"My advice to Rishabh Pant will be: learn everything you can from Dhoni. Don't try to be Dhoni. Just try to be the best Rishabh Pant you can."
(With IANS inputs)