‘Unfair to compare Pant with MS’

Rishabh Pant.

Rishabh Pant.  


‘If Dhoni wants to play, you got to respect that,’ says Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh wants M.S. Dhoni to have the privilege of deciding when to announce his retirement from cricket.

“He needs to decide when he wants to go out,” said Yuvraj. “If he wants to play, you got to respect that. He has been the most successful Indian captain, so you got to give him time. His replacement is going to take lot of time.”

On Rishabh Pant, the replacement for Dhoni, Yuvraj did not appreciate the comparison. “I think it’s a bit unfair to compare (Pant) with MS. It took a lot of years to become MS. It will take years to become Rishabh Pant. He is the most-talented wicketkeeper-batsman we have.”

Get the best out of him

He stood up for Pant. “I really don’t know what is happening. Why so much criticism,” he wanted to know. “Obviously need to get the best out of him. You need to understand his character, psychology and work accordingly; if you are going to suppress it, then you can’t get the best out of him.”

Yuvraj added, “Need to understand and encourage him. The problem in our country is, the moment a guy is not doing well everybody starts criticising him. I would rather be very keen to talk and understand as to what he is saying rather than attacking him.”

Citing his own example, Yuvraj said, “Unfortunately, there was no one to tell me. Today young guys are getting a lot of money and they need to be told how to go about their lives. The guy (Pant) has a lot of potential.”

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