Pant needs to figure own way of dealing with pressure: Ganguly

Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Indian national cricket team during a practice session ahead of the first T20 match against West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad. Photo: @BCCI/Twitter

As “Dhoni, Dhoni” chants in the stadiums, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant should try to figure out his own mechanism to deal with the extreme pressure that comes with being an Indian cricketer, said BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.

The 22-year-old has found skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma supporting him all the way even when the youngster faced intense scrutiny for his underwhelming performances in white-ball cricket.

Kohli on Thursday (December 5) opined that it was “disrespectful” of the fans to chant Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s name when Pant made mistakes during a recent home series. He felt that the Delhi player cannot be isolated to such an extent that he starts feeling nervous on the field.

“It’s good for him (Pant). He should get used to it. Let him hear it and let him find a way to succeed. He will be under pressure and let him go through it and figure out on his own,” Ganguly said during the ‘India Today Conclave (East)’ here on Friday.

Ganguly also refused to divulge the BCCI’s plans with regards to Dhoni’s much-speculated future. He said it will take 15 years of consistency for Rishabh Pant to be the next Dhoni.

“Everyday, you don’t get MS Dhoni. It will take Pant 15 years to achieve what MS has achieved,” he said.

“The BCCI can’t be thankful enough to MS for what he has done for Indian cricket. We will leave it at that. We are speaking to Virat, the selectors, that’s what it is. We will address (Dhoni future) as and when it comes,” he said.

Dhoni has been on a sabbatical since India’s semifinal exit from the ODI World Cup in July.

(With inputs from agencies)

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