Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

After a long injury lay-off, aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has made a comeback to cricket in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Pant is currently leading the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the mega event.

Pant opened up on how former India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni’s advice helped him to get his game better ahead of the upcoming IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

“Mahi bhai always says one thing that focus on controllables. So it is the same that you are doing your thought process on your cricket, the work you are doing, the practice you are doing,” said Pant during a recent interaction.

“You are implementing in the match. Focus on that rather than if someone is criticizing you from outside. Thought process, I think you think this is high risk, high reward. I think I am playing normally. I am not taking any risky shots. According to me, I calculate everything. Whatever knowledge I have according to the game. That this can happen in this position, this can’t happen,” the DC captain further said.

“It is important to play well. There will be criticism but don’t focus on what people are saying. I am giving my 100% on the field. That is important for me. And I don’t lie about it. So I am fine with it,” he added.

Notably, Dhoni is arguably the best captain India have ever produced as the team won all the ICC titles under his captaincy. He is one of the best captains in IPL as well. Under his guidance and leadership, CSK have won five IPL titles so far.