India’s new record-holder wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has described Mahendra Singh Dhoni as “the hero of the country” and said the former skipper taught him to be patient and handle pressure situations. Pant, on Monday, equalled the world record of most catches in a Test by a wicketkeeper, snaring 11 in India’s 31-run win in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide. Also Read - IPL 2020: Ravi Shastri Slammed For Calling Wriddhiman Saha 'Best Keeper Gloveman in The World', Fans Ask 'What About MS Dhoni'?
The 21-year-old is now level with Englishman Jack Russell (vs South Africa at Johannesburg in 1995) and South Africa’s AB de Villiers (vs Pakistan at Johannesburg in 2013). Also Read - BCCI Pays Tribute to MS Dhoni After Announcing India's Team to Tour Australia
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“He’s (Dhoni) the hero of the country,” Pant, who took six catches in Australia’s first innings to equal Dhoni on that mark, told cricket.com.au.
“I’ve learnt a lot from him as a person and as a cricketer as well. Whenever he’s around, I feel more confident as a person. If I’ve got any problems I can share it with him and get a solution right away.
“As a wicketkeeper and a player (he’s taught me) to be patient in pressure situations like this (in Adelaide). You have to keep calm and keep composed and try to give 100 per cent.” Talking about the record, Pant said: “I never thought of the record but it’s good to take some catches and put it inside my kitty. It’s good to have milestones, but I’m not thinking about that too much.”