Hailing India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant as ‘talented’, out-of-favour Suresh Raina during an Instagram live session for Chennai Super Kings said he needs guidance to progress to the next level.Also Read - Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah Will be Team India's X-Factor During T20 World Cup 2021: Ajit Agarkar
Raina cited Yuvraj Singh’s example and revealed how the latter helped him during his early days. Also Read - T20 World Cup: Shakib Al Hasan Takes Bangladesh to Super 12 Stage After Win Over Papua New Guinea
“Rishabh Pant is very talented. Someone has to step up and guide him. When I used to play, Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) paa used to tell me you make mistakes and we will guide you. So Rishabh should be backed,” Raina said. Also Read - Virat Kohli Yet to be Dismissed vs Pakistan in World T20s | Check Stats
Dismissing claims that Pant is a fluke player, Raina said if that was the case he would not have got four overseas centuries.
“He has hundreds abroad and he is not a fluke player. Somewhere I think he is not getting confidence..he is missing something,” he further added.
The young wicketkeeper has so far played 13 Tests, 16 ODIs and 38 T20Is for India, amassing 814, 374 and 410 runs in the three formats respectively.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the lockdown due to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, Raina has made a generous contribution to the COVID-19 relief funds. Raina donated Rs 52 lakh for the welfare of the citizens apart from spreading awareness of staying indoors among the citizens.
In India, the number of coronavirus positive cases has gone past the 11,000-mark as PM Narendra Modi has extended the lockdown to May 3.