IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils’ young opening batsman Sam Billings was all praise for his teammate Rishabh Pant during an interview. Billings, who is a very exciting top order batsman to watch, is having a good time in his debut Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Delhi Daredevils is a very young team and their pool of young batsmen is among the best in the tournament. From Sanju Samson to Rishabh Pant, Daredevils have invested a lot of their money and trust on young Indian batters who have done well at the domestic level.
When asked about Rishabh Pant, Sam Billings said that Pant is the guy who will replace MS Dhoni, whenever Dhoni decides to hang his boots. Billings said that Pant’s style of keeping, specially when he stands up to the stumps, is very similar to Dhoni.
“He [Pant] is phenomenal, both as a batsman and a keeper, just looking at the way he has done in these first few games. He was standing up to the stumps, almost Dhoni-esque,” said Sam Billings.
“There is no doubt in my mind that once MS Dhoni hangs his boots, Pant is the guy (to replace him). Big words I know, but you just see him and it is there,” Billings added.
Pant was in sparkling form for Delhi in the domestic season 2016/17 and he also earned his international cap during the T20I series against England earlier this year. In the ongoing IPL 2017, Pant has played a couple of good knocks for Delhi. Pant earned a lot of praise and respect when he came back to join the Delhi Daredevils’ squad just two days after his father’s death.
Many Indian cricket fans also believe that Pant is the right man to replace MS Dhoni in limited-overs cricket. Now, it will be interesting to see how Pant lives up to the expectations of his teammates and fans in the remainder of IPL 2017. We wish him all the best!