India vs West Indies: Rishabh Pant gets his maiden ODI cap from idol MS Dhoni

first_imgDashing wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has become India’s one day international player No.224.Pant, thanks to his exploits in Test cricket, made his ODI debut in the first match of the series between India and West Indies in Guwahati on Sunday.Pant, who is seen as a successor to Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Indian team across formats, received his maiden ODI cap from none other than the former skipper himself.India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Live updates | ScorecardPant, a specialist wicketkeeper, won’t be keeping wickets as Dhoni will continue to don the gloves for the team.Pant has replaced Dinesh Karthik in the middle-order from the team which played in the 2018 Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Karthik was axed from the team after a string of low scores in the tournament which India won for a record seventh time last month.Also read – MS Dhoni’s advice has helped me a lot, says Pant after maiden Test call-upPant had earlier this year revealed how Dhoni helped him become a better cricketer.”With Mahi bhai, I used to ask him everything from my IPL contract to my wicket-keeping. He’s advised me on everything.”He’s always told me that when it comes to wicket-keeping, your hands and head is important, the body balance can come into play later, but the key is the hands and head coordination. I worked on what he told me and it has helped me a lot,” Pant was quoted as saying after he earned his maiden Test call-up to play in England.advertisementThe swashbuckling left-handed batsman Pant has been in terrific form this year in Test cricket which is why he has been rewarded with a place in the one-day side now.Pant has scored 346 runs in 5 Tests since making his debut this year with a hundred against England at The Oval and two scores of 92 against the Windies earlier this month.He had made his T20 international debut last year against England and has scored 73 runs in 4 matches so far with a highest score of 38.last_img

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