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IPL 2017: Rishabh Pant heaps praises for Rahul Dravid

Pant says, Rahul sir lets you be yourself.

By Nilabh Aole -

The young Delhi batsman Rishabh Pant had recently made his international debut in the shortest format of the game against England in February. At the young age of 19, he has played some exceptional cricket as he scored a triple hundred against in first-class cricket and also had an impressive debut season of the Indian Premier League in 2016. He said that his IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils are looking to win the upcoming season.

During an exclusive telephonic interview with CricketNext, Rishabh said, "I cannot wait to reunite with Dravid sir — at Delhi Daredevils. The best part about him is that he lets you be yourself. He knows that a 19-year-old kid will not act like a 25-year-old and he gives you that freedom. Also, you do realize that as youngsters we try too many things at one go and this is where Dravid sir has helped me mature. I now back my instincts and don’t overthink.”

He further elaborated, "He has known me since the India U-19 days and knows my strengths and weaknesses inside out and guides me accordingly. To be honest, there is no denying the importance of a good coach as he keeps telling you about your game. Rahul sir for me is more than a coach, sort of a mentor, who not only fine-tunes my technique but also helps me develop a positive mindset.”

From past couple of years Delhi Daredevils are having a nightmare seasons of IPL and Pants feels that their fortune will definitely change this year, he said, "I don't know why you are asking me if we are looking to enter the knockout stages this time round. We are in it to win it. We want to return with the trophy and nothing short of that will give us any joy. Coming second has never counted and so no point thinking about qualifying for the knockout stages.”

Pant concluded by talking about the pressure he will have when he takes the field for Daredevils in the 10th edition of India’s biggest money-spinner, he said, "I don't see any pressure because I have played for India. The only pressure there is coming from within because I want to match my own expectations. Also, when you want the team to do well, you go that extra yard. As for my own goals, I will only talk about it once the tournament ends. You have to wait for that.”


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