There’s no season for talking about cricket in India. Any day and any time is the season here. Yes, from team selection to World Cup, cricket is always a happening thing for the Indians. Well, with the 2019 World Cup scheduled to be held in England, the talk and preparation for it have been doing the rounds. Talking about the World Cup, former Indian captain Virender Sehwag has recently made some remarks on certain players for the upcoming event.
Sehwag has stated that he would like MS Dhoni to continue till the 2019 World Cup. He also said that Rishabh Pant would be the most appropriate replacement for Dhoni, whenever he retires.
Considering MS Dhoni’s experience of more than 300 ODIs, Virender Sehwag was quoted as saying by India TV:
“In my personal opinion, MS Dhoni should continue till the 2019 World Cup. Even if you play Pant in ODIs from now, he won’t be able to play more than 15-16 ODIs till the World Cup which is far less compared to Dhoni, who has played over 300 ODIs. I would want Dhoni to continue till the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, the former batsman has noticed similarities in both Pant’s and Dhoni’s approach. He has backed Rishabh Pant to succeed Dhoni when the latter decides to call it a day. In his own words:
“Pant is someone who can hit sixes at his will, but when you talk about Dhoni, he has won matches single-handedly for the country. So Pant has the right kind of temperament to be a perfect heir for him. I want Dhoni to hand the baton to Pant when he hangs his boots.”
Needless to mention, Pant has been turning heads in India’s domestic circuit. Recently, he got a chance in the Indian Test squad in the series against England. His performance was appreciated by many experts and former cricketers. Well, who do you vouch for, MS Dhoni or Rishabh Pant, to be India’s wicket-keeper for the 2019 World Cup?