IPL news: Shane Watson says Rishabh Pant is cool like MS Dhoni

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Former Australia allrounder and multiple IPL-winner Shane Watson has shared his thoughts on comparing Rishabh Pant to MS Dhoni.

While the two wicketkeepers go about their cricket in markedly different ways, Watson feels they have a similar attitude.

Watson worked with MS Dhoni for a number of years at the Chennai Super Kings as a player and now as a coach is working closely with Delhi Capitals captain Pant.

Dhoni became known as Captain Cool due to his unflappable nature out in the middle, and Watson says Pant has the same quality.

The Australian doesn’t feel that it is fair to compare players but says that it is something you have to expect.

“It is one of the things people, in general, want to compare apples with apples.

“Every individual is different.

“Every individual has got their own skill set and abilities.

“Rishabh and Dhoni are very different cricketers and they are different people.

“They both have got incredible skills.

“Rishabh is a leader. He is very cool, calm, and collected. He is just like Dhoni in these qualities,” Watson told the Times of India.

“The skill that Rishabh Pant has – such a young man, at 24-years-old to do what he’s been able to do in the infancy of his cricketing career, it seems he has been around for a long time.”

Watson has backed Pant to prove his doubters wrong and claims he will learn a lot from Ricky Ponting.

“All I can see in Rishabh is that he can only continue to get better.

“He can continue to learn from his experiences.

“For him to get an opportunity to be a leader and learn from Ricky (Ponting).

“Ricky was one of the best captains I played with.

“His ability to lead a team, and how to get the best out of people around him was awesome,” Watson said.

“Rishabh has certainly got the best person around him who can help to get the best out of him as a leader.

“So, in the end, what Rishabh can do is to be the best version of himself and let the public and media continue to compare him to the great MS Dhoni at their own peril.

“But all that matters for Rishabh and Delhi Capitals is that he brings the best version of himself as a player and leader.”