Last year, when the Indian selectors dropped MS Dhoni from the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Australia, there was a lot of hue and cry over the decision. While many slammed the selectors for axing Dhoni, others targeted Rishabh Pant who was preferred over the former Indian captain.
After much speculation, it was Dhoni who finally revealed that he dropped himself in a bid to give young Pant some game-time before labelling him as his worthy successor. It was the first time when Dhoni's admiration towards Pant came to the fore. But, for Pant, Dhoni has always been an idol whose exploits on the field inspired him to become a wicketkeeper-batsman.
While Pant is still learning the tools of the trade from Dhoni, the Delhi youngster seems to have now turned the guns against his own idol. The left-hander was recently seen taunting Dhoni before concluding that he intends to make the Jharkhand cricketer lose his cool. What's wrong with Pant? Why would he do that? Before all these questions drive you nuts, allow us to clear the air.
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Pant's comments were part of a promotional video for the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sporting the new Delhi Capitals jersey, Pant was seen sitting in the middle of the pitch where chants of Dhoni was reverberating in the background. The young cricketer, then, opens a fan-book containing Dhoni's picture and calls the former Indian captain his "guru".
In a thought-provoking baritone, Pant even went on to say that if it wasn't for Dhoni, he may not have become a wicketkeeper-batsman. But, just when you thought Pant was paying a tribute to his mentor, the video takes a complete turn as the 21-year-old, then, fires a straight warning to Dhoni. The young gun claimed that he will rain on Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) parade so effectively in the upcoming season of the IPL that Dhoni will lose his cool.
Pant subsequently asked "Mahi Bhai" to get ready as he will be coming to show his batting prowess in the IPL. While the video ended with Dhoni watching Pant's warning on his phone, there is probably a reply from the CSK skipper lurking around the corner.
The twelfth edition of the IPL will kickstart with the pulsating clash between defending champions CSK and Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on 23rd March. On the other hand, Delhi Capitals will be seen opening their campaign against Mumbai Indians on 24th March.