England opening batsman Sam Billings has expended praise on his Delhi Daredevils [DD] teammate Risabh Pant. In an interview with Streamer, the 25-year old called the Indian left-hander as the best young player he has ever seen and went on to anoint him as Mahendra Singh Dhoni successor in the Indian team.
While speaking about DD’s squad, Billings felt, “And then there is Rishabh Pant, who without doubt is the best young player I have ever seen. He is phenomenal, both as a batsman and a keeper, just looking at the way he has done in these first few games. He was standing up to the stumps, almost Dhoni-esque. There is no doubt in my mind that once MS Dhoni hangs his boots, Pant is the guy (to replace him). Big words I know, but you just see him and it is there.”
“The first time I saw him at training was last year, in a squad game. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Chris Morris were bowling, and he was hitting them to the top tier of the (Feroz Shah) Kotla. And I remember thinking, ‘Jesus, this guy is (just) 19’?”