Veteran India star Suresh Raina, who has been coaching alongside a few of his Indian teammates in Ghaziabad, praised younger wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. Pant, who was pegged to be MS Dhoni’s future substitute, noticed a number of ups and downs in 2019, and in 2020, was changed within the taking part in XI by KL Rahul. Raina, who has been coaching with Pant, stated that the left-hander is a gun participant and might do wonders for the staff.
Speaking on the ‘Follow the Blues’ phase of this week’s episode of Star Sports’ chat present Cricket Connected, Raina stated: “I have been practising with Rishabh Pant. He was hitting the ball very well. Then I had a net with Shami. All bowlers have been coming here and practising. Piyush Chawla also came, he bowled really well.”
“I have been speaking to a lot of the players, everything has been planned. Deepak Chahar has been playing and MS Dhoni is also training hard at his home. Everyone has to do it because this game requires lot of fitness, lot of commitment,” he added.
Talking about Pant, Raina additional stated: “I think Rishabh Pant has been amazing. He has scored a lot of runs for the country as well as in the IPL and in domestic cricket. He has got two Test hundreds. He played really well in T20s as well as ODIs.”
“I think he is a gun player, he has a quality future. He needs to be really looked after by his teammates. And then you will see lot of great performances coming from him very soon,” he added.
On being requested in regards to the preparation plans for the upcoming season of IPL in UAE, Raina revealed: “We are going to have a camp. We have lots to do, we are going there I think 18-20 days before. It is good to go early because IPL is coming and we have been under lockdown for 4-5 months. So, it is good to be there before IPL and it is going to be exciting.”