Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant stated on Wednesday that he loves MS Dhoni. He further stated he is not at all bothered about the comparisons which are being made with the legendary wicketkeeper and former India World Cup-winning captain. He admitted that he is only trying to focus on his game at the moment.

Notably, with MS Dhoni not making himself available for selection for the South Africa series beginning 15 September, the selectors would be keeping an eye on Rishabh Pant as a long term successor to Dhoni, both behind the wickets and in the lower middle order.

“I just love him. I am focussing on my cricket and taking one match at a time. I am trying to improve every day,” Pant was quoted as saying at an event in Kolkata when asked about Dhoni.

He further went on to say that he is working hard on his game to try and win India as many games as possible.

“The team played really well (in the West Indies). I am looking forward to improve myself and helping team India to win more matches.”

“We have practiced really well and mindset is good. We will look to do well,” he said when asked about the South Africa series.

Pant also stated that although there would be home advantage, South Africa cannot be counted out as they are a strong unit.

“Our planning is going well. We will have home advantage but they are a good side,” he concluded.