Pant admitted that the crowd’s expectations and chants took their toll on him, even causing emotional moments in his room.
“I used to feel very bad. I used to go back to my room and cry when I was 20 or 21. Under stress, I couldn’t breathe. There was so much pressure and I didn’t know what to do. I missed a knock in Mohali and the crowd started to sing ‘Dhoni Dhoni‘” Pant revealed in a ‘Star Sports’ series documenting his recovery from a life-threatening car accident in 2022. The young wicketkeeper-batsman acknowledged that comparisons with Dhoni were difficult to handle, especially at the start of his career when he was still finding his place in international cricket.
Pant, who is currently recovering from the car accident, spoke emotionally about his relationship with Dhoni, describing him as the only person with whom he feels comfortable sharing everything in his life.
“I always find it difficult to explain my relationship with MS Dhoni. There are some who you can talk to freely. I talk about everything with MSD. I have learned a lot from him. I talk to him about things that I wouldn’t discuss with him.” any other person. That’s the kind of relationship I have with him,” Pant said.
Reflecting on the unfair comparisons, Pant expressed confusion over why questions were raised when he had just joined the team.
“Why would people ask these questions to a young man? Why are you comparing him? There shouldn’t be any comparison. Some have played five games and others 500. It’s been such a long journey, with so many ups and downs.” , so the comparison is not fair,” he stated.
Pant also acknowledged the support and comfort he received from senior players like Yuvraj Singh when he first joined the team, emphasizing the welcoming and supportive culture of the Indian cricket team.
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(With input from PTI)