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Will Rishab Pant replace MS Dhoni at CSK: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is one of the most successful and popular teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team has won the IPL title five times, equaling the record of Mumbai Indians (MI). CSK has been led by the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni since its inception in 2008, except for a brief period in 2016 when the team was suspended for two years due to a corruption scandal. Dhoni is widely regarded as one of the best captains and finishers in the history of cricket, and has earned the nickname of “Thala” (meaning leader or head) among the CSK fans.
However, Dhoni’s future in the IPL is uncertain, as he is nearing the end of his illustrious career. Dhoni, who retired from international cricket in 2020, is 41 years old and has been struggling with a knee injury that required surgery in 2023. Dhoni has not confirmed whether he will play in the IPL 2024 or not, but CSK has confirmed that he will return to lead the team if he decides to participate. But in the long term, there is a question on everyone’s mind: Will Rishab Pant replace MS Dhoni at CSK?
Answered: Will Rishab Pant replace MS Dhoni at CSK
With his glorious career in the IPL coming to an end, it will be wise to find a successor to Dhoni at CSK. When we all are wondering who can be an ideal replacement for MS Dhoni, former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta has named Rishabh Pant as that ideal successor.
In an interaction with JioCinema, Deep Dasgupta said that it would not be a surprise if Rishabh Pant joins CSK by IPL 2025. He also reminded the fact that Pant and Dhoni are very close and spend a lot of time together.
“Don’t be surprised if they get Rishabh Pant by IPL 2025. MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant are very close. Obviously, Rishabh adores MS, and MS also likes him very much. They spend a lot of time together. Their connection and Rishabh’s thinking are very similar, considering he is very attacking and positive. He’s always talking about winning and what not,” said Dasgupta.
Rishabh Pant: Legend in the making
Pant, who is currently the captain of Delhi Capitals (DC), is one of the most exciting and explosive young players in the world. He has impressed everyone with his batting skills, wicketkeeping abilities, and leadership qualities. He has scored 2,836 runs in 98 IPL matches at an average of 34.37 and a strike rate of 147.69. He has also hit 15 fifties and one century in the IPL.
Pant has also been phenomenal for India in the international arena, especially in Test cricket. He has scored 1,413 runs in 23 Tests at an average of 43.67 and a strike rate of 73.61. He has also hit five centuries and six fifties in Test cricket. He was the hero of India’s historic Test series wins in Australia in 2020-21. He played some match-winning knocks in both the series, such as 97 in Sydney, 89 not out in Brisbane, and 101 in Ahmedabad.
Pant, who suffered a horrific accident last year on December 30, has not made his comeback yet. It is still uncertain if he will be a part of IPL, Champions Trophy, or T20 World Cup. Pant was hit by a car while riding his bike near his home in Delhi. He sustained multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, a broken jaw, and a punctured lung. He was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent several surgeries and was put in a medically induced coma. He was later shifted to a rehabilitation center, where he has been undergoing physiotherapy and counseling. He has been showing signs of recovery, but his return to cricket is still doubtful.
Pant’s absence from cricket has been a huge loss for both India and DC, as he is a vital member of both the teams. His fans and well-wishers have been praying for his speedy recovery and hoping to see him back on the field soon. His potential move to CSK, if it happens, will be a huge boost for the franchise, as he can fill the shoes of Dhoni and take the team to new heights. Pant has the talent, the temperament, and the charisma to be the next Thala of CSK.
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