Kohli reveals a key advice given by MS Dhoni early on in his career

Kohli reveals a key advice given by MS Dhoni early on in his career

The decider clash between India and South Africa begins tomorrow at Cape Town. Kohli is fully fit and will resume the role of captain. In a press conference held ahead of tomorrow’s game, Kohli discussed a number of questions raised by the media and fans. One of them being the batting of Rishabh Pant, rather the irresponsible batting display of Rishabh Pant. Pant hasn’t been among the run-scorers since his heroics at the Gabba. And his dismissal at Johannesburg has led to the youngster facing criticism.

Pant, the fourth member of India’s middle order, has come under the scanner after he was out for a duck in the second innings in Johannesburg, charging out of his crease at Kagiso Rabada. Kohli assured that Pant would reflect on his manner of dismissal and learn from it. He recounted a bit of advice from MS Dhoni – Kohli’s predecessor as captain and Pant’s as wicketkeeper – that helped him at a similar stage of his career.

Kohli assures Pant will learn from his mistake and keep improving
“We’ve spoken to [Pant] at practice,” Kohli said. “When a batsman plays a shot and gets out, he knows first of all whether the situation merited that shot or not, and as long as, as an individual, everyone accepts their responsibility, progress will happen.
 
“We’ve all made mistakes in our career. We’ve been dismissed in important situations as the result of our mistake, or because of pressure, or because of the bowler’s skill, so it’s important to understand what the mindset was at that moment, what was the decision you took, and what was the mistake you made. If you identify those mistakes and accept them, you’ll improve, and you’ll make sure you don’t repeat that mistake.
 
MS Dhoni said to me very early on that there should be a gap of at least 7-8 months between two mistakes, only then will your career grow in international cricket. I internalized that within my system, that I won’t keep repeating the same mistake. And that happens when you reflect on your mistakes, which I know Rishabh does, and he will definitely keep improving going forward and he’ll make sure that in important situations, he will stand there for the team and put up a big performance.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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