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Recently, Suresh Raina and Rishabh Pant were found practising together at Raina’s home facility. Sports presenter Rupha Ramani caught up with the duo in an exclusive Instagram live chat session from Chennai Super Kings’ official Instagram handle.

In the live chat session, Suresh Raina lauded the charismatic wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant who has been exceptional in the Tests. He was certainly a revelation on the fast pitches of Australian and English soils in 2018-19 Test series. 

Raina praises youngster Rishabh Pant

The 34-year southpaw said, “Rishabh Pant is a top guy. I just want him to be who he is and perform well in order to match his true potential. He has a very bright future ahead with the Indian Cricket Team.”

Rishabh Pant (Credit: Twitter)

The charismatic 22-year old Rishabh Pant responded back by being very grateful to his senior teammate. “I actually get to learn a lot from Raina Bhai, both on and off the field. The very fact that we both are left-handed batsmen has helped us gel well immensely. We have that understanding and brotherhood between us that we share quite well. He often shares his experiences at the International level, that have helped me evolve both as a player and as an individual.”, he added.

The Delhi batsman further talked about how difficult it is to be in touch with the game given the current situation. With the lockdown enforced all over the world, players have not played any competitive cricket for over 4 months now. He underlined the importance of being fit and agile so that once the situation subsides, one is ready to take up the challenge. 

Rishabh Pant and Suresh Raina will be representing Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings respectively in the upcoming IPL tournament. It is likely that IPL 2020 will take place in the UAE between September and November