In a video released on the IPL Twitter handle, Dhoni accepted his teammate’s challenge in style and asked him to rather be ready.
“Jab main maidan pe utra tha, toh aise hi sochta tha…aaja Rishabh, wicket ke peeche toh main hi rahunga. Game dikha, name bana (When I made my debut, I also thought like this…come Rishabh, I shall be waiting for you behind the wicket. Show your game and make a name), Dhoni can be heard saying in the video.
Earlier, Pant had said: “Mahi bhai na guru ke samaan hain. Agar Mahi bhai nahi hote na, pata nahi mai wicketkeeper-batsman hota, nahi hota” (Mahi bhai is like a teacher. If Mahi bhai wouldn’t have been there, I don’t know if I would have been a wicketkeeper-batsman).
“Lekin is baari unki team pe main aisa barsoonga ki captain cool, cool nahi rahenge. Mahi bhai tayyar rehna, game dikhane aa raha hoon” (But this time, I will rain down at his team so hard that captain cool won’t remain cool. Mahi bhai be ready, I’m coming to show you the game).
Here’s the video:
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Chennai Super Kings get the IPL season underway on March 23 when they face Royal Challengers Bangalore. Meanwhile, Pant who plays for Delhi Capitals will take on Mumbai Indians on March 24. A possible Pant vs Dhoni scenario will take place on March 26 when Delhi host Chennai at the Feroz Shah Kotla.