Robin Uthappa picked a surprising name to fill MS Dhoni’s shoes.  |  Photo Credit: AP
- Robin Uthapppa revealed the player who could be next MS Dhoni
- Uthappa has been away from the national team since 2015
- Although he hopes to make a comeback for World Cup
MS Dhoni’s absence from the national team has left the team management with a job to find a suitable finisher. Dhoni, who is regarded as one of the finest finishers to have ever played the game, won India number of games single-handedly. Although his finishing abilities went down a bit after 2015. Still, Dhoni is the finest finisher to have played for India.
Rishabh Pant, who was given regular chances in 2019, was tipped to replace Dhoni but he failed to make most of the opportunities provided. KL Rahul, who also keeps wickets, has now been tipped to replace the former India captain as he bats at number five in ODIs. It remains to be seen whether Rahul is able to do the job in the long run or not.
While the team management continues its hunt to find next Dhoni, Robin Uthappa, who played with Dhoni for a long time, has tipped Riyan Parag to fill his boots. In a chat with Cricift, Uthappa said that ‘he could be India’s answer to next MS Dhoni’.
“Currently, the young player which excites me out of my socks in Riyan Parag. I am extremely excited and he is the one to watch out for. I think he is someone who is looked after well and dealt well and nurtured well and will represent India for a very long time. He could be India’s answer to the next MS Dhoni,” the 34-year-old told Cricfit.
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Parag, the 18-year-old all-rounder from Assam, rose to fame during IPL 2019. The youngest player to hit a half-century in IPL, Parag finished the season with 160 runs and two wickets.
Steve Smith, RR’s captain, was also in awe of Parag and tipped him to have a great future. “Parag was really impressive; I have been watching him in the nets and with the bat looks like a seasoned campaigner. He’s a great kid and has a great future, I hope I was as confident when I was 17. When you are young and come into a team you have a carefree attitude and kept playing his shots,” he had said.
Parag, the former U-19 World Cup-winning player, has 659 runs and 14 wickets in 13 first-class matches. He has also played 24 List A and 24 T20s. Since he plays for Assam, Parag has a tough road ahead. Although he can very well make it to the India A squads if he does well in IPL.