Recalling the six he hit off Adil Rashid at Trent Bridge to fetch his first Test runs, he interrupts… “That six changed nothing in my life. No person can ever be judged by one shot… it’s always the kind of knocks he has played.”
Comparisons with MS Dhoni and Wriddhiman Saha have been going on. Saha’s injury opened up Test possibility for the wicketkeeper-batsman and Dhoni’s omission from the recent T20 series against West Indies has raised the opportunity quotient in that format too.
So, how does he handle the pressure now that he is being tagged as the next big hope behind the stumps for India? “I am not here to compete with anyone. For me, this phase is all about learning. I keep going up to Mahi bhai and pick up things.” About the hype on social media, he says, “Social media is a part of everyone’s life. You can’t ignore it. But I have learnt to keep off-field hype back in my room. And it doesn’t matter if you have played 500 international matches, you are bound to be nervous when you take the field and I believe that’s a good thing.”