Indian legend Rahul Dravid feels Rishabh Pant will be a "very important player" for India in the near future, in the wake of how he overcame personal tragedy during the ongoing IPL.
Pant lost his father a couple of days before the IPL, but still played in Delhi Daredevils' opening match.
"Rishabh played very well this year, played a very good innings, he entered the tournament at a very a difficult time, he lost his father, which shows his mental strength," Daredevils mentor Dravid told PTI.
He went on to add, "Pant overcame that tragedy and did consistently well throughout the season. I am sure he will go on to become a very important player for India."
Dravid said Delhi faltered in closing out tense games. "It's disappointing obviously, had hoped to qualify at the start of the tournament but there were some close matches in the middle which we couldn't win.
"You need eight wins to qualify in this tournament, we got seven last year, six this year and I think the close games we lost probably cost us," Dravid stated after his team's loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
--By A Cricket Correspondent