After Rishabh Pant faced criticism after a shoddy job behind the stumps during the fourth ODI, India bowling coach Bharat Arun defended the young wicketkeeper, saying comparing him and MS Dhoni is unfair. @PTI

India bowling coach Bharat Arun on Tuesday defended under-fire Rishabh Pant, saying it is unfair to compare the young wicket-keeper batsman with the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Delhi boy Pant faced criticism after a shoddy job behind the stumps during the fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali on Sunday. (ALSO READ: MS Dhoni half a captain of Indian team, Virat Kohli visibly rough without him: Bishan Singh Bedi)

“Unfair to compare Pant and Dhoni. Dhoni is legend, his work behind the stumps is exemplary. When Virat (Kohli) needs someone to talk to, he is a huge influence on the team,” said Arun ahead of the series decider here Wednesday.

Arun was all praise for all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who has become a serious contender for a World Cup spot with some standout performances with both bat and ball. (ALSO READ: Vijay Shankar could be the batting allrounder India needs: Sunil Gavaskar)

“Vijay has gained in confidence. He has batted brilliantly at (different) positions given to him. He bated at number four, six and seven. The confidence he has gained with his bating is rubbing onto his bowling as well. He was bowling at 120-125, now he is touching 130. He is a huge positive for the team,” added Arun.