Every IPL game is like an Australian Football League (AFL) final: Ricky Ponting
Only recently IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils roped Ricky Ponting as the head coach of the side for IPL 2018.
Published - Jan 6, 2018 11:06 pm | Updated - Jan 6, 2018 11:06 pm
Only recently Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils roped in three-time World Cup winner Ricky Ponting as head coach of the side for IPL 2018. Daredevils, whose ten-year partnership with team director TA Sekhar came to a close last year acquired the services of the former Australian skipper in a bid to better their performance from the previous season, which saw them finish at No.6 in the table. And the franchise will hope for Ponting to guide them to their maiden IPL title as well.
The Tasmanian had earlier been the head coach of the Mumbai Indians for a period of two years until he was replaced by Mahela Jayawardene in 2016. He was instrumental in shaping the 2015-16 Mumbai squad. Upbeat with the new stint, Ponting feels IPL provides an exciting opportunity for brewing cricketers to flourish on the international stage. The veteran cricketer opined that every game in the IPL is equivalent to an Australian Football League (AFL) final.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, the 43-year-old was quoted saying, “It’s a huge tournament, you’re working with the best players in the world and you’re unearthing and seeing some incredible Indian talent. I think the best way to describe the IPL to people who haven’t been there or seen it is you talk to the young Aussie guys who go and play and they say every game is like an AFL Grand Final. the atmosphere that’s created around a lot of these venues is unbelievable,”
Australia needs a set T20 squad
Ponting, who was recently linked for the role of the coach of the Australian T20 cricket team said the country is yet to overcome a lot of ‘hurdles’ in order to succeed in the shortest format. The former Aussie skipper believes that the T20 squad should have a set team rather than rotating too many players, which brings in new energy but destructs the combination and dynamic of the team.