Ricky Ponting: Rishabh Pant’s toddle as captain might well be esteem Rohit Sharma’s
Says that Pant’s “learning experiences” from the closing year and a half of will make him a “greater leader and particular person”.
Ricky Ponting had now not even realised it. Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant might well now not have belief to be it as effectively. And it’d now not have struck folk in Indian cricket either. That Ponting, the weak Australia captain who had several intense duels with India captains all over his enjoying days, has already groomed two future India captains within the IPL.
Successfully sooner than taking on as the high coach of Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) in 2018, Ponting had coached Mumbai Indians and had chaperoned Rohit’s captaincy from 2013 to 2016, to assist the franchise to two IPL titles, in 2013 and 2015. Rohit has since change into one of many tip all-format avid gamers for India and has taken over the India captaincy in on the least two formats.
Pant is now in a in actuality the same whisper. A chief all-format participant for India, in his early 20s, a brand original IPL captain, and a likely future India captain, additionally being groomed by Ponting.
“I hadn’t belief about that in actual fact but they’re in actual fact reasonably the same,” Ponting talked about of the Rohit-Pant comparison a day sooner than the two teams he has coached face every varied in IPL 2022. “When Rohit took over at Mumbai, he used to be reasonably a young man as effectively, and had started out in his worldwide cricket. He used to be likely very the same [in age], I’m now not certain how weak he used to be but he would had been 23-24, similar to what Rishabh is right here on the Delhi Capitals.
“To repeat you in actual fact, they’re reasonably the same folk. I do know they’re gigantic mates and they talk the total time and they’re likely exchanging issues about leadership and captaincy alongside the fashion as effectively. Rohit likely doesn’t are looking out for to provide too many secrets away because we will play in opposition to him in a couple of days’ time (laughs). I deem there’s every opportunity for Rishabh’s toddle to be similar to Rohit Sharma’s. He’s a young captain of a successful franchise and rising on a day-to-day foundation and confidently Rishabh can have the equivalent originate of success Rohit’s had on the Mumbai Indians. After which with some trip in a characteristic esteem this in a high-tension tournament esteem the IPL, I’ve obtained absolute self perception within the years but to achieve there’s every probability that Rishabh might well be an worldwide captain. Absolute self perception about it.”
The fashion by which each Rohit and Pant had been handed their IPL captaincies used to be additionally the same; Rohit took over from Ponting mid-season in 2013 and Pant used to be handed over the baton closing IPL after Shreyas Iyer picked up a shoulder injury.
Ponting is now in his fifth season with Capitals, and he has overseen Pant’s evolution now not true as captain but as a participant and individual too, after Pant used to be offered by Daredevils within the 2016 auction. Since then, Pant has played 84 video games for them to amass 2498 runs whereas averaging 35.18 and putting at 147.46, and has swiftly gone up the ladder to take over as a lengthy-length of time captain.
Ponting talked about the “learning experiences” Pant has had within the closing 12-18 months with India and within the IPL will make him a “greater leader and particular person”.
“His evolution – now not true the closing one year, that is my fifth season now on the Delhi Capitals – and his evolution as a participant and as a particular person has been reasonably dramatic,” Ponting talked about. “Final couple of years with some more duty in and around the Indian team, and captaining the Delhi Capitals closing season, there’s reasonably a number of learning experiences for him by the closing 12-18 months for him which will take helping him change into an even bigger leader and particular person on a day-to-day foundation. I do know Rishabh in actuality effectively, and that is the reason what he talks about the total time, looking out for to score ways to strengthen.
“There is absolute self perception that his maturity within the closing 12-18 months alongside with his play and additionally alongside with his leadership and captaincy has been noteworthy. Or now not it is some distance a huge a part of my job as effectively to examine up on and assist and guide him and push Rishabh within the supreme path the build I can. But announcing that, he’s obtained a in actuality gorgeous spend on what leadership is all about because he’s been in successful teams and he’s been below proper leaders within the previous. Or now not it is up to me, if there’s anything I can assist him with, I will enact it alongside the fashion.”
Ponting will now hope he can assist Pant steal the IPL trophy two months from now and cheekily effect a inquire of to the BCCI for a ‘captaincy-grooming bonus’ they never knew they owed him.