Last updated on March 27, 2020
Mumbai: Star Indian opener and Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma felt that the time he spent with Ricky Ponting on the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise was “magic.”
Ponting was captain of MI in 2013, after they have been but to win an IPL title. He resigned from the publish and handed it over to Rohit however stayed on as a part of the teaching employees. His contribution is usually seen instrumental in serving to MI win their maiden IPL title that yr and he would return to the franchise as a head coach, earlier than shifting to Delhi Capitals.
“Ricky Ponting to me was magic,” stated Rohit on Thursday in an interplay with former England captain Kevin Pietersen on Instagram.
“The way he handled the team when he was captain during the first half and then he gave the captaincy to me midway. That takes a lot of guts and after that to be as involved as he was as a support staff member. He was supporting all the younger players in the team and he was guiding me in captaincy,” stated Rohit.
Rohit stated that he feels MI have made just a few good purchases on the public sale this yr and hopes that the season begins each time issues settle.
“We have gotten just a few good additions to the squad like Chris Lynn, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile.
“Boult is a good buy on a pitch like Wankhede with the swinging ball, I was looking forward to that. Alongwith (Jasprit) Bumrah he would have made a good combination. Still looking forward, fingers crossed. At some stage if things settle down, it should happen,” stated Rohit.
Rohit additionally stated that present Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene is somebody who offers quite a lot of readability to his gamers. “Mahela is very calm, very composed. He only tells you to do things he sees as right or not to do them if they are wrong. His messages are very clear,” stated Rohit.
The 2020 season of the IPL was scheduled to begin on March 29 with defendng champions MI going through Chennai Super Kings on the Wankhede Stadium in what was a repeat of the 2019 remaining. However the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic pressured the organisers to push the tentative beginning date to April 15, which itself is now clouded in uncertainty as a result of three-week lockdown declared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi all through the nation.