Rohit Sharma, the Indian Cricket team opener and Captain of Mumbai Indians, in a recent interactive session on Instagram, has named Ricky Ponting as the best coach he has played under. The 32-year old has not only played with but also been coached by Ponting during the latter’s IPL stint with Mumbai Indians.
“Very difficult to pick one name because they all bring something or the other to the table. But Ricky Ponting to me was magic. The way he handled the team when he was captain for the first half, and then gave it to me, it takes a lot of guts to do that,” Rohit said in a conversation with Kevin Pietersen on Instagram Live.
The former Australian, after playing the inaugural IPL with Mumbai Indians, returned in the IPL 2013 to be named the captain of MI before he gave over the reins to Rohit Sharma mid-way through the season. After relinquishing the captaincy, Ponting supported Rohit Sharma to the best of his abilities and it was the change in captaincy that led Mumbai Indians to their first ever IPL trophy win in 2013.
After announcing retirement from franchise cricket in 2013, Ponting also coached the Mumbai Indians from 2014 to 2016. Remembering the time and his connection with Ponting, Sharma said, “After that as well, to be as involved as he was, as a member of the support staff, he was helping all the youngsters and guided mine through the captaincy. I got to learn a lot from him. He was a different ball game altogether.”
Now, after the 12 seasons of IPL, Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians Paltan stand as the most successful IPL franchise with four title wins under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. The Indian opener with his astute captaincy has helped his franchise scale new heights in world’s most successful Cricket League.