Ricky Ponting is from another planet: Rohit Sharma
NEW DELHI: Opening Batter Rohit Sharma on Monday full of praise in Ricky ponting , saying that the former Australian captain is from another planet and knows how to make the best of everyone.
Rohit was doing an Instagram Live session with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin when right-handed Rohit was asked to talk about the period of leadership with the Mumbai Indians .
I feel like Ponting is a man from another planet. He knows how to get the best out of someone. He has won two World Cups for Australia. So he knows how to win championships, Rohit told Ashwin.
"In 2013, we got Ricky ponting in the auction. In 2012 Sachin paaji said that he would not lead Mumbai Indians and Bhajju paa (Harbhajan) was made the skipper. But in 2013, I don't know why Bhajju paa wasn't the captain. And I thought I will be made the captain, but then Ponting was bought in the auction," said Rohit.
Ponting was the first to arrive in India for the 2013 season. He wanted to understand everyone. He said he wanted to have a team bonding session first. In a way, it had a very positive impact on everyone. Ponting really motivated the younger guys, he added.
Ricky ponting was the coach of Mumbai Indians for three seasons and Rohit spent a lot of time with the former Australian skipper.
Rohit talked about how Ponting stopped being the captain after failing to score runs in the first six games of the 2013 IPL.
But then he wasn't scoring runs, he decided to quit as a skipper, but eventually Ponting called me and I got the captaincy. Ponting was actually a player-coach during the 2013 season. He was always there to help me, Rohit said.
Mumbai Indians has won the IPL maximum number of times. The side has managed to win the tournament four times -- 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019.
Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings for a race in the 2019 IPL finals.
All the title wins have come under the leadership of Rohit. He would have been in action for the Mumbai Indians had the IPL commenced from March 29.
However, the tournament was suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.