IPL 2017| Ricky Ponting's top 5 fielders

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IPL 2017| Ricky Ponting's top 5 fielders

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SportsCafe Desk

05/19/2017

Ricky Ponting is no stranger to the IPL, having won the title during his time coaching Mumbai Indians. However, the former Australian skipper has been keeping a close eye on things in IPL 2017 as well and he picked his top-5 fielders from the ongoing tournament. Two Indians are on the list.

Speaking to cricket.com.au, Ponting was asked to pick his best players from the ongoing IPL 2017. And in a way, none of Ponting’s choices in the batting and bowling department come as a surprise. However, from an Indian point of view, it must be noted that Ponting has picked two Indians among his top-5 fielders, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja

Here are Ponting’s top-5 fielders and what he had to say about them:

5. Hardik Pandya.

"You don’t normally associate young Indians as being gun fielders, but he’s a little bit different. He’s a good athlete, he’s quick, he’s got good hands, he’s got a good throwing arm and he can field infield and outfield. He’s the standout young Indian fielder as far as I’m concerned"

4. David Warner.

"He might be a bit disappointed he’s that low in the pecking order, but he’s just a solid all-round fieldsman. He’s got great hands, quick across the ground, a great throwing arm. He hits the stumps when he needs to and he can field in any position. Flexibility is what you’re after in a team."

3. Ravindra Jadeja.

"He ticks most the boxes as well but is probably more known for his outfielding than he is for his infielding. A left-arm thrower, he’s probably got the strongest throwing arm I can ever remember seeing through all of my time playing. It’s a bullet arm. I remember him (running) me out in a one-day game early on in his career and I was out by three or four yards taking him on from the boundary. I learnt my lesson pretty quick."

2. Glenn Maxwell.

"A pretty complete package. Very good in the in-field moves laterally very well, good left-hand and right-hand, hits the stumps a lot in the inner circle. (He’s got) a powerful throwing arm from the deep and safe hands."

1. Kieron Pollard.

"I’ve seen him pull off some amazing things. He tends to field long on and long off for the last 10 or eight overs of an innings. He’s a six-foot-five, six-foot-six athlete. The amount of times I’ve seen him jump on the boundary and pull in a one-hander… is pretty amazing. Some of his diving saves along the fence are quite spectacular."

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