Rohit Sharma has attested that Ricky Ponting was ‘magic’ and the best coach he has worked with in his entire cricketing career. The Australian veteran was originally the captain of the Mumbai Indians team in 2013 but he passed the baton to Sharma midway during the season and took up mentorship.
As captain of the Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma has led the side to win four IPL titles in a matter of seven years. According to the Team India limited-overs vice-captain, it’s Ricky Ponting whose mentorship that has been most helpful to him in his entire cricketing career.
Back in 2013, Ponting was the captain of Mumbai Indians, but he had stepped down from his position after halfway through the season and had given Sharma the platform and opportunity to lead the side. That’s when the Australian veteran had taken up mentorship and the Indian opener considers Ponting as the best coach he has worked with.
“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.
“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.”
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