Every nation is under a strict lockdown due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. Due to the gravity of the situation, there is no saying when the world will go back to functioning normally. To pass the time, players and celebrities take to live sessions. One of the live sessions that catches the attention of the audience is between Rohit Sharma and Kevin Pietersen.
The highlighted part of the conversation was Kevin Pietersen asking Rohit Sharma about his favourite coach. As a response Rohit Sharma says Ricky Ponting. He adds that Ricky Ponting’s skills are nothing short of magic to him.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma expressed his bond with the former captain of the Australian captain. He says that taking the reigns from Ricky Ponting was an anxious and nervous moment for him. Sharma had taken over the captaincy of Mumbai Indians from Ponting during 2013.
“The way he handled the team when he was captain for the first half of the tournament and then he gave the captaincy to me mid-way through the tournament, it takes a lot of guts to do that. I can only imagine him doing that.”
Next, he opens up about how Ponting continued to be a great source of support for the youngsters in the team. In fact, Rohit Sharma received a significant amount of guidance for the role of a captain.
“I got to learn a lot from him. So he was a different ballgame altogether for me.”
Ricky Ponting okayed a crucial role for Mumbai Indians during 2014 to 2016. He coached the team and shaped them to what they are today. Talents such as Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah came under the spotlight due to his commentary. Furthermore, he guided players like Jos Buttler and Krunal Pandya into becoming the players they are today.