The Australian side led by Ricky Ponting was a dominating force in world cricket. It was because the captain himself was too competitive and wanted to win every match for his side. Ponting led the team by example. While batting at number 3 across formats, Ponting scored over 27000 international runs, putting himself in the list of greatest batsmen to have born on the Australian soil.
After retiring from international cricket in 2012, Ponting took the coaching job for Mumbai Indians and in his first season as player-cum-coach, the Mumbai team lifted the trophy for the very first time. Since then Ponting has continued with the IPL side as the full-time coach with Sachin Tendulkar at the helm as the mentor of the team.
Speaking to cricket.com.au on the eve of the 3-match bilateral T20I series against Sri Lanka at home, Ponting will be coaching the T20I side for the first time and he is surely very excited about the role.
He said, “Obviously I was very excited when I got the job. I had a very good look at the players during BBL. I am happy to be working with the players and help them out. Hopefully, we will win the series.”
Speaking more on the coaching experience and what he expects from the Australian players, he said, “I think I always had the bug. For last couple of years, I have been coaching in the IPL. Really challenging but a lot of fun. We had success in first year and missed the final in the second but in total the coaching experience was great. Coaching is another way of adding competitiveness back. That’s what I have told the boys that I am a very competitive person. I see things around the group which I don’t look, I would let them know.”
His competitiveness should be an inspiration for all the players around the world. Hope the present cricketers take a leaf out of it and show Sri Lankans some in the T20I series starting February 17.