Rohit Sharma says Ricky Ponting learned the art of joining the team
Rohit Sharma gave Mumbai Indians a record four Indian Premier League titles.© BCCI / IPL
Rohit Sharma, one of the most successful captains in the Indian Premier League, says he learned the art of making teammates important from Australian great Ricky Ponting. The Indian opener brought Mumbai Indians a record four titles for IPL after Ponting was appointed successor in the 2013 season of the Twenty20 tournament. Sharma said, “I want the 10 players who are playing and the other players on the bench to talk to them and make them feel important.” India Today TV. “And it’s something I’ve learned from Ricky Ponting.”
Ponting, currently the coach of the Delhi Capital, stepped into Mumbai’s captaincy in the sixth IPL edition and Sharma helped the team win its first title.
Sharma, 33, led Mumbai to three more IPL titles in 2015, 2017 and 2019 as an opener with his high scoring role as an example.
It was last year that Mumbai led the three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings to the finals led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who emerged as the most successful T20 franchise in the cricket world.
Sharma, who has played 224 one-day internationals, 32 Tests and 108 T20 matches for the national team, gives youngsters the freedom to perform.
“Those players will come good or not be under pressure,” Sharma said.
“When there is not much talk about them in the squad. They come to know all these things.”