Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has worked closely with Team India’s wicket-keeper batsman and stand-in captain Rishabh Pant in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Ponting is the head coach of the Delhi Capitals franchise team, while Pant is the captain of this team. The T20 World Cup is to be played in Australia in October-November this year and Ricky Ponting has given a unique advice regarding Pant’s batting order for this prestigious tournament.
Ponting believes that Pant will prove to be very dangerous on fast and bouncy tracks in Australia, in which he can be best used as a ‘floater’ (send to bat at any number) depending on the circumstances of each match. Ponting said in ‘ICC Review’, ‘He (Pant) is a great player. A great youngster who will be a very dangerous Indian cricketer in the T20 World Cup, especially on Australian wickets which are very flat, fast and bouncy. All eyes will be on his performance in the tournament.
Ponting believes that Pant’s position in the batting order should be flexible according to the needs of the Indian team. He said, ‘I think he can be fed as a ‘floater’. I would probably like him at number five in the Indian batting line-up. Ponting, who has played 168 Tests for Australia, said, ‘But in certain situations where there are seven-eight overs left, I would like to send him and give as much time as possible. He is such a great player and such an aggressive player that I would like to use him like this.