The new era of Indian cricket has begun coach Rahul Dravid and new full-time T20I captain Rohit Sharma. India began its journey under Dravid with a win over New Zealand in the first T20I of the three-match series on Wednesday in Jaipur. Meantime, Ricky Ponting, former Australian captain revealed that he was approached for the post of Team India’s head coach during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, but after thinking about it, he decided to turn it down with the realization of the nature of the post and his time management.
“I had a few conversations with a few people during the IPL about it (the head coach position). The people I talked to were very determined to find a way to make it work. The first thing what I said was that I can not give as much time, it means that I can not coach in the IPL, ” said Ponting on Grade Cricketer’s Podcast.
The captain, who has won twice in the World Cup, was also surprised to see Rahul Dravid accept the head coach’s post with reference to his family life and young children.
“Actually, I’m surprised Dravid picked it up too. There’s been a lot of talk about how happy he was in the u.19 role he had. I’m not sure about his family life, but I’m sure he has young children. “So, I’m surprised he took it, but like I said, the people I talked to were sure they got the right person, so they could probably get Dravid to do it,” he said. .
The former Australian captain is currently the head coach of the IPL team Delhi Capitals. During the podcast when the legendary cricketer was asked about his future contract with Delhi Capitals, he confirmed that he will be at the franchise next year.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll be in Delhi next year. I’ve loved the last four years I’ve been there. We’ve had a wonderful time together and some of the young players I’ve had a chance to be with. “were exceptional and really good people. Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Avesh Khan, and all these guys turned into really good IPL players and some of them also turned into very good international players,” said Ponting.
On the mega-auction next year, Ponting said the franchise will try to retain a majority of the players from the current pool, but he believes it will be a big challenge.
“With the retention stuff we can only keep four players and I think we had about 24 or 25 players in the group last year. We will try to bring back the majority of those guys ideally with us, but that is also going to be a challenge.With the retentions and two new teams you can guarantee they’re talking to Iyer (Shreyas), they’re talking to Pant (Rishabh) and they’re trying to secure these guys and lock them up as generation franchise players. to me and Delhi franchise to make sure they do not get their hands on them, ”he added.
Delhi Capitals finished third in the IPL 2021 and they advanced to the playoffs for the third consecutive season, after finishing runners-up in 2020.
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