The taking of Amit Mishra has come as a surprise, Ponting explained, “I’ve gone for a bit of shock here and have put Amit Mishra in the side. He has got an outstanding IPL record, he has got great variations and he is a wicket taker because he is not scared to throw the ball up.”
“Mishra turns the ball enough both ways and he has been a great performer for a long long time” – Ponting added.
What might came as a surprise for many is the exclusion of modern T20 cricket’s batting phenomenon like AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum. Keeping Sunil Narine out of the IPL – XI could also be confusing for some as the West Indian has been exhibiting a top quality all – round show for last several seasons.
About de Villiers, Ricky Ponting said, “But with the record, that my openers Chirs Gayle and David Warner, have it was a bit hard to fit AB de Villiers in the middle order. But he is an out and out match winner.”