Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting who has been named as the head coach of Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL) expressed his excitement for taking a mission in a new team.
Ponting in a recent interview said: “It’s a huge tournament, you’re working with the best players in the world and you’re unearthing and seeing some incredible Indian talent. I think the best way to describe the IPL to people who haven’t been there or seen it is you talk to the young Aussie guys who go and play and they say every game is like an AFL Grand Final. the atmosphere that’s created around a lot of these venues is unbelievable.”
He added: “For all those reasons it’s great to be part of, and the other thing is that it’s eight or nine weeks. It’s not a huge time commitment so it fits in really well with where my life’s at.”
Ponting also talked about his love for the role of coaching and what it means to him: “I’ve lived my life as a competitive person for so long, competing as a batsman, competing as a player and when your career’s over that all stops and you’ve got none of that in your life any more. In the last couple of years, I’ve started to feel and understand that I need to have a certain degree of that in my life, let alone the fact that I love helping young blokes out,”
“At the end of the day that’s what coaching is for me, having the feeling that you’ve actually improved someone and had an impact on the way they go about their cricket. And you’ve made them better as a cricketer and a person. I think that should be the motivating factor for all coaches anyway. It’s no different for me.”