Ricky Ponting has unequivocally endorsed Rohit Sharma as the ideal candidate to captain India in the Cricket World Cup 2023. Ponting, revered for his astute cricketing acumen, affirms that the seasoned batter possesses the ‘laid back attitude’ and temperament to gracefully shoulder the monumental pressure that accompanies the impending tournament.
Sharma has spearheaded India to a commanding perch atop the ODI World Cup 2023 points table. The cricketing fraternity has showered accolades upon his strategic brilliance. The former Australia captain underscores that the Men in Blue have asserted themselves as the team to reckon with. Ponting astutely emphasizes that Rohit’s innate ‘laid-back attitude’ is the cornerstone of his ability to gracefully absorb relentless pressure.
Ricky Ponting was quoted as saying by India Today:
“He’s very laid back, Rohit. Very laid back with everything he does. You can even see that by the way that he plays. He’s a pretty laconic sort of batsman as well, and that’s the way he is both on and off the field.”
Ponting critiques Virat Kohli’s clutch performance in comparison with Rohit’s
The India skipper’s explosive 86 off 63 balls in the clash against Pakistan showcased his remarkable form and tactical prowess. The innings, adorned with six fours and as many sixes, played a pivotal role in India’s convincing seven-wicket victory. The 48-year-old lauds Rohit’s ability to handle pressure in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. Ponting also underlined India’s stellar performance under his leadership, making a critical comparison to Virat Kohli’s tenure.
“Someone like Virat, who is a bit more heart-on-the-sleeve, and probably listens to the fans and plays up with the fans a little bit more, someone with his personality would probably find it a bit harder. But I think Rohit will be fine with it. He’s a terrific bloke and has been a great player for a long time, and he’s done a great job as leader of India,” Ponting concluded.