Ricky Ponting As India Coach? Sourav Ganguly Answers
Delhi Capitals‘ fortunes have turned 360 degree this season. Delhi are one of the only three sides in the history of the IPL to have not won the league till date. In fact, they had not made it to the playoffs since 2012. However, this season has turned out to be an exception by a fair margin. Under the watchful eyes of the legendary Ricky Ponting, Delhi Capitals have already made it to the playoffs.
Sourav Ganguly‘s presence as advisor of the team has also made a difference as Delhi Capitals have exceeded all the expectations this year. Throughout the season, the players have praised both Ganguly and Ponting. And with India head coach Ravi Shastri‘s contract set to expire after the World Cup, the fans have started pondering whether Ponting could become the second Australian after Greg Chappell to coach Team India.
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Ganguly was recently asked about the possibility during an interview with Cricbuzz. In reply, the former Indian captain said that while there is no doubt at all over Ponting’s credentials, he wasn’t sure if the Australian would be ready to stay away from home for 8-9 months in a year.
“That you have to ask him if he is ready to stay away from home for 8-9 months of a year. But yes, if you talk about credentials, there is no doubt he can be a great candidate,” Ganguly answered.
Ganguly, who had a fiery relationship with Ponting and Australia during his playing days, also opened up on his current relation with Ponting. The legendary batsman insisted that their friendship has grown over the years.
“Oh we are great friends. There was a point in time when we were adversaries on the pitch, but over the years our friendship has grown. He has done some great work with the boys and it’s showing,” said Ganguly.
Delhi, meanwhile, will next take on Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday. A win in the upcoming fixture will seal their place in the top two of the points table.