The minor disagreement between Delhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting and Ravichandran Ashwin regarding Mankading was one of the trending ones of late. However, that has not stopped Ricky Ponting from labelling Ravichandran Ashwin as one of the best and successful spinners in IPL’s history. Ponting believes that the experience of Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane is very integral to their success.
Ravichandran Ashwin began the road to his international career through the IPL while playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). It was in 2009 that the 33-year-old made his first appearance and took 35 wickets till 2011, playing chief roles in the yellow army’s two title wins in 2010 and 2011. In 139 matches so far, Ashwin has 125 scalps while maintaining an economy rate of 6.79.
Ricky Ponting labelled Ashwin and Rahane as a class and long-standing players in the Indian squad. Ponting went on to admire their grace, skill, and most of all, experience, which is equally instrumental in the shortest format. The Tasmanian added that the elusive pair would be a massive assist to a young skipper in Shreyas Iyer. Ajinkya Rahane came from Rajasthan Royals while Ravichandran Ashwin arrived from Kings XI Punjab, a franchise he captained previously.
“Ashwin has been one of the most successful spinners in IPL history. Both of them are class players, and have been long-term Indian players. Rahane has led Rajasthan for a long time as well.
“They have all sorts of skill, class and experience which they’ll add to our squad. We all know how important experience is in T20 cricket, and we understand that. We’ve got a young captain in Shreyas, but to have those older, more experienced minds on the ground will help us a lot,” Ricky Pointing said.
The attitude from the start has been amazing: Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting further said that the attitude of the players has remained fantastic while admitting that their practice session was hot and draining. However, after enjoying an excellent last season, he feels delighted to be back in the fold. The two-time World Cup-winner lauded the Delhi Capitals’ camp better than any other.
“The attitude from the start has been amazing, and today was no exception. It was hot and quite draining for the players but coming off on the back of a good season last year.
“you would expect the mood to be upbeat – and I was delighted to see that and it felt awesome to be back in the team environment, and I think there’s no better place than to be in the Delhi Capitals camp at the moment,” the 45-year-old added.