Sourav Ganguly breaks the ice on Ricky Ponting for India's coaching role

Sourav Ganguly Breaks the Ice on Ricky Ponting for Team India’s Coaching Role

Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly, IPL 2019, Delhi Capitals, India, Coaching
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

So far, so good. The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals have looked a different team altogether for the ongoing IPL 2019 season. Owing to Capitals’ meteoric rise, the credit equally goes to the head coach Ricky Ponting and team advisor Sourav Ganguly. Well, there’s a rumour doing rounds that former Australian skipper Ponting could be a next coach for Team India following the contract culmination of Ravi Shastri after the completion of the ICC World Cup 2019.

On such lines, former Indian skipper Ganguly believes he could be a potential candidate for the coaching role. As many have also knitted the dream of seeing India playing under the tutelage of veteran Ponting.

However, Ponting’s pep talk and invaluable inputs bore fruits for the Delhi-based franchise.

Ganguly believes Ponting can be a great candidate:

Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting, IPL 2019, India
Ganguly has worked in tandem with Ponting. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Given to the credentials of Ponting, Ganguly believes there is no doubt on it, but one is supposed to ask him if he is willing to stay with the team for a maximum period of nine months.

“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 told Cricbuzz.

The duo has motivated the Capitals’ team which has already made it to the playoffs. With both sharing a camaraderie, the pair has received admiration for their professional job.

Following a no-show in the eleventh edition of the IPL, Capitals swung fortunes this team around by contributing in a best possible way.

Interestingly, since 2012, they’ve made it to the knockout stage following eight victories in 12 matches. The potential players have raised a bar by playing outstanding cricket to give Delhi a significant chance to be finish in top two teams in league stage fixtures.

With Kagiso Rabada being the frontrunner, Shikhar Dhawan has scored runs to give a steady start. Rabada has so far claimed 25 wickets under his belt.

Ganguly on his friendship with Punter:

Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly, IPL 2019, Delhi Capitals, India
Both led their respective teams during their heydays. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

With both sharing a camaraderie, the duo has received admiration for their professional job.

While speaking about his friendship with Australian counterpart, Ganguly revealed there were the times when they were the rivals, but they now have a strong bond.

He has heaped praise on Ponting’s work ethic while adding the results are paying off.

“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,” Ganguly inferred.

Meanwhile, Delhi will take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) at home on Saturday (May 4).

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor