IPL winner Ricky Ponting keen to continue his commentary stints
Notwithstanding his successful IPL stint with champions Mumbai Indians, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is not tempted at Big Bash coaching roles for now and is keen to concentrate on his commentary assignments for Channel Ten in the Australian T20 league.
Ponting, who was the head coach of the star-studded MI support staff, reinforced his status as a respected tactician after leading the Rohit Sharma-led side to its second IPL title in his first stint as the team’s coach.
But the 40-year-old, it seems, is committed to his commentary stints in the Big Bash league rather than eyeing vacant coaching positions in BBL sides’ New South Wales and Sydney Sixers.
The batting legend had confirmed that coaching was a profession he might eventually consider and the MI stint has certainly got the sportsperson in him alive and kicking.
“You never say never, as far as these bigger jobs are concerned, and all of sudden ... with a few wins for the team in the IPL people are starting to talk about me being a future international coach, or whatever else,” Ponting had told ESPNcricinfo.
“The game is in my blood and competing is in my blood. I want to do the best I can do to keep enjoying that competitive <g data-gr-id="22">feeling,</g> because a couple of years out of the game with no cricket (was a difficult transition). You can’t go from being such a high-level performer and competitor to nothing. You’ve got to have something competitive like that (IPL) in your life.”