Rohit Sharma is one of the best limited-overs batsmen in modern-day cricket with three double centuries and four tons in ODIs and T20Is respectively. Recently, Rohit was asked to pick the best coach that he has played under and to everyone's surprise, it is not his childhood coach Dinesh Lad.
During his recent one-on-one live interaction with former English skipper Kevin Pietersen on social media, the Indian limited-overs vice-captain went on to say that it was very difficult to pick a single favorite out of all his coaches as each one of them brought something unique to the table.
Rohit Sharma then revealed that former Australia skipper and multiple-time world champion Ricky Ponting was simply 'magical' for him because of how the two-time World Cup-winning skipper had handled the Mumbai Indians team in IPL sessions. Ponting, who was the skipper of the four-time IPL champions in the first half, had handed over the reins to Sharma in the second.
Rohit also added that the Australian legend was still very involved as a member of the support staff and was not only helping all the youngsters but was also guiding Rohit through the captaincy. Rohit said that he still has a lot to learn from him and added that Ponting as a coach was a different person altogether.
Mumbai Indians went on to win their maiden IPL title in 2013 and Sharma led MI to all of their four IPL title triumphs. The dashing Indian opener had also won an IPL trophy in 2009 when he was representing the now-defunct Deccan Chargers.
As per reports, the stakeholders are looking at the September-November window later this year to make the IPL 2020 season happen. The organisers are keen on having a go at this plan even if it’s a short season without foreign players.
If IPL 2020 indeed takes place without overseas players, there are fears that the tournament may lose its charm. According to a BCCI official, it would be exactly like another Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy if the foreign cricketers don’t play their part in IPL 2020.
However, the IPL officials are still optimistic and are hopeful that the presence of top India stars at the IPL 2020 will be enough to attract the fans to the stadiums.