Shane Warne Question’s Ponting’s Inclusion In IPL

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Shane Warne, the former Australian bowler has reportedly asked Ricky Ponting’s inclusion in the Indian Premier League. 

Ricky Ponting has been appointed as the assistant coach of the Australian cricket team for World Cup 2019. Therefore, Shane Warne has suggested the authorities to rethink the matter over conflict of interest issue. Shane Warne, in this regard, has shared examples of Indian coaches being barred to participate in IPL due to conflict of interest. According to him, Ricky Pointing should be treated in the same manner after his association with the national team of Australia.

Shane Warne Question's Ponting's Inclusion In IPL
Shane Warne Question’s Ponting’s Inclusion In IPL (Image- Getty Images)

The Backstory

The spin maestro, Share Warne is the brand ambassador of Rajasthan Royals whereas the former captain of Australia, Ricky Ponting coaches Delhi Capitals in IPL. The legends have been teammates for a good number of periods and have immense contribution to the legendary cricket status of Australia.

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Earlier this month Australia Cricket Board appointed Ricky Ponting as an assistant Coach to focus on Australia’s ODI World Cup campaign. He will be mostly working on the batting sector to help Aussies in England.

Referring to this, in an interview with Mumbai Mirror Shane Warne said, 

“Look, Virat Kohli is the captain of a team and Rohit Sharma is the captain of another side. They will have players from other countries who are bound for the World Cup. So that does not bother me.”

Shane Warne Feels Unfair

According to Warne, this would be unfair to the Indian cricketers who faced this scenario earlier.

“But on the first point, (and) this is not for me to say, but if the BCCI decides Ravi Shastri cannot be part of the IPL, then I don’t see how Ricky can be.”

Rahul Dravid, for the same reason, left the coaching of Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals) earlier. BCCI mentioned how the national coaches would not be part of IPL due to conflict of interest. Shane Warne has shared his opinion in the same line and asked Ponting’s association in IPL.

IPL 2019 will begin on March 23 and BCCI is yet to disclose the schedule. It will be interesting to see if Ponting decides to respond on the same. BCCI is also expected to throw some light on the matter as Warne has some valid point.

Ponting To Join Australian Crikcet Team As Assistant Coach

Ponting To Join Australian Crikcet Team As Assistant Coach

Former Australia Captain Ricky Ponting will join Australia’s coaching staff for the World Cup in England this year. He will be working alongside coach Justin Langer as an assistant coach during Australia’s quest for sixth World Cup Title.

According to interim High-Performance Executive General Manager Belinda Clark,

“With two major events back to back we believe it is important to focus at the number of staff specifically on one event. The appointment of Ricky is a part of this overall strategy.” He added, “Ricky will assist Justin across a number of key areas including strategy and game-plan, but he will also work closely with and mentor the batting group as they prepare for the English conditions.”

Under Ponting, Australia won the World Cup twice in 2003 and 2007. he was also a part of the World Cup winning squad in 1999. The coach, Justin Langer believes his expertise will be helpful for Australia to defend the title.

“Ricky knows what’s required to win World Cups, and I know he will be a valuable mentor to not just the batting group, but the broader squad as we focus our attention on defending our World Cup title,” Langer said in a statement. 

Ponting previously worked short-term with Australia’s ODI and Twenty20 squads.

He said, “I’ve enjoyed my previous short-term roles with the ODI and T20 teams, but World Cups take on a whole different meaning for me.” He showed his confidence in the Aussie squad and said, “I have enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team.”

On the other hand, David Saker resigned as Australia’s fast-bowling coach with immediate effect. Troy Cooley will serve a temporary bowling coach on upcoming limited-overs tours of India and the UAE. According to reports, Aussie legend Jason Gillespie is the most probable name for Australia’s long-term bowling coach position. 

Regarding Ponting’s appointment, Belinda Clark mentioned,

“This appointment also provides an opportunity for Graeme Hick to focus on preparation for the Ashes.”

The 34-year old will be coaching the newly named Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League in April and May before joining Australia’s squad. Australia’s World Cup campaign will start on June 1 with their first encounter against Afghanistan in Bristol.

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India’s 5th Test Victory In Australia

India's 5th Test Victory In Australia

After a thrilling Sydney test match, 2008 that India lost with few minutes of the last hour remaining on the final day Perth test became a stage for India to bounce back. 

On January 19, 2008, India won their 5th test match on Australian soil in Perth. The victory was significant and vital for the Indian team due to a lot of reasons.


Ricky Ponting, Sydney Test 2008 (Image – ESPNCRICINFO)

2008 Sydney test match saw one of the most controversial encounters between India and Australia. On the 5th day of the match, Australia scored 333 runs and declared innings just before the lunch. With only two sessions left to chase that massive target, India lost 3 quick wickets including Laxman and Tendulkar with just 54 on the board, although one of those was on a No-ball. Dravid and Ganguly batted together for more than 15 overs and added 61 runs. Then Dravid was given out caught-behind when his bat was nowhere close to the ball. Few overs later Ganguly was given out caught in the slip but the catch by Michael Clarke was not at all conclusive. But instead of checking with the third umpire, Mark Benson checked with Ricky Ponting and gave out. India collapsed at the last moment and got all out with just 9 minutes of play remaining. Later in the post-match press session a visibly upset Indian captain Anil Kumble asked a question on Australian team’s integrity. In fact, BCCI made an official complaint about incompetent umpiring.

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During the same match, Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds went into racism controversy. The entire scenario is known as the ‘Monkeygate’ saga almost threatened to affect the relations between the two countries.

Perth Test

When men in blue appeared for the Perth test match, they were definitely not in the best of their mental state. However, Indians were keen to prove their metal with an inspired performance which could have been the best possible reply to the yellow brigade. Elected to bat first India were soon 59 for 2 when Rahul Dravid took the charge. Rahul Dravid (93) and Sachin Tendulkar (71) with a steady contribution from lower order helped India to reach 330. The partnership of 139 between Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar was all that India required at that stage. In reply, Australia were all out for 212. Only Symonds (66) and Gilchrist (55) could perform decently against India’s outstanding bowling. Only RP Singh took 4 wickets in the first innings and secured a 118 lead for India.

Ishant Sharma Troubling Ponting, Perth Test 2008 (Image- AFP)

India were struggling in the second innings when VVS Laxman again showed his very very special skill against Australia and scored an elegant 79. Indians finally put a target of 413 for the mighty Australians.  Indian bowling side had everything in store to trouble Ponting and co. Irfan Pathan was devastating. He picked up the openers in Australia’s both innings and finished the match with 5 wicket haul. A young, 18-year old Ishant Sharma’s spell kept troubling Ponting and gave him memories that he would probably never forget. The angry Indian captain poured all he had on the track and took four wickets in the match and joined the club of 600 wicket takers along with Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan. Australia kept trying to defend but in the end, on day five, 19th Jan, India won the match by 72 runs.

This was a much-needed victory for the Indian team after those couple of troubled weeks. This was even the first win for any sub-continental team at Perth and a memorable comeback for India in the series. In fact, this was the second time that India denied a consecutive 17 test win for Australia after they did the same in 2001 Kolkata test.