Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels Australia lacks a ‘finisher’ in their squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
He said that the Australian team needs someone like former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni or all-rounder Hardik Pandya as he believes the Aussies don’t have many experienced players in their squad ahead of the mega event as well. Ponting also feels that preparing a reliable middle or lower-order batsman who can keep wickets could help them as well.
“The spot they (Australia) have always been worried about is that finishing role. It’s a very specialist position to be able to go in with three of four overs to go, with 50 runs needed and be able to do it,” Ricky Ponting was quoted as saying.
“Dhoni has been in that one spot his whole career and no wonder he’s so good at it. Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard are similar – these guys continually win games of cricket for their country and in the IPL, they’re used to going in batting at those spots,” he further added.
Meanwhile, Ponting, who has been coaching Delhi Capitals in the recently suspended Indian Premier League, has said that one of the reasons for Australia not having a good ‘finisher’ was that all of their best batsmen play in the top order in Big Bash League.
“So you’ve actually got no one that’s consistently batting in that area. That’s what we’ve got to find,” said the legendary batsman. “Is it going to be (Glenn) Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh that are going to finish the games, is it going to be (Marcus) Stoinis? I think that’s the area that they’re more worried about.”
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Meanwhile, Marcus Stoinis has got the success while batting lower down the order under Ponting’s guidance at the Delhi Capitals in the cash-rich league as well.
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“I saw Stoinis at Delhi last year, he’s opened the last few years of BBL and done a great job for the Melbourne Stars, but I needed someone that could finish games for us and he won two or three games off his own bat. So, it’s there – but they will get better at it the more they do it. How they find a way for these guys to do it more, I’m not sure,” said Ricky Ponting who is currently in quarantine in Sydney after returning from the now-suspended T20 league as well.
“The keeper-batsman is probably the slot they’d be losing the most sleep over right now…’who is going to be standing behind the stumps with the gloves on’? They have tried a few blokes – (Matthew) Wade has been there, (Josh) Phillipe has just played as a batter, Alex Carey has been in and out and tried in a few different batting spots. Josh Inglis’ name could be thrown into the ring as well – I really liked what I saw from him batting in the middle order in last summer’s BBL,” he again shared.
Ricky Ponting further added: “He (Inglis) plays spin really well and you think about where the World Cup is going to be (in India or the UAE), he could be a name that could come up (for selection).”
While the BCCI has decided to host the remaining Indian Premier League in the UAE, a call will be taken soon on the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in India in October-November this year.