With Rahul Dravid taking over as head coach from Ravi Shastri, a new era in Indian cricket has begun. Dravid, one of the greatest hitters of all time, has also demonstrated his worth as a mentor. As a result, he has a lot riding on him. The previous Indian captain, however, does not appear to have been the first choice to lead the national side.

Ricky Ponting, a former Australian captain, has announced that he has been given the position of head coach of India’s men’s team for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Even the people who approached him were ‘quite hell-bent’ on getting him on board, according to the cricket star. However, he declined the offer due to concerns over his workload. Ponting also stated that he did not want to leave his IPL franchise or Channel 7 jobs. “However, [in this position], I spend 300 days a year in India. Look, I had a few talks with a couple of individuals about it during the IPL,” Ponting stated on The Grade Cricketer podcast.

“You know, the people I spoke to were pretty hell-bent on trying to figure out a way to make it work because the first thing I said was, ‘I just can’t give up that time, it will mean I can’t coach in the IPL, it will mean I’ll have to give up [Channel] 7 stuff in the summer, it just can’t work,'” he continued.

Ponting has done a commendable job as the head coach of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals, for the uninitiated. Since 2019, the Delhi-based team has qualified for the playoffs three times in a row, including a first-ever final appearance in 2020. Ponting also worked with current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in DC during the 2019 season when the latter was a team mentor.