SPORT-IPL-PONTING 3 LT(SPB5)

first_imgPonting said Jos Butler, wicketkeeper of England team Ponting said Jos Butler, wicketkeeper of England team which lost the WT20 final against West Indies in Kolkata, is focused on doing well for the Mumbai Indians. “It was Butlers first session yesterday. He is focused on doing well for MI as well,” said Ponting. “I did not watch every game in WT20. Watched semifinal and final. Look at what Carlos Brathwaite did. You dont see that often. The two teams that played the final had unbelievable batting depth, till no. 9 or 10.” Ponting, however, ruled out making any attempt to get the India coachs job in the immediate future with team director Ravi Shastris tenure ending after the WT20 championship. “I love teaching younger players. (But) Its a matter of time coaching an international team takes up. I have a young family. I travelled around the world as a player. I really enjoy spending quality time with family. “Its probably unlikely over the next short period of time to consider an international (coaching) job. I will think about it later,” said the 41-year-old former batsman, who had scored 27,000 runs in Tests and ODIs combined together. Ponting also said it will be great if another Hardik Pandya can be unearthed in MI. “It will be great to unearth someone like Hardik Pandya last year. Nitish Rana had a good domestic season. Theres Nathu Singh.” Talking about Australias poor outing in WT20, Ponting said his country lost out on grabbing key moments in important games against India and New Zealand. “They have been disappointing in the last two tournaments. On paper they looked as if they would move into the last stages. They did not nail down the crucial moments in the games, including the game against India. There are enough good players but failure to nail those key moments cost them in the end,” insisted Ponting. Brushing aside talks about imminent death of Test cricket in the wake of the T20 wave, Ponting said, “Im very much a traditionalist. I am a little bit old school. Players will be always be judged on how good a Test player they have been.” PTI SSR DK CM CM BASadvertisementlast_img read more