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Ponting wants Mumbai Indians to get off to a good start in IPL

Ponting wants Mumbai Indians to get off to a good start in IPL
Ricky Ponting was the coach of the Mumbai Indians when they won the IPL last year.
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Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who is currently the head coach of the Mumbai Indians side in the Indian Premier League (IPL) wants the team to get off to a winning start in the upcoming season.

After a poor start in the early stages of the tournament, Mumbai Indians put together a string of superlative performances to go on to win the final, securing their second title.

Citing the team’s poor start in the previous season, Ponting is hopeful that with the kind of preparation the side is currently undergoing, they can get off to a better start compared to 2015.

“It doesn’t really matter what happened last year now, it’s about us putting together a competitive team and making sure were ready to go for the first game,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.

“We thought they were ready to go for the first game last year but it took a little while for us to click into gear.

“You have watched us train today – the boys have put in and worked hard.

“Since I arrived last week we have had some tough training sessions and I’m really excited the way the boys have been preparing.

“Over the next couple of days the crux of our squad will arrive and we can start the final preparations from then on and hopefully improve on our start last season.”

Mumbai Indians boast of a hugely talented coaching staff with Ponting as the head coach while Robin Singh, Shane Bond and Jonty Rhodes are the batting, bowling and fielding coaches respectively.

Stating that he likes the technical aspect of the coaching job, Ponting also lauded the support staff including Rhodes and Bond.

“I’m a very hands-on coach.

“It’s almost like I’m living out my playing days out there again.

“I love the technical and mental side of batting.

“I’ve got some great staff around me as well in Jonty (Rhodes) and ‘Bondy’ (Shane Bond).

“I make sure they look after their own departments.

“Obviously, as a head coach I have the final say and I like to get out there and do as much coaching as I can.”

The 41-year-old, who was one of the most prolific run scorers in his era across formats, believes that technique has a huge role to play in Twenty20 cricket.

“A lot can be changed in terms of technique still.

“Plenty of this T20 games comes down to having the skill and being able to execute it at the exact moment.

“It is about having the trust and belief in yourself to execute it and that’s what training is all about.

“We prepare for different situations and that is where a slight technical adjustment might be handy for a player.”

Mumbai Indians begin their IPL campaign at home with the tournament opener against the Rising Pune Supergiants on 9th April.

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