IPL 2024: Ishant Sharma reveals his special bond with his ‘elder brother’ Ricky Ponting

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Ishant Sharma, the veteran fast bowler for Delhi Capitals (DC), has opened up about his special bond with DC’s head coach, Ricky Ponting. This revelation came after Ishant’s match-winning spell against LSG during Match 64 of IPL 2024.

The bond between Ishant Sharma and Ricky Ponting

Ishant and Ponting’s relationship is a fascinating one, considering their history on the cricket field. Ishant, early in his Test career, had several memorable battles with Ponting, the then Australian captain. One of the most iconic moments was Ishant’s spell at the WACA in 2008, where he dismissed Ponting, leaving an indelible mark in cricket history.

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Despite their on-field rivalry, Ishant and Ponting have developed a close relationship off the field. Ponting, appreciating Ishant’s performance, recalled their battles and spoke about the camaraderie they share. He stated, “We were fierce competitors on the field… It’s been a pleasure to coach and work with him. He’s a great guy, we’ve actually become very close. We’ve got great respect for one another. He’s been a terrific leader of this bowling attack for the last four-five years.”

Ishant Sharma reciprocated the sentiment, referring to Ponting as his elder brother. He said, “We’re not coach and player anymore, he’s a kind of elder brother to me. He’s always there whenever I need him, I can call him anytime. I think it’s very great to have him as a coach. If you have someone like him who really pushes you to keep on trying new things and don’t be afraid if you don’t do well.”

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This bond between Ishant Sharma and Ponting signifies the spirit of cricket, transcending national boundaries and competitive rivalries. Their relationship highlights the mutual respect and admiration that can exist between players, even those who were once fierce competitors. It also underscores the importance of mentorship in sports, where experienced players like Ponting can guide and inspire younger ones like Ishant.

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Teja Devathoti
Teja Devathoti
Sports Content Writer at Swen Entertainment. Teja Devathoti has done his Bachelors in Commerce. He previously worked at Amazon as an associate in Operations. He has been a passionate follower of Cricket and other Sports since his childhood and this was the major reason to shift his career path to content creation because of its story-telling ability. He has a great desire to travel to all corners of the world covering various sports. Other than watching sports, Teja has a keen interest in Travelling, Music and Singing. His favourite cricket memory is India winning the 50 over World Cup and the great man Sachin Tendulkar achieving his biggest dream in his home ground.

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