IPL 2017: Ponting Concerned About Smith Captaincy Workload

The former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting has raised his voice concern over national Steve Smith captaincy workload leading Rising Pune Supergiants in the ongoing tenth season of the Indian Premier League 2017.

Smith has already led Australia as captaincy about all three formats of the game. When quoted whether RPS captaincy would do something positive for Smith.

The 42-year-old former Australian skipper Ponting said “I’m not so sure. Knowing how taxing the captaincy can be, to be captain of three teams for Australia is hard enough. And when you’ve got another couple of months of captaincy and responsibility on top of that, it’s actually quite interesting to see how that will all play out.”

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Ponting confessed that Smith has managed the workload good-looking so far, Ponting could remember that he sought the current captain to leave T20 captaincy a year back.

When quoted by Sport24, he said “I came out more than 12 months ago now and (said)… for Steve Smith’s best interests, I thought to stand down from the Australian T20 captaincy and have a little bit of a break away from all the extra stuff that you have to do might be a good thing for him mentally.”

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He added, “But he seems to be coping pretty well with everything at the moment. But we’ll wait and see how that plays out.”

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Ponting said that Smith has the ability to think ahead of the game, “The art of captaincy in the T20 game is staying an over or two ahead of the game and I think he does that particularly well.”

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He added, “That’s why he’s had the success that he’s had as a player. Even with his Test batting, he’s thinking ahead of the game. That will hold him in great stead … if he keeps thinking like that then he’ll have great success (as a captain).”

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