Former Australian world cup winning captain – Ricky Ponting has displayed his support for Aaron Finch, in spite a poor run of games with the bat, which has caused many cricket fans to question his position in the national side, especially with the ICC Cricket World Cup close to initiation.
“He’s been Australia’s best performed one-day batsman in the last couple of seasons. He’s made more hundreds than anybody else,” Ponting expressed.
“Although he’s recently gone through a real tough time, if he can get through the other side of that before the World Cup, it could be – as hard as it sounds on him – it almost could be perfect timing. He’d rather be going through that now than going through that at the start of the World Cup and having your captain completely out of form going through an entire World Cup,” he added.
Though Finch hasn’t been able to impress much with the willow, his captaincy has indeed paid dividends for Australia in the past couple of months as they managed to beat India in the T20I series, which was followed by their recent triumph in the ODI series by 3-2.
“His captaincy, from what I’ve seen in the last few months even though he hasn’t been batting that well, has looked really sharp and he’s going to have a great squad of players. He’s the man, for me, to captain Australia throughout hopefully a successful World Cup campaign,” Ponting further added.
“Tactically what I’ve seen, he’s looked sharp,” he said. “It’s always a challenge (for) the captain, if you’re not going well yourself, to not let anybody know that it’s affecting you.”
“It always affects you as a player when you’re having a bad trot, but the best leaders that I’ve ever seen have been the guys that haven’t got too high when they’ve been going too well, and haven’t got too low when they’ve been going poorly,” he added.
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