Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Jaipur

Openers haven't done the job - Ponting

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 18, 2013

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Ricky Ponting has said his and Sachin Tendulkar's low returns for Mumbai Indians have affected the team's batting in the tournament. The openers have put together two half-century stands, but thrice the team has lost its first wicket in the first over. Ponting has scored 52 runs in five innings and Tendulkar 69. Asked about Tendulkar's batting form, Ponting said it has been "no different than mine".

Mumbai Indians made another false start against Rajasthan Royals in a chase of 180 as the openers were out early - Tendulkar in the first over and Ponting in the third - to offspinner Ajit Chandila.

"The two guys at the top of the order haven't done the job required off them by the team," Ponting said. "We are five games into the tournament; both of us need to play better. If we want to continue winning games and if we want to be the team at the end of it that holds the trophy up, then you need everyone in the team performing more often than not. Neither of us has played as well as we would have liked. I'd expect a lot from myself from the first few games compared to what I have delivered."

Royals, led by an unbeaten half-century by Ajinkya Rahane, put up a challenging total, but Mumbai Indians' innings fizzled early as Royals took the pace off the ball with the use of spinners and medium-pacers. At 61 for 5 in the 13th over, they had lost all their in-form batsmen. Ponting, however, didn't blame the pitch.

"The wicket was good, as you can see by the first innings of the game," he said. "It is fair to say that the wicket did a little bit in the second innings, but it always looks that way when the batting is under pressure. So we can't blame the conditions."

Ponting also added that the team could make some changes now. "We will think about mixing and matching, reorder a bit. I talked to the coaches before this game about making sure our guys in the middle order get a fair bit of batting early in the tournament, because guys like Rayudu haven't had much of batting yet."

Royals' offspinner Chandila, who took a hat-trick last season, opened the bowling and was instrumental in putting early pressure with the wickets of Tendulkar and Ponting. He said the wickets were like a "dream come to true" for him.

"Taking the wickets of two legends of the game is like a double hat-trick for me, " Chandila told IPLT20.com. "I still cannot believe this has happened, I feel I am in some sort of dream. I just cannot express how I feel. My hands and feet are cold at the moment. As a bowler, I cannot ask for anything more.

"Rahul Dravid sir is like God for me. He just placed his hands on my head before the first over and said, 'Ajit, you will bowl well. Just be confident when you are bowling and the rest will take care of itself.' Those words were in my head as I went to bowl."

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Posted by MansoorKoondhar on (April 22, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

having a skipper who doesnt deserve to b in the eleven! what else will u say? With all the due respect for Pondulkar pair, the fact is, u cant remain young forever. its because of them that a player like Pollard gets balls to play in single digit!!!

Posted by Johnny_129 on (April 20, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

For my money, MI is still most likely to win the IPL. Tendulkar looks likely to score runs - he has been run-out cheaply in two of his innings. Both SRT and Ponting will come good at business end.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

The problem with MI remains that Tendulkar is the shadow captain, his influence still permeates the decision making process. The good thing is that Ricky Ponting will bring a no-nonsense and result oriented approach to the team. However its quite clear that Tendulkar's time is up and so is Ponting's...they both seem to have lost the ability to strike the ball hard and seem to be just forcing it.Although MI may bounce back in the next game they still look strategically weak in crunch games.

Posted by DILEEPMJOHN on (April 19, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Well no point in simply saying like take Maxwell instead of ponting himself, drop tendulkar down the order etc. These doesnt make sense. Ponting is a class player and is expected to deliver any time.Ponting by now got more exposed to conditions, understood mistakes and next couple of matches he should be playing and hope he rectifies his mistakes and try score bit fast. This is important because otherwise it puts pressure on Sachin to score in such a fast pace which is not comfortable with Sachin. Last IPLs at times Dwayne Smith provided fireworks up the order. Sachin should never be dropped down the order because he has been playing the shorter format of the game for 2 decades in opening slot and he is best there. The Team line up can be Sachin Smith/Hughes/Bllizard(Smith prefered because he is confident in Spin and have IPL opening experience) Ponting Karthick Rohit Pollard Rayudu Harbajan Ojha Munaf/kulkarani Malinga

Posted by myr070 on (April 19, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Sachin T - Bat D.Smith - Bowl / Bat D.Karthik - Bat Rohit S - Bat G.Maxwell - Bowl / Bat A. Rayudu - Bat K.Pollard - Bowl / Bat Suryakumar Yadav - Bat Johnson / Malinga - Bowl Harbhajan - Bowl Munaf P / R.Dhawan - Bowl

Team shuld be like dis fr nxt match......

Posted by ManiVasantha on (April 19, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Hi Ricky, Please change the opening partner to Sachin by Smith.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

From the last few games, it is well known that Ponting can not perform as a opener at this age. So Dwayne Smith has to replace Ponting. Smith is a great all-rounder too.

Posted by MySayOnThIs on (April 18, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

well can u make anil kumble play for MI ????? Kumble/Harbhajan both shud be playin with Rayadu/Sachin Opening followed by Dinesh Karthik then Ponting Pollard Rohit Sharma

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

M I need to open the innings with Dwayne Smith and Tendulkar . It look like M I technical staff didn't watch the I P l last season .

Posted by farhan_arshi on (April 18, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

Correction to my last comment. It should read 'A season earlier than the match about which you are talking'

Posted by RMR11 on (April 18, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

@Roget, how can you drop Ponting. He is one of the legends of the world cricket. Dont forget that has has won two consecutive world cups for Austrailia. Please have some respect for such great players and think twice before you me such comments.

Posted by farhan_arshi on (April 18, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

@Brutalanalyst- Really? The only 10 wicket victory in ipl till date?? Well there have been quite a few to be precise.

And here is the link when Mumba Indians were handed 10 wicket defeat by Rajasthan Royals themselves. A season earlier than th


Posted by roget on (April 18, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

I wish Sachin and Ponting could sit out...and there could be entry of Maxwell and Surya Kumar Yadav...how can MI owners take Pointing at this age for ipl

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

1 ---- sachin and smith/franklin shld be open d innings. 3 ----- ponting. 4 -------- karthik. then asusal same order.harbajan out and ojha in.bowling shld be off stick line/wicket taking delivery, no toss and bouncer. motivation from fans and confidence will go to final. all d best. still lot more in ipl6.

Posted by Ross_the_Boss on (April 18, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Punter should take a 2 game break and open with Smith and Sachin followed by Karthik, R Sharma and Pollard.

Posted by rosh280 on (April 18, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

the problem is not with openers but with the way final eleven is selected. they have some great alrounders but they did nt use them properly. mumbai indians have great players. the right mix of players are needed. I feel if they use this eleven they would win all the remaining matches with satisfaction. my eleven goes in order sachin, surya kumar yadav, ponting,rohit sharma, dinesh karthik, ambati rayudu, jalaj saxena, keiron pollard, lasit malinga, james franklin/ mitchel johnson/jacob oram, pragyan ojha/ munaf patel.surya kumar yadav is a great alrounder he should open with sachin. they both should concentrate to give initial good start probably 50 runs in first 6 overs. the best order should be 1. sachin 2. surya yadav 3. rohit sharma4. ponting 5. dinesh karthik 6. ambati rayudu 7. keiron pollard 8. jalaj saxena 9. james franklin/ mitchel johnson/ jacob oram 10. lasit malinga 11. pragyan ojha/ munaf patel. surya kumar yadav and jalaj saxena are the great alrounders. MI will win.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 18, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Dwayne Smith was the best opener M.I used and he brought the best out of Sachin they complemented each other perfectly. Remember end of last season when they beat RR by 10 wickets. The only 10 wicket victory in IPL still to this day - http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/match/548377.html

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

For gods sake don't ask Dinesh Kartik to open the innings. He has been the only bright spot in the rather dark sky. Let him be where he is. Ponting shd rather be dropping himself for the next couple of games to see how Maxwell fits in. Plus don't bring back Munaf, instead use Dhawal in place of Harbhajan. Get rid of Mitchell and bring in Dwayne Smith.

Posted by cric_fan123 on (April 18, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Wait what? He did not, he just dint. How can Ponting expect Tendulkar to score? Did he forget Tendulkar is god. No one questions him. Even if he hasnt score a Test ton for over 2 yrs he can literally walk into the Indian team. This puny IPL should be no matter. /sarc off/ Ponting should start counting his days as captain after what he has done.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

"Its early days in the tournament" Those are the words that keep coming up often after a loss. Yes it could be early days and yes it cushions the fall, but IPL is a tournament where the points table and run rates fluctuates every day. if you're not careful you'll be playing catching up.

As a lover of the sport, I hope to see teams not fall back on the cushion of "there's still time" but make some had decisions and get back to winning ways. That's when those who make time to see their heroes feel, its all been worth it and we'll do it all over again.

Posted by bleedblue_sach on (April 18, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

C'mon guys, IPL is a business. If MI rest Sachin, they will lose bulk of Money. Sachin is such a crowd puller.... though he won't perform, people will come to ground just to see him. Resting Sachin is far beyond IPL!!!!

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Change in batting order ? Change in batting line-up is what is needed, only a complete idiot would play Ponting His IPL career stats are average of 10 at a strike rate of 70, this year it is average of 10.4 with SR of 69, while I respect him as one of the greatest Test batsmen, he has no place even in my club t20 side !

Posted by Paddy789 on (April 18, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Among all the retiered, and aged 35+ players Rahul Dravid is doing really well, hats off to RD. Keep rocking man, I am a great fan of yours!!!!

Posted by warun_sharma on (April 18, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Best captains for us 1.Dada 2.Kapil 3.Azhar 4.Rahul 5.Dhoni , please send your comments, thanks

Posted by RTR160 on (April 18, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Dravid Rocks ...........

"Rahul Dravid sir is like God for me. He just placed his hands on my head before the first over and said, 'Ajit, you will bowl well. Just be confident when you are bowling and the rest will take care of itself.' Those words were in my head as I went to bowl."

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

A change in batting order is the need of the hourfor Mumbai Indians if they are keep their heads high in the tournament. Ambati Rayudu & Dinesh Karthik can take up this job. Both are good strikers of ball and can give a flying start required.Ponting & Sachin can demote themselves to no.3 & no.4 respectively.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (April 18, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Both openers in T20 cricket need to fire and if one gets out early other is also affected till the next batsman settles in. Please do not move Karthik from his number 3 position, he is in good form and he likes batting at number 3. Sachin and Pointing need to find their rhythm sooner before its too late for Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians bowing is also not good and needs improvement.

Posted by foxxxxx on (April 18, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

Looking at the comments here I find it really hard to digest the fickle nature of so called cricket fans(it definitely includes me too!!).Many of us haven't played cricket for our college let alone at a club level.Let me get some points clear here first: 1.MI have played five matches and won three and are played fourth in the table!not bad by any stretch of imagination. 2.They have lost only one match badly and the desire to compete fades away once you lose early wickets chasing a huge target,making the margin look even more huge. There is no need for any change so drastically.Its wiser to stick to the same team and back them up.:Sachin is a decent atatcking option at the top of the order with a strike rate in the mide 120s and he has proven it year after year.Its just that he has been getting out too soon to false shots which can happen to any attacking batsman. Ponting brings in the much needed discipline and his captaincy skills much needed for winning the trophy!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 18, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

A lot of 'people' will be absolutely delighted to see both T'dulkar and Punter walk out to open for MI. I mean those 'people' are all those opposing teams who play MI next in IPL .If these 2 manage to scratch around for 7-8 overs the bowling team have 50% of the game in their hands already.And the rest depends on their relative team skills which you back any team bar PWI see off MI easily. 1 thing is for sure MI have won a few games till now and they are not going to add a lot to those in the W coloum in table and yet another flop season for perennial IPL 'heavyweights' beckons . Punter in his best dreams wont make any team in IPL mega auctions next year...wait .. unless MI pull off b2b 'million dollar' rabbits out of the hat of course -:) Well ..as for Tendu you can't imagine anything but him being the 'icon' player for MI again at age 41 !!

Posted by Saffa_1 on (April 18, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Its time for SRT and Ponting to throw in the towel... they have finally run out of gas. Promote some of the youngsters in the MI ranks and you will see development and results

Posted by PMKKR on (April 18, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Very simple change the openers, Bring Dwayne smith as an opener, droped the Johnsonand bring yourself down the order,Mumbai need your captaincy not the batting.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

guys...lets start from the scratch...before ponting leading the side sachin was the man who led the MI to top positions in every ipl season...infact he has the record of most boundary hitter?...you want to drop him?...funny :D...this is sachin's record in IPL before ponting leading the side...in all the past ipl seasons,he played the anchor/key role in every MI matches...he need hitter at the other end not the "pitter"...

Below is sachin's record at IPL(before ponting destroyed the whole MI batting line up)..

Matches: 83 Runs: 2509 Avg: 35 4S: 324 6S: 32

can't paste pontings IPL career record here...;)

Posted by YogifromNY on (April 18, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

With Tendulkar, the situation is like the mice who come up with the idea of belling the cat but then the question becomes, 'Who will bell the cat?' The guy's a legenc, I am a big fan of his, but he is way, w-a-y past his "best by" date and should be asked to retire as it has become super obvious that he won't do it on his own. Even his franchise owners are afraid to do so. But there is a silver lining - Ponting is a typically blunt Aussie player and might be just the person who is not overawed by Tendulkar to suggest the unthinkable. Hopefully, he might even drop him and the team will flourish without him, leading the Indian selectors to have their 'aha' moment and drop him from the national side too! At least Ponting brings aggression and leadership to the side. Tendulkar is contributing NOTHING. Sorry, mate, he's got to go. (From an Indian supporter based in the US.)

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

MI will have to rethink & decide the playing xi, from my perspectice since both Sachin and Ponting are not performing well, voluntarily they have to step down & give chances to youngsters. They have Anil Khumble, John Wright etc as their coach & mentor & i am really surprised how they are still allowing Sachin & Ponting to play in the xi. Bring in Maxwel, push Pollard up the order. If MI do not make changes, they won't be in the top 4 in the points list. (Sorry being a die hard fan of Sachin, it is time he steps out of T20 as well & make way for a youngster)

Posted by Nitintnd on (April 18, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Kohli emerging as most popular player of IPL-6 clearly indicates that people wants to see action packed thriller. . . SRT & RP must think of saying it a good bye else must learn acclimatization in new role from Dravid. I understand many Franchisee Owners too feeling the heat but cant help themselves. . . Do not play on the cost of self enjoyment, people pay hard money & valuable time for quality show.

Posted by fjurang on (April 18, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

As long Ponting and Tendulkar opens for Mumbai Indians the opposition with be the happiest team. Both these guys are looking for singles just to keep them on the non-strike in order survive. By doing so either one gets runout in desperate to get a single. Whether Ponting or Tendulkar choose to play in middle order it will be even worse as during that period you need to accelerate the scoring rate obviously both will fail as they unable to score faster as they as fast fading into the retirement era. In the best interest of Mumbai Indians its better give young blood a chance to prove themselves in the fast past entertainment cricket and send these old legendaries their rightful place in the retirement bench.

Posted by Sandt on (April 18, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

I dont understand people say about tendulkar to retire from Intl cricket.Now let the guy play for IPL.What is the problem with these people.IPL is not even a domestic competition.Why cant these retired guys play in these tournaments.Cricket is their passion and let them enjoy till they want.And if the franchisees dont have any problem why these guys have an issue.And IPL being an enteraining business event presense of all these guys will bring money to these franchisees and supporting sponsors etc.So let us enjoy IPL seeing these guys even if they are not performing also.Dont take IPL as serious cricket.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

Sach and Punter r turning out to be a liability for MI.Let Karthik be one of the openers and Punter can come at 3.There r hardly any fireworks in first 6 overs as batsmen r looking too cautious and eventually getting out. Its sad not to see some best players of T20 format not included in playing 11.Gosh this season is a total boredom except for RR.Each member of this team is contributing for the cause.Well done Rahul sir,you make my faith in RR grow stronger.

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (April 18, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Most Aussie fans will know of Ponting's long-time ambition of being an opening batsman in limited overs cricket - but the truth is he is not really cut out for that role. He would be better in the middle order. But as long as he is captain I am sure he will keep playing himself as an opener and failing.

Posted by gsingh7 on (April 18, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

foreign captains are a big liability . ;look at mathews gilly sanga mahela and now ponting . they bring nothing to team but block one of 4 foreign spots. gony won last match for kings 11 when all gilly huussey and azhars failed. ponting makes mumbai indians weak , drop him and play million dollar man. he will win all future games by himself. he is mvp of ipl.

Posted by CricketAkshay on (April 18, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

Everybody listen. Ponting and Sachin are great cricketers. There's no doubt. However, MI can't afford to lose both of them in quick succession. I therefore request Ponting to bat at No.4, and let somone like or Dwayene Smith open the batting with Sachin. Do you agree with me readers?

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

We are all experts in doing postmartum. Every one understand the limitation of Tendulkar , and still no one has guts to ask him to sit and watch youngsters perform. It doe not mean i am discrediting him, well thefre is some thing known as past , and how long you will repeat the same success story. Also we are fed up of excuses. Pl take a clue from Dravid, i wll suggest the indian team should be handled by Dravid with all the power and trust be you can relax and watch the positive result.

Posted by Herath-UK on (April 18, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Sanga has set a wonderful example for Ponting & Co to drop themselves without being selfish. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by PTtheAxis on (April 18, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

so finally some have realized that playing ponting in the team let alone being the captain is a mistake. all this makes one seriously doubt the intelligence on this planet. if sachin was not enpough of a deadweight they had to bring in another. and funnily these decisions have been taken when kumble is there in special advisory capacity. other than gayle not too many exciting 20-20 players as far as batting is concerned in this ipl. mcullum, luke wright, dwayne smith, tamim iqbal etc are all warming benches when slowpokes poke around for singles. sehwag is just recovering, pieterson is injured ... most of the matches are being played at odi or sometimes even test pace.

Posted by soumyas on (April 18, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

@coolmask, take it easy, what chandila means is, dravid has included in team keeping srisant out and given him a chance to bowl that too at the opening, which got wickets of ponting,tendulkar one cud only dream...So he was saying, dravid was like god in human form for him....Since we never see GOD directly, seeing GOD in someone who help us isn't wrong at all...But calling sachin GOD without getting any direct involvement of sachin looks like childish...

Posted by ajaygodbole on (April 18, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Ponting do a Sanga, let "The Big Show" play. I think MI should tweak the batting order, ponting should bat 3-3 let Rayudu open the innings with Sachin.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

It is time that the concept of 'super substitute' is tried out in IPL. This would solve several issues. Like the issue of dropping Tendulkar or Ponting for eg. If super subs could be allowed, these players could be allowed to bat/bowl a few overs. This would not only help their teams but also satisfy the crowds who want to have a glimpse of these legends. The concept would also make the games more interesting.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (April 18, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Who will be the first franchise who take bold decision to change the overseas captapin! 1. Sanga(SRH) 2. Mathews(PW) 3. Ponting( MI) 4. Jaywardne(Delhi) 5. Gilchrist(PKXI) All of them are non performing assets.. Need Change now

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

I honestly feel Rayudu and Rohit can open the innings and Tendulkar and Ponting can take some rest for the time being and choose two others in the playing XI.

Posted by nalabandian on (April 18, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

ponting shud give up capaincy and give to younger talent like dinesh karthik... thst wud ese a lot of pressure from his shoulders... and probably play better

Posted by phunny_game on (April 18, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

I guess ponting can play freely if there is a good start... SRT and ponting are similar players. They need an attacking batsman at the top. And since Malinga, Johnson, Pollard are all doing well, they can't bring in an overseas player. So only Karthik is left to open. I wouldn't put my money on rohit or Rayadu for the opening slot. Especially Rohit who himself takes some time to settle initially.

And RR, what are they upto... 4 wins outta 5... Doing great, would love to see RD lifting the trophy... But even last time they did well initially, it remains to be seen if they can continue this in the later stages... Hope they can..

Posted by Tabrez_22 on (April 18, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

@jube: "IF" word does not exist in Sports dictionary and the who uses it are not sportsmen. The things which Sachin Tendulkar has achieved something others has not achieved and about playing for lengthier period is also a aspect of sport which the other legends has not achieved due to their reasons. "IF" you considering Tendulkar as liabillty of the team,he has proven it wrong in the past and will do the same in future. He has played enough and listen enough then anyone of us would have to understand whats best for him and most important for the team. Lets just enjoy the legends the show they give us because once they retire,we wont be able to see their flair again on the field.

Posted by satishchandar on (April 18, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Two mistakes MI did.. 1. Pick Punter as opener. 2. Make him captain.

As our friend Raman.UV said, Sachin usually has a flamboyant partners who will allow him to bat at 120-130 which he will attain usually with minimum risk.. The big hitters will make up for it..

When MI already had some big hitting inconsistent match winning openers like Gibbs, Dwayne Smith, Levi, Jacobs, Blizzard all, improper man management made them lose out these folks by not playing regularly.. If Sachin/Punter has 4-5 silent games, they are banked to give best next game whereas, the above folks didn't get that cushion.. Apart from Levi, the other guys are capable of delivering it more than not.. But unfairly not persisted with on failure..

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

It is shame that MI are still trying to figureout, where they have gone wrong.With so many thinktanks vizPointing, Sachin, John Wright, kumble, they have not yet changed the opening combination even after so many failures. Ponting should take the decesion of batting at lower order. See, Rahul Dravid. In absence of Watson, he opened the innings and then batted at no.3 sending Watson with Rahane. In this match against MI, he sent the batmen according to the situation and he stayed back. If Rahane had gone first, he would have come at no,3.So far, Dravid has emerged as the BEST CAPTAIN though he has got the weakest team compared to other so called great teams.

Posted by Rathoreeeee on (April 18, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

RR is showing us what a team effort is.. their all player are performing in different different fields.. even if a player playing his first game of 2013 is performing very well.. salute to Dravid Sir.. Last match after 3rd over of the first innings till the end of the match... i didnt even feel that RR is an underdog.. they dominate Mumbai Indians. It will give a bit confidence to Punjab and Pune.

Posted by iamstupid on (April 18, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

Ponting said "guys in the middle order get a fair bit of batting early in the tournament, because guys like Rayudu haven't had much of batting yet". That's why two greats are getting out quickly.Nice disguise.

Posted by Jube on (April 18, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

While I understand its just colloquial and speaking in awe I have to second what coolmask says. C'mon there is no GOD of cricket. Lets call them greats or legends at best. And btw I think Sachin Tendulkar as I have said before is just some mortal who has accomplished what some others (read Viv Richards, George Headley, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Alistar Cook) would also have achieved if they just kept on playing. He is well past his prime and needs to retire rather than consistently diluting whatever he has achieved

Posted by Rahulbose on (April 18, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

IPL games are not played for the trophy or winning. They are played for generating revenue for the team owners and the league. So what if Sachin and Ponting don't score on the field, their real value is in the revenue they generate off the field.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (April 18, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Well, then its about time he steps down from the job voluntarily. And hand over the reins to someone like a Karthik or a Pollard(not harbhajan please for goodness sake). And since no one has the guts to drop tendulkar(that too in IPL, since it would affect the TRPs which the BCCI is so very fond of), put one of maxwell or franklin to open the innings and hope that one of them clicks

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Mumbai Indians' Captain is good & aggressive .. but a flop himself. The ensemble/paraphernalia of the Team--COACHES, ADVISORS & MENTORS.. what have you .. is simply mind-boggling .. and yet ..with ALL THOSE GENTLEMEN--that only MONEY can buy--the Team is yet to earn few points ! God save them ..

Posted by dcaprio on (April 18, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

I am a die hard MI fan....but I loath this idea of DROPPING JOHNSON...WHY???DWAYEN SMITH IS USELESS,UNLESS HE BOWLS 4 overs...Playing XI should for MI should remain same..Malinga always leaks runs in powerplays,and hasnt been upto his standards since the last IPL in which he was ordinary..But obviously he is still an asset for death overs..SO dont drop anybody..So for getting initial breakthroughs,MI is totally dependent on Johnson..He is must..

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

Ponting should have come to batting order at 5. they have a opening option like Rohit, Dinesh. both have opened earlier in T20s.

Posted by Raman.UV on (April 18, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Sachin Did well in previous editions of IPL cos he was there to anchor the team while his partner like Smith, Blizzard, Levi etc has taken the responsibility of scoring quickly, but this time he is playing as hitter as he is not getting good support from the other end... it would be better for them if they go with smith as opener instead of ponting.

Posted by 012thman on (April 18, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Is it the other way of saying "I didn't do my Job"....

Posted by coolmask on (April 18, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

"Rahul Dravid Sir is like God for me" Come on Chandila, please DO NOT elevate human beings to the status of GOD. Legends is OK, Superstars are O.K. But NOT God. This applies to those fans of SRT who say he is the GOD of cricket. UNACCEPTABLE.

Posted by Tabrez_22 on (April 18, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

I really like what Ponting has said, I too felt either of them should come at no.3 by sending some hard hitter like Dwayne smith making way for him in team instead of Johnson as smith can bowl too and maybe no. 3 be more suited to Ponting than Tendulkar. I am sure I will see this combination in this tournament. It is ideal combination for top 3 in T20 for Mumbai Indians folowing the lethal middle order attack what mumbai have, they just need the spark from the top order.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

If it was 50 overs game then both players can open the innings but in 20 overs there must be one hard hitting opening bastman like gayle so I would like to see rayadu open with sachin for upcoming game and pointing at no 5

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