Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has raised concerns over who will play the finisher’s role for the Aussies at the upcoming T20 World Cup. He pointed how the Australian team are yet to find anyone like MS Dhoni, Kieron Pollard or Hardik Pandya in their batting order, players who have ample experience in finishing games.
Australia recently lost the T20I series against New Zealand 3-2. Ricky Ponting, during an interview with Cricket.com.au, picked out some holes in the Australian T20 team. He also highlighted the importance of having a finisher like Dhoni, Pollard, Pandya in the team.
“The spot I think they’ve always been worried about is that finishing role, and one of the reasons for that is that all of our best batsmen bats in the top four in the Big Bash, so you’ve actually got no one that’s consistently batting in that area. It’s a very specialist position to be able to go in with three of four overs to go, with 50 runs needed and be able to do it.
“Dhoni has been in that one spot his whole career and no wonder he’s so good at it. Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard are similar – these guys continually win games of cricket for their country and in the IPL, they’re used to going in batting at those spots,” the 46-year-old said.
Ponting also highlighted that the Aussies need to zero down on one particular individual who will don the finishers role at the marquee event, which is scheduled to be held in India later this year. He also suggested three names who are likely to be frontrunners to play in that position.
“That’s what we’ve got to find. Is it going to be (Glenn) Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh that are going to finish the games, is it going to be (Marcus) Stoinis? I think that’s the area that they’re more worried about,” said Ponting, who was the captain of Australia when the team crashed out in the semi-final of the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup.
Australia are one of the few big teams that are yet to win a T20 World Cup. While they crashed out in the semi-finals twice, their best performance came during 2010 where they finished as runner-ups behind England.