Power hitting is not everything… Ponting spoke before India-Pakistan match, told why India is not able to win WC?


Ricky Ponting believes that Team India has the power to win the World Cup.According to Ponting, India will win the World Cup only by overcoming mental hurdles.India has to play T20 World Cup match against Pakistan on 9th June.

New Delhi. The pitch on which the matches are being played in New York, USA is considered to be excellent for bowlers and very dangerous for batsmen. Captain Ricky Ponting, who won the World Cup twice for Australia, believes that power hitting is not everything. It is not necessary to have only the ability of power hitting to win the World Cup. He said that India will also have to do something similar by overcoming mental barriers to end the drought of ICC title.

India’s team is very strong on paper but the team won the ICC title in the form of Champions Trophy in 2013. Since then India is waiting for the ICC trophy. Talking to PTI in New York, Ponting said that the Indian team will have to find a way to deal with the tremendous pressure of its fans. He said, “You have to be clear that your focus is on the tournament, not on worrying about external pressure or thinking too much ahead.”

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There is no dearth of talent in India…
Ricky Ponting said, “There is no dearth of talent in the Indian team but we should not forget that winning the World Cup is not easy. All the best players of the world play in it at the same time.” Ponting, who led Australia to the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, said, “It is related to the mindset. How you face pressure. How you think in pressure situations is the difference between victory and defeat.”

India lacks power hitters…
He said, “In the World Cup, your best players have to play well all the time. Australian teams have always known how to perform well at the right time in big tournaments.” Six months ago, Australia won the ODI World Cup under the captaincy of Pat Cummins by performing well at the right time. The Indian team may not have power hitters like Australia, England or South Africa, but Ponting believes that they have enough talent to play in the conditions of West Indies. The knockout matches are to be held in West Indies.

Power hitting is not everything…
Ponting said, “Power hitting is not everything, strike rate is also important. The strike rate of Indian batsmen is no less than anyone else. Australia has Marsh, Stoinis, Maxwell or Cameron Green while South Africa has Stubbs, Klaasen or David Miller. They have strength but if we look at the Indian team, Suryakumar Yadav is capable of scoring runs on any ground.” He said, “Rishabh Pant is performing well. They also have Hardik Pandya. His batting is as dangerous as the other teams. I think Australia, India, England and South Africa will play the semi-finals. This South African team looks very strong. I will be surprised if none of these four teams wins the title.”

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