Rohit grateful to have Ponting around


Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is grateful for a tournament like the Indian Premier League (IPL) because it has given him the opportunity to work with Australia legend Ricky Ponting.

Ponting, who is the now the coach of the Mumbai-based franchise, played in four consecutive World Cup finals from 1996 until 2007, winning three trophies while being captain for two of them.

Rohit, who does not have much captaincy experience, but is an experienced international player for India, says he is learning about all the time about leading a side.

The 27 year-old Rohit said: "Whenever I get the opportunity to captain a side, it is a learning process for me. Also I am working alongside a great skipper Ponting who has led Australia to two World Cup wins. He has lot of ideas, how to win big tournaments.

"The way he monitors the team, talks to the team is a great learning experience."

The Mumbai Indians have not had the greatest of starts to their IPL season , only winning two matches of their first seven matches played, but their skipper is to worried at this stage.

Rohit explained: "We have to accept our performance has been poor. Winning two matches out of seven we know we have not performed well. But nothing's over yet. In 2014 we were in the same situation losing earlier matches and then qualified for play-offs.

"That doesn't mean we will keep on losing initial matches in years to come. It has to be seen that a couple of boys were suddenly injured and one missing. It affects the combination of the team."