My own game was suffering while being the captain: Ricky Ponting

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By CricketCountry Staff

Durban: Oct 27, 2011

Ricky Ponting is cherishing his role of a batsman in the current Australian team as he doesn t need to worry about the other things which he had to as a captain.

The former skipper also accepted that the burden of captainship affected his personal game.

Ponting recalls, “I was not only worrying about my game but having to worry about what everyone else was doing and how they were preparing and how they were training and what the coaches were doing and what the selectors wanted to do and when they wanted to talk and then media commitments as well.”

“I guess that’s the one thing that all the other players have always had that I haven’t had for the majority of my career. It’s different but I’m really enjoying this phase of my career.

“I think my own game (cricket, that is) was suffering as a result of all the other stuff I was dealing with. Because I’ve been captain for so long, I still will always have those thoughts … but now I have more of an opportunity to just focus on me for a change,” he was quoted by ABC Grandstand Sport.

The former Australian skipper always carries his golf kit on overseas tours, and has always made efforts to connect with the new crop of players.

“I was probably on the phone talking to selectors around the golf course, and I’m certainly not doing that now.”