Nita Ambani (Left) is the owner of Mumbai Indians © PTI
Nita Ambani (Left) is the owner of Mumbai Indians © PTI

Mumbai Indians (MI) owner Nita Ambani says that it’s Ricky Ponting selflessness that made him an obvious choice for the coach of the franchise. Ponting replaced John Wright  as the coach of MI after he had served as captain. Sachin Tendulkar is an integral part of Mumbai Indians: Nita Ambani

“He has been integral part of Mumbai for the last two seasons and hence it was natural for him to take over as coach,” Ambani told the Times of India. He also praised Ponting’s decision to quit as captain in the middle of 2013 having just scored just 52 runs in six matches. MI then went on to win the title under their new captain Rohit Sharma, according to cricket.com.au. IPL 2015: Ricky Ponting hopes Shane Bond emulates New Zealand success with Mumbai

Ambani also said that Ponting played a huge role in guiding the new skipper and will against play a major role in a squad featuring Australians Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood and Aiden Blizzard.  “It’s not often that a captain steps aside in the middle of a season. Ricky not only stepped down from captaincy but also left himself out of the playing XI,” Ambani said. “That spoke volumes about his professionalism and his selfless approach towards the team’s goal. Sachin Tendulkar guides Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli ahead of IPL 2015

“He immediately took up the role of a motivator for the team and played mentor to the new captain Rohit.” She said Ponting’s approach to cricket made him an ideal coach. “Ricky’s approach towards the game is refreshing. He brings in a lot of energy, positivity and years of experience,” she said. Mumbai Indians have done well at Eden Gardens, says Rohit Sharma