Technical changes made while playing for Delhi Capitals helped Akshar: Ponting
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday revealed how the ‘minor technical changes’ he made while playing for Delhi Capitals helped Axar Patel become an effective batsman for India. Ponting expects Akshar to continue his good form in the upcoming IPL as well. Akshar scored 264 runs in four matches in the Border-Gavaskar Test series against Australia with the help of three half-centuries and was the second highest run-scorer for India after Virat Kohli (297 runs).
Ponting said in ‘ICC Review’, “I have known Akshar for a long time and when I first joined the Mumbai team, he was a young player in the team.” That he has batting skills but except in the last two years, he was not able to show these skills in IPL or at international level. “Ponting said,” We made some changes in his batting. We made minor adjustments to his hip and shoulder position, which helped him play right-arm fast bowlers and short-pitched deliveries.Earlier, short pitch balls used to be his weakness.
Akshar made his IPL debut in 2013 for Mumbai Indians. After this, he improved his game by playing for Kings XI Punjab for five years. He has been playing for Delhi Capitals for the last four seasons. Ponting is the coach of Delhi Capitals.