Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain, has been named as the new head coach of Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming IPL 2018 season, the franchise confirmed on Thursday (January 4).
The legendary cricketer, who amassed more than 13000 runs in both Tests and ODIs, will take over the mantle of coaching the side from Paddy Upton, with whom the franchise parted ways last year following the conclusion of his two-year contract.
Daredevils also lost the services of Rahul Dravid, who served as a mentor for the last two seasons. The former India captain had to step down from his position due to BCCI’s conflict of interest clause on June 30 last year. Dravid opted to continue as the coach of India A and India Under-19 teams.
Ponting, who announced his retirement from international cricket in 2012, was sold to the franchise in 2013 for a base price of $400,000. He was subsequently named as the captain but opted to resign mid-way into the tournament as he could only notch up a mere 52 runs from six matches. Rohit Sharma took over as the captain of the side and piloted the franchise to a title triumph. Mumbai Indians then decided to retain Ponting in an advisory capacity for the following season.
He then coached Mumbai Indians to their second IPL title in 2015, but decided to not continue in that position after his two-year contract expired in 2016. He was also appointed as the assistant coach of Australia for the T20I series versus Sri Lanka last year.
On Thursday, the franchise also announced that the trio of Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris and Shreyas Iyer had been retained for the upcoming edition of the IPL.