Sachin will be the role model for Punter

Last Updated: Apr 09, 2011, 11:44 AM IST

Melbourne: Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has said that he supports Ricky Ponting’s decision to relinquish the captaincy of Test and one-day sides, and insisted that playing as a batsman might revitalize the 36-year-old’s game back to its absolute best.

“The team had not been performing well in any form of the game so, basically, it was time for a change. Ricky has always had the interests of Australian cricket at heart and I feel that’s why he has stayed on - to help in the transition phase and groom a new No. 3 batsman,” Warne wrote in an article for Fox Sports.

“Ricky will be doing everything in his power to make it work. Sachin Tendulkar will be the role model for Punter. Sachin has found his form again since he stepped down as skipper.”

“If it works or not, Ricky has been a wonderful player for Australia for a long time and will go down as a legend,” he added.

Warne further highlighted that Ponting’s century in Australia’s last game in the World Cup shows that he can still deliver the goods in the heat of battle.

“On this tour, we might see that Ricky has no pressure on him and will bang out 100 after 100 and work well with Clarke,” Warne wrote.

“Mix that experience in with some youth and suddenly things could get back on track,” he added.

Bureau Report