Ponting stated Kohli is a “champion participant of the sport in all three codecs” and India are reaping the rewards of sticking with him as he bounced again in type to ignite hopes for his or her second World Cup title within the format after 15 years.
Having ended his 1,021-day century drought with a surprising 122 not out from 61 balls in opposition to Afghanistan on the Asia Cup in September, Kohli has been within the forefrunt of India’s success on the ongoing T20 World Cup as they inch nearer to the semi-finals.
“India now are reaping the rewards of conserving him there and in the event that they go on to the following stage then I am certain he’ll produce one thing large in one of many finals as effectively,” the two-time World Cup successful captain was quoted saying by the ICC web site.
Kohli, who turned 34 on Saturday, has been the main run-scorer (220 runs) within the ongoing T20 World Cup and has solely been dismissed as soon as in 4 innings.
India tackle Zimbabwe of their Tremendous 12 finale right here on Sunday.
“I’ve additionally discovered concerning the T20 sport through the years that I have been concerned, is it is extra of an older man’s sport, or older particular person’s sport, than a younger man’s sport.
“Simply with the data and the know-how and the experience in conditions like Virat has been confronted with a few occasions.
“They’ve accomplished it earlier than, they usually are inclined to discover a solution to get it accomplished most of the time.”
Ponting had firmly believed that the out-of-form Kohli would flip it round and urged the Indian selectors to stick with him.
“He is been a champion participant of the sport in all three codecs for an extended time frame,” Ponting stated.
“One factor I’ve learnt about champion gamers, on this sport particularly, is you simply by no means write them off. They at all times are inclined to discover a approach, notably when it issues most, to dig deep sufficient and discover a solution to get a job accomplished.”
Remembering his 82 not out in opposition to Pakistan, Ponting rated India’s Tremendous 12 opener in opposition to Pakistan as one of many best sporting spectacles.
“In case you wind the clock again a few week, begin of this match; India, Pakistan, proper right here on the MCG — that was what I assumed would possibly occur.
“Virat rolling the clock again just a little bit, taking part in a match-winning knock, being man of the match in what I believe is without doubt one of the greatest sporting spectacles that I’ve ever seen,” Ponting stated concerning the epic four-wicket win by India.
Battling poor kind and psychological points, Kohli had taken a month’s break free from cricket earlier than the Asia up in UAE.
Ponting stated the help of household and teammates would even have been pivotal in his return to kind.
“(It is) an amazing studying expertise for Virat as a cricket particular person, to really get to some extent in his profession when he needed to change, needed to do one thing completely different,” Ponting stated.
“We all know he is at all times been a very onerous employee, he is at all times been match, at all times sorted his food plan and been an amazing coach. That labored for him up till a sure time frame the place he needed to look elsewhere and discover different methods to get again to being an amazing participant once more.
“On the finish of the day, all of us play the sport to attempt to do the best factor by our household, by our teammates and our followers. And that is in all probability the order that it goes in, to be trustworthy.
“You wish to make your loved ones proud, you wish to win video games to your teammates and also you wish to have the people who flip as much as watch, whether or not it is on the venue or via the TV screens, you need them to be happy with what you’ve got accomplished as effectively.”