Ricky Ponting, the Mumbai Indians coach, said the team has “no worries” about taking on Chennai Super Kings in the IPL final on Sunday at Eden Gardens., Ponting also expected things “not to change much” from when they beat Super Kings in the first qualifier at Wankhede.The Mumbai players were given a couple of days off after their win on Tuesday and the team held its first training session ahead of the final only on Friday.
“There is only a certain amount you can train when you are two months into a T20 tournament,” Ponting said. “It is more about tactics and mindset rather than the skills. We are playing Chennai and we played them in the last game. So, things won’t change too much. It is a matter of execution now.”Ponting, who took over as coach at the start of the season, said he faced no problems asserting himself in the role despite the presence of a large support staff. Among those in the Mumbai camp are team icon Sachin Tendulkar and chief mentor Anil Kumble, who Ponting said were “not a constant around the team.”
“It is hard to define their (Tendulkar & Kumble) roles. They are mentors and help out the guys if required,” he said. “Sachin has been to a few of our team meetings and so has Anil but they have not been a constant around the team. We want to make sure that there are not too many voices going around and one message is passed to the team and individual players. It is important that the younger guys do not have too many messages going into their minds.”Ponting credited Tendulkar and Kumble for knowing when to “step back” and “waiting to be spoken to rather than trying to impose themselves on the group.” Now with just one winner-take all game to play, the former Australian captain is hoping to pass on the knowledge he has acquired on how to put your best foot forward in big finals.
“Having been there and done that along with some individual success as well, I think I have good little points that I can pass on to the team,” he said. “The players have a good idea already as I have said a lot of things along the way about facing challenges and playing in big games. You prefer to have players in your team that have done that before as that experience is undeniable and we have got some of those players.”