It takes a lot of heart and guts to do what Ricky Ponting did, says Rohit Sharma

Despite playing a crucial knock of 34, Sharma expressed disappointment for getting out at a crucial juncture.

updated: April 25, 2013 13:36 IST
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Kolkata: Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma, who stood in as skipper in their win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, has lauded Ricky Ponting's decision to step down from captaincy in the interest of the side.

Ponting, who has been struggling for runs in the tournament, had to sit out in order to accommodate fellow countryman and pacer Mitchell Johnson in the squad.

Specifying that it was Ponting's personal decision to step down, Sharma said, "It takes a lot of heart and guts to do that. We felt that we wanted to get the right combination and he was the one who stood up and said 'I would not be playing this game'."

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