Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting is delighted to have Alex Carey on board for the 2020 Indian Premier League. The Delhi-based franchise got the Australian wicketkeeper-batsman for INR 2.4 crore and Ponting feels Carey can prove to be a match-winner for his team next season.
The 28-year-old has been in pretty good form this year and on Monday (December 23), Carey slammed 55 runs off just 24 balls in the 2019-20 Big Bash League to help Adelaide Strikers get the better of Perth Scorchers.
Having spent much of his BBL career as an opener, Carey has proved to be a perfect fit for Australia down the order in white-ball cricket. Carey is now batting at No. 4 for Adelaide, and Ponting likes what he sees.
"This role that he's playing now is the exact reason he became so appealing to me and the Delhi Capitals," Ponting said during Channel Seven commentary from Adelaide Oval on Monday night.
"He's a good player of spin, and he's got such a good cricket brain and a sensible head on his shoulders that I feel he'll be able to get us across the line in a lot of games (next) year.
"And also if we have an injury to our current wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant, then obviously he can fill that role nicely for us as well."
Apart from Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile were the other Australian players who managed to break the bank. Carey said he can't wait to be a part of the most lucrative and watched T20 franchise competition in the world.
"I can't wait. I've got a big smile on my face thinking about it," he said.
"It's one of those tournaments you really want to be part of, as is the Big Bash, and I see those as probably the big two in the world.
"And I can't wait to work with Ricky. Obviously he's the best in the world at what he does, so I'm very excited."