Ponting: 'One-Day cricket is lacking context'

"You just have a one-off series like the Australia-Sri Lanka series, it doesn't really matter, it doesn't mean anything. Both teams want to win the series but there is nothing else riding on it.," Ricky Ponting said.

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Virat Kohli has got stiff competition from his peers in international cricket and whoever out of them "masters the mind" best will end up having a better career, feels Australian great Ricky Ponting.

Brett Lee recently said Kohli is best in the business currently, ignoring the likes of Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson. His long-time captain Ponting, however, feels it is still not time to settle the "best batsman" debate.

"To tell you the truth, I don't really care (who is the best batsmen at the moment). I just love to see all these guys playing (Kohli, Smith, Williamson and Root). There are a number of current players who are probably on a similar career path," said Ponting, who is in India promoting his home state of Tasmania as its brand ambassador.

"Kohli probably has got age on his side. His ODI career till this stage has been incredible. We also know what he did in last year's IPL (hitting four hundreds). He is an ultra-skilled and talented player. More importantly, he has got the attitude to want to be the best he can be and wants to lead his country in the best way possible.

"Smith and Williamson are in the same boat. Whoever I guess masters the mind games the best will be the one who ends up with the best career record," said the two-time World Cup winning captain.

Talking about Rohit Sharma’s inability to be consistent in Test match cricket he said, "I have seen Rohit up very close, I have worked exceptionally hard on his batting and his leadership around the team. He is one of the nicest people that I have met in the game and he is one of the most talented I have seen in the game."

He added, "I still haven’t been able to put a finger as to why he hasn’t been able to really dominate red ball cricket like he has with the white ball. But he is a determined young man and he works hard at his game and if he keeps working as hard as he does with the talent that he has then I think he can actually become a very good Test player for India."

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