Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said he was surprised to see Glenn Maxwell being made the captain of the Indian Premier League franchise Kings XI Punjab for the ongoing 10th edition of the league. (More IPL News)Kings XI Punjab appointed Australian all-rounder Maxwell as the captain of the side ahead of South African Hashim Amla and England’s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan after finishing last in the previous season.Maxwell has led KXIP to a positive start in IPL 10 with two wins in as many matches.Maxwell contributed in both the victories with unbeaten scores of 44 and 43, respectively, powering his team home in the two run chases. Ponting believes captaincy will bring the best out of Maxwell. (IPL 2017’s first controversy: Kieron Pollard in Twitter outburst against Sanjay Manjrekar)”I was a little bit surprised (they made him captain) but I’m actually really excited for him to get that opportunity,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”I actually think it’ll bring the best out of him. His last couple of years of IPL cricket haven’t been as good as the years prior, but to get that bit more of responsibility could be just what he needs.Maxwell recently scored his maiden Test ton for Australia in the third Test against India in Ranchi. (IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene empathises with umpires after howler against Rohit Sharma)”We’ve just seen him have a breakthrough Test innings a couple of weeks ago, which I think delighted all of Australia. Everyone has been waiting for that breakout performance and there it was.advertisement”This could just be the start. It could be the beginning of a very, very good back half of Glenn Maxwell’s life. So I wish him all the best.”However, the former Mumbai Indians coach said the biggest challenge for Maxwell will be to manage off-field pressures rather than on it. Maxwell has no previous experience of captaining a senior side and it was the first time that the 28-year-old will lead a side since he captained his Melbourne club Fitzroy-Doncaster more than three years ago. (Exclusive: Muttiah Muralitharan slams Sanjay Manjrekar’s comments on Kieron Pollard)”The moments I’ve spent with him and you talk about the game with him, I think he understands the game particularly well. And the good thing is he’s got a few Aussie boys (Kings XI teammates Marcus Stoinis and Shaun Marsh) around him as well that’ll make that job a little bit easier. He’s familiar with the coaches and the owners as well, which is really important in the IPL.”They’re the kind of things you have to manage as a captain or a coach of an IPL team. There’s so many external things to manage.”And that’s probably going to be the most difficult thing for Maxi; the on field stuff will be fine, the other pressures that come with it will be a bigger challenge,” he said.