Liam Plunkett has revealed how his recent spell in the Indian Premier League afforded him the opportunity to get to know one of his heroes.

It may be some surprise to learn that a young fast bowler growing up in Middlesbrough looked up to an Australian batsman. But, in fairness, Ricky Ponting was no ordinary batsman.

On the eve of the county season, the Yorkshire and England limited overs quick signed a deal to play for Delhi Daredevils, who were coached by Ponting.

And, not surprisingly, Plunkett loved his experience even if he would have wanted more than four wickets in six appearances and for the Daredevils to have done much better than finishing bottom of the table.

Now back with Yorkshire for the second half of their Royal London one-day Cup campaign, Plunkett said: “Sometimes they say ‘Don’t meet your idols’, but I’m glad I met him properly.

“Growing up, he was one of my idols, and I’ve played against him a few times (and got him out in a one-day international in early 2007). He’s a top bloke.

“He’d go out of his way to throw to you in the middle, he’d stay for an extra 30 minutes.

“He knows cricket inside out, so it was nice to tap into his brain. There were also some good old stories. He was very good.”

Plunkett has returned to Yorkshire after missing the first five rounds of the County Championship and said: “I felt bad going a little bit, but you’ve got to think about family and your future.”

But he also believes what he learnt from working alongside Ponting and playing with and against some of the best players in the world can have a knock-on effect for Yorkshire in this summer’s Vitality Blast.

“There’s tactical stuff that I can talk to Yorkshire about in meetings going forward,” he continued.

“It was more about plans with Ricky. We had James Hopes from Australia as a bowling coach, who has played a bit of international cricket, and he was the same.”

When Darren Lehmann quit as Australia’s coach in March, Ponting’s name was suggested by many as a replacement, only for Justin Langer to get the role.

Ponting has been part of Australia’s backroom staff in Twenty20, as recently as February’s tri-series Down Under between the Aussies, England and New Zealand.

But he has split his time with TV punditry on Channel Ten’s Big Bash Coverage, and he will be the face of Channel Seven’s free to air cricket coverage from next summer after a recent change in the rights deal.

However, his new employers will allow him to continue coaching, with Plunkett adding: “I think (his future is in) coaching.

“He’s just so passionate about the game and has so much to give.

“He loves getting involved in the nets and in the fielding drills.

“He’s not finished playing that long ago, so he’s still a fit guy who can be involved in sessions, talk to you about batting and then demonstrate it.

“He’s so clued up and honest, which is why he’s so good to listen to on TV as well.”

Plunkett returned figures of 1-50 from 10 overs in Sunday’s RL50 win over Leicestershire at Grace Road, Yorkshire’s second from five North Group matches.

Him leaving the field late in the hosts’ innings was put down to cramps, and he should be joined in Yorkshire’s team to travel to Derbyshire on Wednesday (11am) by David Willey, an IPL winner with Chennai Super Kings.