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Never thought Harbhajan Singh and I could be good mates: Ricky Ponting on impact of IPL

first_imgNever thought Harbhajan Singh and I could be good mates: Ricky Ponting on impact of IPLRicky Ponting opened up about the importance of the cash-rich league, working with with Sourav Ganguly and his rapport with Harbhajan Singh.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 16, 2019UPDATED: March 16, 2019 15:35 IST Ricky Ponting and Harbhajan Singh became good friends during their stint at Mumbai Indians (Mumbai Indians Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRicky Ponting spent nearly four years at Mumbai Indians as player and coachPonting left MI and joined Delhi Capitals as head coach last yearThe former Australia captain will be working with advisor and mentor Sourav Ganguly at Delhi CapitalsNobody would have bet their money on former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh becoming friends one day but that did happen and it was all because of the Indian Premier League.Harbhajan Singh became public enemy number one in Australia after the Monkeygate scandal in 2008 when Andrew Symonds alleged the Indian cricketer of racial abuse. The International Cricket Council and the cricket boards of Australia (CA) and India (BCCI) had to step in to douse the flames set off after that infamous Sydney Test.Ponting was the captain of Australia at the time while Harbhajan was a senior member in the Indian team. Most of the Aussie players including Ponting, Symonds, Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke couldn’t see eye-to-eye with Harbhajan after the incident.But just a couple of months after the Border-Gavaskar series, the Indian Premier League was founded with Ponting and Bhajji both playing in different teams.The IPL brought together the best cricketers from around the world under one roof with India hosting the mega-event, which has now become one of the most valuable and most popular sporting leagues in the world.After playing against each other in the league for five years, Ponting and Harbhajan finally became teammates when Mumbai Indians bagged the legendary Australian batsman at his base price of Rs 2.10 crore in the February auction in 2013.Ponting and Harbhajan played for two seasons before the Aussie announced his retirement from all cricket and became the head coach of Mumbai Indians in December 2014. He was at the helm for two seasons.advertisementAfter having spent four years at Mumbai Indians and having essayed two different roles in the team, Ponting developed a great rapport with all the members in the franchise, including Harbhajan.Ponting left Mumbai Indians and joined Delhi Daredevils as head coach last year and will now be working closely with one of his rivals – former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was named advisor and mentor of the Delhi-based outfit.Talking about the barriers that IPL has managed to break over the years, Ponting opened up about the importance of the cash-rich, working with with Ganguly and his rapport with Harbhajan.”Sourav (Ganguly) and I have always got along just fine. We have great respect for one another. We’ve actually interacted a lot since we’ve been retired. We’ve been on cricket committees together and spent a bit of time talking.”He will be an advisor. He might not have anything to do with us on game day but he will be around the team, around meetings. I’m very, very open to that. He’s been a great leader and player and he’s got great ideas around the game.”That’s a good part of the IPL, a lot of barriers are broken down between countries and coaches. I’d never have thought that Harbhajan and I could be good mates!,” Ponting told Cricbuzz.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ricky PontingFollow IPL 2019Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Harbhajan SinghFollow Monkeygate scandallast_img


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