IPL 2013 March 31, 2013

'Excited to be back for IPL' - Ponting

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Mumbai Indians captain Ricky Ponting has said he is excited to be back for the IPL after a gap of five years. His retirement from international cricket, he said, has allowed him to focus on domestic leagues such as the IPL and the ones that follow.

"I am very excited to be back in IPL," Ponting said. "The way things have worked out - with my retirement from international cricket and finishing off the domestic season for Tasmania and playing well - they have given me the opportunity to be back here.

"The reason I did not come back for IPL 2 and 3 was because I had too much international cricket on at that time. And now that I don't have international cricket, the opportunities for me to play in these domestic tournaments are really opening up."

After the IPL ends in May, Ponting will head to England for two months to play for Surrey and then to the West Indies for nearly five weeks to play in the Caribbean Premier League which begins on July 29.

Ponting said his experience of leading Australia will play a crucial role in captaining Mumbai that already has some big names, such as Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, with whom he has had "great battles" over the years.

"I have got a really good idea of what makes good teams successful," Ponting said. "And they are all the things I will be bringing to the table in Mumbai. To think that I will be playing alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, some of the guys I have had great battles over the years, and some of the young local Indian talent I have come across in the last couple of days is great.

"With Mumbai now, we have John Wright, a successful ex-India coach, and Anil Kumble, a successful Indian captain and a very very good Indian player and leader. Obviously me coming into the set-up, we have put together a really strong leadership group."

Mumbai finished third in the points table last season and lost to Chennai Super Kings in the elimination final by 38 runs. The closest they came to winning the title was in 2010 when they lost to Super Kings again in the final.

"Mumbai Indians have a pretty proud tradition in IPL of finishing up the top and being in the semi-finals," Ponting said. "We obviously haven't won the tournament yet but hopefully this year is our year."

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  • on March 31, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    If Pointing as a captain and Malinga & Pollard are certain to play, why MI had to spend so much money in the last auction. I shall be more than surprised if Maxwell plays ahead of Franklin, Blizzard, Jacob Oram or Dwayne Smith. Maxwell played for DD last season & left no impression what so ever. I agree that he is young & exciting but Indian conditions are far different than what MCG or Gabba offers. My starting XI for MI: Sachin, Smith, Ponting, Rohit, Rayadu, Karthik, Pollard, Harbhajan, Ojha, Malinga, Nechim/Kulkarni/Munaf. In case Smith doesn't click in few opening matches, MI can always bring back Jacob Oram or Nathan Coulter Nile as all-rounders. Maxwell is more of a Sehwag/Afridi type of player, if he clicks, it may look great to the eyes but if he doesn't, it may be difficult to hide the embarrassment. All the best MI & Glenn Maxwell.

  • androyuvi on March 31, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Excited about CSK vs MI. MI always starts with a Bang and loses its way at the end, whereas CSK starts slow and picks up as tournament goes on. It wouldn't be a surprise if these two teams play the finals. Waiting for a fun-filled, exciting matches. Wishing good luck for all Indian youngsters, and its high time India forms a separate T20 team which doesnt have players who play Tests and ODIs. Let new young guns start blazing in the national side after this tournament. Cheers to all.

  • on April 4, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    i hope mumbai win opning macth my play 1X sachin,d smith.ponting.rohit.pollad.d kartik.raydu.harbajan.munaf.d kulkarni.ojja

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 2, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is a very good T20 batsman. Far, far superior to Michael Clarke.

  • Lenniesahayi on April 2, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    am running with Mumbai this time,Punter,Hughes are always favorites

  • SpeedCricketThrills on April 2, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Guys, MI has Ponting, Sachin, Kumble in the think tank, apart from Ms Ambani in the foreground and Mr Ambani in the background. Does it need any more wieght in the think tank?

    Let's sit back, relax and enjoy watching how their strategies work (or misfire!)

  • on April 2, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    EXACTLY past MonkeyGate what I call an Episode still in mind cannot be forgotton, but past is past. I totally agree with Ponting. After all Ponting is here to lead Mumbai Indians unanimously chosen by the Senior Mentors courtesy Anil Kumble and Ms.Nita Ambani. Previous IPL Andrew Symonds played for Mumbai Indians alongwith MAANKI the Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh), now Ricky Ponting with Harbhajan. So in sports things does happen, but the team comes first. Wishing All the Best to Ricky the PERFECT PUNTER.

  • on April 1, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    I think MI should send Rohit Sharma to open with Sachin. After arrival of Ponting MI may face some selection problems as MI having so many powerful middle order batsmen like Raydu, Pollord, Ponting, Karthik etc.Ponting is captain means he will be in the team always. Pollard & Malinga are also fixed. Now the gamble is between Smith, Oram Franklin, Levi & Maxwell.Looking at allrounder ability initially Franklin will be prefered. If Rohit opens with Sachin it will be definately helpful as one middle order slot will be filled by Ponting himself. And offcource for Rohit too it is helpful as he will get more time at the wicket. He scored 83 against England at Mohali playing as aopener only. Plus India is in search for a poerful opener for Champions Trophy. Positively Rohit may click. All The Best MI

  • on April 1, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    I was extremely skeptical about Mumbai signing Glenn Maxwell at the auction. We now have Ponting who is certain to play and Malinga. I think the remaining slots will be between Pollard, Mitchell Johnson, Maxwell and Dwayne Smith.

  • fah4 on April 1, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    When Ponting is captain Malinga and Pollard sure starter in XI then MI will have difficulty in choosing the remaining player from the list of D. Smith, J. Franklin, J. Oram, G. Maxwell. They should play Franklin as he proves himself in earlier tournaments. Ponting should open with Sachin followed by Rayudu if they play him down the order he will not be successful. My XI Sachin, Ponting, Rayudu, Rohit, Pollard,Karthik, Franklin, Harbhajan, Ojha, Malinga, Munaf

  • on March 31, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    If Pointing as a captain and Malinga & Pollard are certain to play, why MI had to spend so much money in the last auction. I shall be more than surprised if Maxwell plays ahead of Franklin, Blizzard, Jacob Oram or Dwayne Smith. Maxwell played for DD last season & left no impression what so ever. I agree that he is young & exciting but Indian conditions are far different than what MCG or Gabba offers. My starting XI for MI: Sachin, Smith, Ponting, Rohit, Rayadu, Karthik, Pollard, Harbhajan, Ojha, Malinga, Nechim/Kulkarni/Munaf. In case Smith doesn't click in few opening matches, MI can always bring back Jacob Oram or Nathan Coulter Nile as all-rounders. Maxwell is more of a Sehwag/Afridi type of player, if he clicks, it may look great to the eyes but if he doesn't, it may be difficult to hide the embarrassment. All the best MI & Glenn Maxwell.

  • androyuvi on March 31, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Excited about CSK vs MI. MI always starts with a Bang and loses its way at the end, whereas CSK starts slow and picks up as tournament goes on. It wouldn't be a surprise if these two teams play the finals. Waiting for a fun-filled, exciting matches. Wishing good luck for all Indian youngsters, and its high time India forms a separate T20 team which doesnt have players who play Tests and ODIs. Let new young guns start blazing in the national side after this tournament. Cheers to all.

  • on April 4, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    i hope mumbai win opning macth my play 1X sachin,d smith.ponting.rohit.pollad.d kartik.raydu.harbajan.munaf.d kulkarni.ojja

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 2, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is a very good T20 batsman. Far, far superior to Michael Clarke.

  • Lenniesahayi on April 2, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    am running with Mumbai this time,Punter,Hughes are always favorites

  • SpeedCricketThrills on April 2, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Guys, MI has Ponting, Sachin, Kumble in the think tank, apart from Ms Ambani in the foreground and Mr Ambani in the background. Does it need any more wieght in the think tank?

    Let's sit back, relax and enjoy watching how their strategies work (or misfire!)

  • on April 2, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    EXACTLY past MonkeyGate what I call an Episode still in mind cannot be forgotton, but past is past. I totally agree with Ponting. After all Ponting is here to lead Mumbai Indians unanimously chosen by the Senior Mentors courtesy Anil Kumble and Ms.Nita Ambani. Previous IPL Andrew Symonds played for Mumbai Indians alongwith MAANKI the Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh), now Ricky Ponting with Harbhajan. So in sports things does happen, but the team comes first. Wishing All the Best to Ricky the PERFECT PUNTER.

  • on April 1, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    I think MI should send Rohit Sharma to open with Sachin. After arrival of Ponting MI may face some selection problems as MI having so many powerful middle order batsmen like Raydu, Pollord, Ponting, Karthik etc.Ponting is captain means he will be in the team always. Pollard & Malinga are also fixed. Now the gamble is between Smith, Oram Franklin, Levi & Maxwell.Looking at allrounder ability initially Franklin will be prefered. If Rohit opens with Sachin it will be definately helpful as one middle order slot will be filled by Ponting himself. And offcource for Rohit too it is helpful as he will get more time at the wicket. He scored 83 against England at Mohali playing as aopener only. Plus India is in search for a poerful opener for Champions Trophy. Positively Rohit may click. All The Best MI

  • on April 1, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    I was extremely skeptical about Mumbai signing Glenn Maxwell at the auction. We now have Ponting who is certain to play and Malinga. I think the remaining slots will be between Pollard, Mitchell Johnson, Maxwell and Dwayne Smith.

  • fah4 on April 1, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    When Ponting is captain Malinga and Pollard sure starter in XI then MI will have difficulty in choosing the remaining player from the list of D. Smith, J. Franklin, J. Oram, G. Maxwell. They should play Franklin as he proves himself in earlier tournaments. Ponting should open with Sachin followed by Rayudu if they play him down the order he will not be successful. My XI Sachin, Ponting, Rayudu, Rohit, Pollard,Karthik, Franklin, Harbhajan, Ojha, Malinga, Munaf

  • prasad4418 on April 1, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    MI lead by ricky will rock this year . MI has too many forign players as well as indianplayers I think it is waste of latent if they has no place in playing 11.so, think of indian young players who wants to impress world with their game like rayudu and dinesh.

  • prasad4418 on April 1, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    MI has too much of foreign and indian players. It is waste of talent if they can't play in any match. MI has also invested alot on maxwell but I think he will not click in indian conditions.So many star players but no place in final 11

  • junkRG on April 1, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    I don't understand the need for such a huge foreign contingency, especially when our captain will be one of them. Given Malinga/Pollard cannot be dropped that leaves just 1 spot for everyone else. Maxwell will invariably have to play and could be a real dud as he will have pressure to live up to his huge price tag. This could work against us as we will not include proven players like Smith/Franklin. I certainly hope Maxwell does well though. A big hitting opener who bowls spin in india can be great if things go as planned.

  • on April 1, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    We are excited to see the two greats playing alongside.

  • on April 1, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    MI has done the right thing by choosing Ponting as the captain. Sachin may be a great player but he is not known for shrewedness as captain. By leaving the on field pressure to Ponting, Sachin can play freely.The problem for MI is Bajjis relatively poor form.If he can show at least a fraction of his guile as a bowler MI can certainly fancy its chances.Good performances by Raidu and Rohit are also crucial.Best of luck MI.

  • BrianPinto on April 1, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Firstly it is still a mystery why such a mentoring staff is needed for a 2 month tournamanet....I mean Wright, Robin Singh, Rhodes, Kumble, Sanghvi, Mhambrey, Ambani's elder son....not to mention Ponting & Tendulkar...

    Secondly I feel sad for likes of Kulkarni, Tare, Yadav (He can be the next big thing) and Marathe...home grown players but lose out to people like ordinary players like Nechim, Kartik, Harbhajan etc...

  • 30-30-150 on April 1, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Maxwell could turn out to be the Richard Levi of this season - one good game followed by a cluster of failures. MI should look to make smart buys at the auction instead of spending all the money to fill the empty slots in their roster. Their Indian contingent is so strong that they don't really need four foreigners in their lineup. Looking forward to see Rishi Dhawan get a chance.

  • on April 1, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Ponting's a Legend!! MI will rock this year's IPL with Ponting and Maxwell..............

  • waheed1233 on April 1, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Good to see a real match-winner and someone who plays for team and not for himself in MI...they lacked such players in the prev editions; hence could never make a mark in IPL...ALL the players of MI shoudl feel blessed to have Punter in their side and all MI players, irrespective of their age, should take this opportunity to learn something new as to how to play for your team and not play for himself...

  • Surajrises on April 1, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    I believe under Ponting's Captaincy, Mumbai Indian's are gonna be the DARK HORSE this time and might surprise everyone including themselves by winning IPL 6. Giving Ponting this responsibility might just take this team to become IPL Champ for the 1st time. Well it could also backfire big time if Ponting plays slowly like he played in IPL 1 for KKR!

  • on April 1, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Ponting is not known as a big hitter everyone says.

    I saw him hit 164 in 107 balls ( fastest ODI 150 ) and some of his sixes were the biggest we have every seen at Wanderers - altho I think his bat was illegal.

    Look forward to seeing him bat well with Tendulkar !!

  • on April 1, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Does anyone feel philip hughes should get a go?

  • ravi_hari on April 1, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Ponting's presence will definitely help MI especially in the dressing room and in the strategising. He is very lively and will motivate everyone around very well. Whether as a player he will succeed is something we will know in a couple of weeks' time. His first stint with IPL has not been something to remember so he will be watched with enthusiasm by all. Like Gilly, he has taken up this role after retiring from International cricket and I am sure he will give it his best to ensure his reputation is not affected. Being a captain he will play every game and that could be a probelm if he fails to perform. Secondly, he has to depend heavily on Sachin and Bhajji for the team composition which will again restrict his freedom as a leader. Unless he plays for 2 consecutive seasons, he will not be able to lead on his own. However, like Gilly he can also become a darling of the Indian fans. If MI wins this edtion the credit will go to Ponting for making them realise their dream and potential.

  • kapilesh23 on April 1, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Whether MI wins IPL or not it really doesn't matter, well it is a fact. MI may be over hyped but it is the most popular team. MI is popular team without any effort or victories other teams can only dream of that kind of popularity. Ricky Ponting addtion has added that mouth watering prospect of watching Tendulkar-Ponting partnerships which will enhance the glamour of MI enormously. Greatly look forward to it.

  • SherjilIslam on April 1, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    a free wicket for the opposition is now a kind of surety in the name of Rickey Ponting. I don't know why there is so much fuss about him.He failed miserably even in the first edition of the tournament and doesn't have the guts to come back and face top quality international fast bowlers and score freely against them. Another failed experiment in the making for MI.Feel pity for Sachin and MI.

  • on April 1, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Pointing to be a captain is a great move. Thanks to sachin for giving the oppurtunity

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Mumbai Indians have too many star players and some of them will hardly play but will see when IPL 6 starts on Wednesday and the heat will play its part.

  • on April 1, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    its going to be a big challenge for him

  • on April 1, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    its going to be a flop show since ponting's t20 record is not impresssive. not going set an example. i wud say ponting and sachin are not not even fit to be in playing 11. as soon as MI stop worshiping past glory of these legends, they can win the title. better luck next time

  • sweetspot on April 1, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Ponting in the batting line-up will be great news for the opposition. He simply won't score at anything more than 110 strike rate. Sachin will want to match his run aggregate and will stay longer! By the time Pollard or Dwayne Smith get to bash a few, the overs will be gone. Good team on paper, but highly suspect chemistry because of this new white elephant in the team.

  • on April 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Good player roster?Are you joking?No one except malinga can be said good.Rohit can play well but he fails in big matches.Harbhajan is useless now.Tendulkar is old now.Pollard cannot win you every match.Glen maxwell can never be match winner.Karthik performs only sometimes.Ponting and tendulkars are old guys and you are talking about roster.CSK has the best roster.Will any team have faf,morris,holder,laughlin,akila,anirudha warming the bench?Scott styris played handful of matches 2 years ago.CSK suffers due to bowling and this time their bowling is strongest.

  • PTtheAxis on April 1, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    laughable ... a guy who cannot even score at run a ball as a t-20 captain. only in india such things are possible.

  • on April 1, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Its , by far , not the best t-20 batting pair you can imagine , but it will be spectacular to see two legends , sachin and ponting , batting together .

  • cric_freakNo2 on April 1, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    What the hell is happening? I need to support Mumbai just because Ponting is captianing it ? :(

  • Darkmanx12155 on April 1, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @ Pradeep Kandel on (April 1, 2013, 5:00 GMT) Sorry mate u made a mistake!... Dhoni is the BEST... then comes the rest...

  • on April 1, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    I am really excited to see Ponting as a captain and I believe he is the best captain I have ever seen.

  • ajayrcs on April 1, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    I am not interested in IPL but because of Ponting I am supporting MI.

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    WOW ., excited to see ponting captaining MI , particularly legendary sachin and how he will gel with bhajji .,and not much of a chance for most of the contracted phoren players ., automatically selected are captain himself, malinga(may miss chennai games) and pollard ., where is the chance for others as only one slot left for them

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    every body should think because of malinga mumbai team won so many matches and won the champion league

    if malinga not there its very difficult to mumbai indians if malinga goes to auction he will be the higest paid player in the IPL

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    first time in my life i support ricky ponting. Mumbai Indians ROCK

  • aries_d on April 1, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Ponting to lead M Indians? Give me a break. He is a great cricketer, I agree, but what about his attitude and the sportmanship? He can be a part of a team but never captain a team in IPL. Come on MI management team, you have Indians in the the team name but not in the team captain.

  • on April 1, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Mumbai Indians are owned by the richest person in India. Mumbai Indians have most talented Indian and foreign players. Mumbai Indians have most amazing coaching staff and the most amazing leadership team. No team comes close.

    What is lacking?

    Perhaps, they take everything way too seriously and put themselves under too much pressure. Perhaps, they need to learn to relax a little...

  • nzcricket174 on April 1, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Mumbai have the best player roster in the IPL. There is no excuse for not winning.

  • Nadeem1976 on April 1, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Ponting and Tendulkar in one team is just once in a life time moment for me. I don't care whether mumbai wins or not but watching two of the greatest batsmen together playing is worth a million.

    Who knows Ponting can bring home the trophy too. Guy was always lucky.

  • IndCricFan2013 on April 1, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Ask a Question: I am sure if Harbajan does not perform, Ponting would drop him for a match or two. But would he do the same to Sachin for even one match, if he does not score well and sachin does not opt out himself.

  • spiscean2002 on April 1, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Will this be the case of "Too many cooks" in MI team? I hope not, they have so many great brains working together.

  • on April 1, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    For the first time I may not be supporting team 'Mum Indians' for the reason they have taken players with whom Indian team had fierce rivalry in recent past. Who claimed bumped catches and got away and not only picking them but making them captains. There seems no team loyalty in place.

    Deepak Chopra

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 1, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    I hope Pontings addition doesn't mean Dwayne Smith sits out, he and Sachin were the best opening pair for balance M.I have had they complement each other well opening.

  • Raju_Iyer on March 31, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    Here's hoping Ponting brings that X factor which helps Mumbai to win!

  • on March 31, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Hope Aussie flovour for Mumbai Indians doesn't loose many MI fans

  • on March 31, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    I don't really know why Mumbai Indians a team which has players like Tendulkar has to be led by probably the most unsporting player in the history of the game (asides Hayden, McGrath and Warner)......Don't like this guy at all because I still remember him claiming false catches and making ridiculous racial claims during the India-Australia series and being opposed to IPL in the initial stages.....now that he is probably running short of money he has found that IPL is a great oppurtunity to play alongside Tendulkar,Harbhajan and Kumble.....useless (sic)

  • featurewriter on March 31, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Catherine Abamonga: Ponting was talking about Australian Test players - not Australian cricketers in general.

  • on March 31, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    don't think chokers tag is justified for MI, after all they have won the CLT20 championship which allows "selected few" of the IPL teams, so by that definition it is IPL's daddy :)

  • Raj_Analyst on March 31, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Ponting and Sachin are past their prime.I don't think Ponting's inclusion is going to make a huge difference. 5 years ago would have been a different scenario.

  • Nayel_19 on March 31, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Catherine Abamonga on (March 31, 2013, 18:19 GMT) FYI Ponting has retired now and he has clearly said that he skipped IPL becoz he had lots of INTL. cricket on that time...respect a legend!

  • crindex on March 31, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Good Luck Punter ! Keep your head cool and lead the Indian boys to victory.

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    MI has always been filled with Talent, but cannot seem to carry it to conclusion and win championship. They desperately need a championship otherwise the chokers tag is going to stick and will become a self fulfilling prophecy.

  • timtom on March 31, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Ponting will raise the bar with a good team at his disposal.. Well he got one now. MI shud cross the line this time..

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    IPL 2013 Finale - Dhoni vs Ponting if happend its very Exicting

  • gs123456 on March 31, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    best team for MI sachin, dwayne smith,ponting,rayudu,rohit sharma,karthik,pollard,harbhajan,malinga,munaf ojha/kulkarani if not captain i wont think that ponting will b in the playing 11...

  • on March 31, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    What a transformation. Not too long ago, Ponting was fighting to keep Aussie players to notparticipate in IPL. ANd now he is all "excited to be back for IPL". Says a lot abour how mighty the IPL has become.

  • riverlime on March 31, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Wisely done by Ponting. Hope to see him playing as well in the WI T20 league, which in my mind should be called the West Indies Cricket League, the WICL, which is far more appropriate a title than Caribbean Premier League. (The Caribbean incorporates Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and other territories that have no interaction with WI cricket; the word "Premier" also does not confer any information about the sport being played).

  • Tabrez_22 on March 31, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    @3_Reasons Do u really think Sachin has any wishes remaining in cricket arena? I seriously doubt dat. Yeah sachin did gifted it to Bhajji but wudn't gift it to anybody and specially his Chaddi Buddy(Punter). Anyways, It will be interesting to see Bhajji and Punter hugging though on the field ;)

  • mit_rocks on March 31, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    This is going to be an exciting season for MI. They have been a very good side right from the season 1 but they always lacked a good captain to take some crucial decision. Cheers for MI.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    No doubt Pointing will be the best skipper on the line up, but will be interesting to see how Bajji performs or even what kind of role he would be playing when Pointing is around..

  • asvigneshbalaji on March 31, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    @ram! i think maxwell will not prove his worth, seeing his performance in test series

  • Surajdon9 on March 31, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Punter Can't wait more to watch your lovely Hook and Pull.....

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 31, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    @ Tabrez_22

    It was the wish of Sachin. :) He had gifted the captaincy to Bhajji but since Ponting is in the team. He will lead the team.

  • Thefakebook on March 31, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Excited to be back for IPL-Ponting,I wonder why Rick?

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 31, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Welcome Back mate.

    When you were playing for Aus against Ind, you were famous in Ind for reasons you wouldn't like to know.

    But now you are going to open with Sachin. I'm not even a MI fan but would love to see 2 Legends batting together. ;)

    This is what IPL is all about. Can't wait.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    don't know how Ponting can keep a place in the team with such quality in foreign players. i think he's in as a captain only

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on March 31, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Like all retired international players, I expect his IPL life to be not more than 1 year. You just can't play in IPL without international level practise.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    My Team..Ricky Ponting (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Glenn Maxwell/Dwayne Smith/James Franklin, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga/Mitchell Johnson(In Chennai..), Munaf Patel/Dhawal Kulkarni..

  • Tabrez_22 on March 31, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Stil cant believe; Ponting will be captaining sachin, judgement day is near guys.

  • Tabrez_22 on March 31, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Stil cant believe; Ponting will be captaining sachin, judgement day is near guys.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    My Team..Ricky Ponting (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Glenn Maxwell/Dwayne Smith/James Franklin, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga/Mitchell Johnson(In Chennai..), Munaf Patel/Dhawal Kulkarni..

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on March 31, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Like all retired international players, I expect his IPL life to be not more than 1 year. You just can't play in IPL without international level practise.

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    don't know how Ponting can keep a place in the team with such quality in foreign players. i think he's in as a captain only

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 31, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Welcome Back mate.

    When you were playing for Aus against Ind, you were famous in Ind for reasons you wouldn't like to know.

    But now you are going to open with Sachin. I'm not even a MI fan but would love to see 2 Legends batting together. ;)

    This is what IPL is all about. Can't wait.

  • Thefakebook on March 31, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Excited to be back for IPL-Ponting,I wonder why Rick?

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 31, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    @ Tabrez_22

    It was the wish of Sachin. :) He had gifted the captaincy to Bhajji but since Ponting is in the team. He will lead the team.

  • Surajdon9 on March 31, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Punter Can't wait more to watch your lovely Hook and Pull.....

  • asvigneshbalaji on March 31, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    @ram! i think maxwell will not prove his worth, seeing his performance in test series

  • on March 31, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    No doubt Pointing will be the best skipper on the line up, but will be interesting to see how Bajji performs or even what kind of role he would be playing when Pointing is around..