Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has said that the IPL is a great platform for youngsters. He has opined that the IPL has converted India into a powerhouse of cricket. Speaking at the Salaam Cricket event, he was all praise for the cash rich league.

He said, “It’s great to see what IPL is doing by promoting the youngsters and we are all getting a look at them. I always talk about how you judge how good some of these young Indian players are. We always had a great rivalry. I can’t remember a game that hasn’t been played at a high competitive standard. We have been fierce competitors. I believe it should be in all international crickets. I loved every opportunity I had to play against Indian cricket team.”

He added, “I really saw cricket in this country grow and become the powerhouse of cricket. The players who are representing India now or the IPL franchises are unbelievably talented players,” he added. Talking about the 2003 World Cup final which India lost to Australia, Ponting said he was doubtful if his team could have won the match if it had to be replayed the next day due to rain.”

The recognition for the IPL coming from a legend like Ponting really shows the growing importance of the event worldwide.