Never Thought of Becoming Mates With Harbhajan Singh Says Ricky Ponting
Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting and India offie Harbhajan Singh were fierce rivals during their heydays. However, both becoming friend one day wouldn’t have been imagined by any, especially after the infamous Monkeygate scandal. However, all those perceptions change with the introduction of the Indian Premier League.
Harbhajan Singh became a public enemy of Australia in 2008 when Andrew Symonds alleged that the cricketer had hurled a racial abuse. The International Cricket Council and the CA and the BCCI eventually had to bring down curtains on that particular incident and the Sydney Test.
Ricky Ponting was the skipper of Australia when the incident happened. Harbhajan Singh was a senior member of the Indian team. Most of the Australian players couldn’t quite see eye to eye with Harbhajan following the incident. However just a couple of months into the Border Gavaskar series, the Indian Premier League was launched with Bhajji and Ponting playing for different franchises.
The IPL helped people of different countries gel together under one roof. The popularity of IPL has reached a whole new level and with the 12th season coming up in a week’s time, IPL has to be the best T20 League all across the globe. Meanwhile, Ponting and Harbhajan finally became teammates when Mumbai Indians bought Ricky Ponting for his base price of Rs 2.10 crores in 2013 Auctions.
Ricky Ponting shared the dressing room with Harbhajan Singh
Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2014 and subsequently became the head coach of Mumbai Indians in December 2014. Punter was at the helm for a couple of years. Ponting developed a great rapport with all members of the Mumbai Indians franchise which also included his one-time rival, Harbhajan Singh.
The former Australian skipper left Mumbai Indians and was elected as the head coach of Delhi Daredevils. He will now be working closely with former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly who has been roped in as an advisor/mentor of Delhi Daredevils.
“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.
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