Ponting excited to be back at IPL
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
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
"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
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