ICL: Indian Cricket League

Ponting, Kumble face to face in IPL


After India’s controversial tour down under, cricket fans will feature another classic confrontation between Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and Indian Test captain Anil Kumble in Indian Premier League starting next week.

Three months after accusing Ponting’s team of not playing inspirit of cricket, Kumble will represent Bangalore Royal Challengers against Ponting’s Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore on April 18. But this time Ponting will have former skipper Saurav Ganguly and fiery pace sensation Ishant Sharma, as his new teammates.

New South Wales coach Matthew Mott, who will be John Buchanan’s assistant in Kolkata, says IPL will have plenty of “by-play” between batsman and bowler but will lack negative headlines of last summer.

“Even in state cricket, if you play against someone and you have a bit of on-field run-in and then if you get to play in same side as that person, it’s amazing how many times you actually get along quite well with them,” he said.

Source:Cricket News

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