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IPL 6: Harbhajan awaits Ponting to join MI squad

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Bhajji awaits Ponting to join MI squad

Mumbai, Feb 6: India's Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday said that he is awaiting the start of the sixth edition of IPL to enjoy Australian legend Ricky Ponting's company in the Mumbai Indians' dressing room.

Reliance-owned franchise bought the Australian legend for $400,000 during the IPL 6 auction held at Chennai on Sunday.

Ricky Ponting and Harbhajan Singh share an unusual record, as the batsman has been Harbhajan's 50th, 250th and 300th Test victim. Moreover, he has been termed Harbhajan's bunny as the veteran of 168 Tests and 375 ODIs has been dismissed by the turbanator seven times in Tests.

The turbanator told reporters on the eve of the Irani Cup tie that he is looking forward to have Ponting in Mumbai Indians' dressing room.

"He is one of the greats of the game. It will be great to have him in the dressing room. I am looking forward to it," Harbhajan told Mid-day on Tuesday.

Though Harbhajan Singh is reminded of Ponting's match-winning knock in the World Cup 2003 final, the veteran off-spinner feels Ricky Ponting is a legendary cricketer and his inclusion in the Mumbai Indians squad would strengthen the team's batting line-up.

Mumbai have previously had Australian Andrew Symonds in their team. Symonds and Harbhajan were involved in "monkey-gate" controversy during India's tour of Australia in 2008. Ponting also played in the series and Sachin Tendulkar was batting with Harbhajan when the controversy broke out. Now, all three will be part of the same dressing room.

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Story first published:  Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 16:36 [IST]
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