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Ponting sends text message to Sachin

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Updated: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 12:31 [IST]
 
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Ponting sends text message to Sachin

Bangalore, Feb 7: Soon after Mumbai Indians bought former Australia captain Ricky Ponting in the IPL 6 Player Auction, the batsman exchanged text messages with Sachin Tendulkar and said he was looking forward to playing with the Master Blaster.

Also read: Ponting overtakes Tendulkar

On February 3, Sunday, Mumbai picked Ponting for $400,000 in the auction. It was Ponting's reserve price and Mumbai were the only one to bid for the Australian.

Ponting, who hit a century for Tasmania in Sheffield Shield on Wednesday (February 6), spoke to reporters after the end of day's play and said: "I sent him (Sachin Tendulkar) a message as soon as the auction was over just to say I'm looking forward to playing with him."

"He (Tendulkar) sent a message straight back saying the same thing. It will be great fun for us to play together," Ponting was quoted in the Australian media.

He further added: "We've played a lot against each other over the years and spent a little bit of time together off the field. I think I can still learn a fair bit from him as well. Hopefully he might even learn a few things off me."

"I really enjoyed the Big Bash and you enjoy a day like today. No doubt I'll enjoy the IPL," the right-hander said.

Tendulkar, who is back as Mumbai captain for IPL 6, might open the batting with Ponting this season. Ponting has previously played in IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Story first published:  Thursday, February 7, 2013, 10:43 [IST]
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