IPL 6: Ponting to open batting with Tendulkar?

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Published: Friday, February 8, 2013, 11:01 [IST]
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IPL 6: Ponting to open with Tendulkar?

Bangalore, Feb 8: The sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 6) might see the arrival of a new opening batting partnership with two of the greatest batsmen in the game joining hands.

We are talking about the possibility of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting walking out together to open the batting for Mumbai Indians in IPL 6.

With Mumbai buying the former Australian captain for $400,000 there is high chance of Tendulkar and Ponting being at the crease to face the new ball.

In the last five editions of IPL, Mumbai have tried several combinations at the top with Tendulkar, but many have not worked. Sanath Jayasuriya, Richard Levi, James Franklin, Ryan McLaren, Dwayne Smith are the few names who have played as openers for Mumbai.

In the first two editions when Jayasuriya opened batting with Tendulkar, the Sri Lanka called it "the greatest thing" in his career to "open with the best player in the world." The Sri Lanka had also said that he got to learn a lot from Tendulkar.

Ponting too has said he will get to learn a lot from Tendulkar during his stint with Mumbai.

"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," Ponting said.

After hearing the news of Mumbai buying him, Ponting sent a text message to Tendulkar and the Master Blaster replied.

The Australian has opened batting for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League and will be hoping to team up with Tendulkar this year and take Mumbai to the IPL title, which they have never won.


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