Ponting making friends
Ricky Ponting says playing in the IPL with Sourav Ganguly and Ishant Sharma has helped improve relations.
Last Updated: 25/04/08 2:25pm
Australia captain Ricky Ponting says playing in the Indian Premier League with Sourav Ganguly and Ishant Sharma has helped improve relations with the Indians after the turbulent tour Down Under.
India's tour of Australia was overshadowed by the acrimony between the two teams, along with the race row involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds.
Ponting was also involved in controversy when he declared Ganguly out following a dubious low catch by Michael Clarke while the Indian batsman stood his ground.
Ganguly is now Ponting's Twenty20 captain at the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Australian says taking part in the tournament is a good way to improve relations after the troubled tour.
"I have a good rapport with Ganguly," Ponting told the Mumbai-based Mid-Day.
"Until some time ago we were rival captains but now we share the same dressing room. I am very happy to play under him.
"If I have any ideas, I share with him."
33-year-old Ponting had big trouble trying to deal with young paceman Ishant during the Australian summer, and is now happy to be on the same side.
"Ishant is a good friend now," Ponting added. "We have forgotten everything.
"We have no grudges left. I am enjoying his company."
Ponting and his new friends appear to be bonding well as Kolkota have won their opening two IPL matches in good style.