Ponting, who recently retired from international cricket, was bought by Mumbai Indians at his base price of $400,000 during Sunday’s auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) sixth edition.
“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 the eve of Irani Cup tie at the Wankhede Stadium.
Ponting was Harbhajan’s bunny, dismissing the Australian legend 10 times in seven Tests. Incidentally, Ponting was the spinner’s 50th, 250th and 300th victim. Ponting was one of the key figures as Australia captain on India’s controversial 2007-08 tour of Australia where Harbhajan was accused of racially abusing Andrew Symonds (former Mumbai Indians teammate) during the Sydney Test. The coming five days will be most crucial for Harbhajan Singh. For, the Irani Cup starting today against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai will likely seal his fate for the Australia Test series.
The veteran offie, who played his 99th Test (against England in November) at the Wankhede Stadium where the Irani Cup will be held, is just one Test away from reaching the milestone.
Bhajji, however, is not losing sleep thinking about when his big moment will arrive.
“I am not thinking about the 100th Test. Sometimes, these things do get into your head. Since the last one year, I have been trying too many things to play my 100th Test.
“But when I started playing, I never thought I would come this far. I was just looking to enjoy the game. I want to get back into that system where I play with passion and forget about the rest,” Harbhajan, who will represent Virender Sehwag’s Rest of India, said on match eve.