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IPL History: Top 5 famous Indian-foreigner unions

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 22:08 IST

Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting opened for Mumbai Indians.
Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting opened for Mumbai Indians.

Indian Premier League, a franchise-based Twenty20 competition that was introduced by the BCCI in the year 2008, has been successful in every possible way. From generating great entertainment to dousing the organizers with profit, IPL has fulfilled all promises firmly.

IPL was brought to cash in the attraction of T20 cricket that was alluring a big group of cricket fans, and, with no surprise, it has been successful to an extent that watching IPL matches in the evenings of April and May has become a regular routine for Indians.

While IPL has provided the opportunity to watch Indian legends competing against one another in cut-throat competition, it has also given the luxury to watch the Indian players playing with their rivals from other countries. Many foreigner cricketers, who were rivals of Indian cricketers at some point of time, played alongside in a same playing eleven in Indian Premier League.

In this article, we are going to have a look at five famous Indian-foreigner pairs, watching whom together in IPL, cricket fans enjoyed a lot.

#1 Ricky Ponting-Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting ahead of IPL 2008.
Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting ahead of IPL 2008.

There is no doubt that at some point of time both were huge rivals of each other, captaining their respective nations. India versus Australia, under Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting respectively, was a separate contest in itself, as obvious by the results of the World Cup 2003 where Australia was unbeaten throughout and India was only beaten by Australia. Under Ganguly, the Indian team challenged the Ponting-led invincible Australian team, the top moment of that was the final of the 2003 World Cup.

In the inaugural season of IPL in the year 2008, Kolkata Knight Riders got together the two of them. While Ganguly was named as the icon player for KKR, Ponting was hooked up by KKR for $4 lakh during the auction.

Though Ponting played just four matches for KKR and scored only 39 runs at 9.75 with the highest score of 20, watching two opponent decision-makers thinking about the same team was a joyful scene for cricket fans.

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