Ponting begins new innings as MI's mentor

Published on March 30, 2015 22:00:28 PM
Mumbai: Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting today started his new innings as the head coach of the Mumbai Indians who initiated their preparation at the Wankhede Stadium ahead of the IPL season 8 which is scheduled to commence on April 8.

Punter, who drove his nation to World Cup victory in 2003 and 2007, took up his new role here as the 2013 IPL champions went through their first net session at their home venue.

The entire squad has not yet gathered and some are relied upon to join the short camp in a day or two in front of MI's opening game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.

Skipper Rohit Sharma is relied upon to join the camp in a few days, as mentioned by a team source, who included an internal practice game has been planned for April 4 by which time the whole squad would have gathered.

The full squad:

Indian players: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Abhimanyu Mithun, Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Parthiv Patel, Pragyan Ojha, R Vinay Kumar, Akshay Wakhare, Hardik Pandya, Jagadeesha Suchith, Nitish Rana, Pawan Suyal, Siddhesh Lad, Shreyas Gopal, Unmukt Chand.

Foreign players: Aaron Finch (Australia), Aiden Blizzard, (Australia), Corey Anderson (New Zealand), Josh Hazlewood (Australia), Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Marchant de Lange (South Africa), Mitchell Mcclenaghan (New Zealand).