IPL 2023: 'Whether we are good mates or not," Ponting's honest remark on working with Ganguly

Ricky Ponting opened up in a podcast on working with former rival Sourav Ganguly at the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2023.

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The Delhi Capitals are having a poor outing in the IPL 2023. They have lost seven of their 11 games in the season so far and struggling at the bottom of the table. The side may not be officially out of the race for a playoff qualification but it definitely looks like it's over. The Capitals are playing without their first-team captain Rishabh Pant in the season. He is recovering from injuries sustained in a car crash last year. Under David Warner, DC have failed to find solidity, particularly in their batting unit.

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Delhi Capitals have two of the biggest names sitting in the dugout in coaching roles. Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is their head coach, and former India captain Sourav Ganguly is the director of cricket for the Capitals. The duo had also worked together in the 2019 season of the tournament. That was the beginning of an overall franchise. In that edition, DC finished third in the points table.

IPL 2023: Ricky Ponting shared his experiences working with Ganguly

"We get on really well because we can see the bigger picture for this franchise, and what we have to do together to guarantee success for DC. Regardless of if we're not good mates, when you're working in a team, you got to come together and focus on one direction. Leave the past behind, whatever's happened has happened."

Ponting gave an example of working with Harbhajan Singh at Mumbai Indians. For Ponting, Harbhajan was his greatest rival on the field.

"One of the best examples was when I went to Mumbai. One of my biggest on-field rivals was Harbhajan. The next minute, I'm walking in MI and captaining him! I'm catching off his bowling and hugging him! That's the really good thing about the IPL. The international rivalries are probably not as strong now because you're working with those guys," said the former Australia skipper.

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