They were once part of one of the biggest rivalries in world cricket, but Ricky Ponting now enjoys Sourav Ganguly's company and is more often than not on the same page as the former India captain, as they try to end Delhi Capitals' dry run and help them capture their first Indian Premier League title.
"We've always going on well since our playing days. Since we've retired, we've caught up a couple times a year at least.
"I've always enjoyed his company. I think all the boys have enjoyed it as well."
"He's very passionate about Delhi Capitals and the success that we're hoping to bring to the team so we're working well together.
"He's said all along that he expects it to be a very good pitch.
"I think the reason they have been so good as the curators decided to leave it just a little bit more grass and they haven't sort of spun as much. It has pretty good pace and bounce and the ball tends to swing a bit here as well because of the humid conditions," Ponting elaborated on the pitch.
All eyes were on Ganguly on the eve of the match as the celebrated southpaw was seen helping left-handers in the side get a hang of the surface.
According to reports, Ganguly is likely to depose in person before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman regarding conflict of interest as Justice (Retd) D.K. Jain might just want to hear him out before taking the final call.
Three Kolkata based fans -- Bhaswati Santua, Ranjit Seal and Abhijeet Mukherjee -- in a letter to the BCCI Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Jain alleged that Ganguly's dual role is a case of conflict of interest, and they fear he might have it his way with the pitch curator ahead of the game.
Ganguly, however, in his written reply to the Ombudsman's notice, has categorically denied the charge.
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