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Advisory role for Ponting

Calcutta: Ricky Ponting is back with the Mumbai Indians. But this time, it’s not as a player, the former Australia captain has joined the IPL franchise on an advisory role.

Ponting was part of the victorious Mumbai Indians side last season and had led the team in the first few outings before handing over the reins to current captain Rohit Sharma.

Ponting will be with the team for the last two matches of the UAE leg.

“I am looking forward to working with the Mumbai Indians once again,” Ponting was quoted as saying by a media release from the franchise.

“I had a fantastic season last summer and understand how passionate our players are towards the franchise. I believe we have the fire in us and we will strive hard to put our best (foot forward),” Ponting added.

With Sachin Tendulkar already present on the sidelines to guide the team, Ponting’s arrival will provide morale boost to the side who have lost all their four matches this season.