Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > Features >

The Sachin Tendulkar-Ricky Ponting jugalbandi in IPL 2013 for Mumbai Indians

The Sachin Tendulkar-Ricky Ponting jugalbandi in IPL 2013 for Mumbai Indians

The batting card of Mumbai Indians will contain the surreal combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, two supreme exponents of the art of batsmanship together for the first time © Getty Images

The Mumbai Indians batting card will see the unprecedented miracle of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting appearing together. Arunabha Sengupta, however, refuses to get too excited.


 
When one looks at the Mumbai Indians team for this season’s hit-and-giggle circus – okay, we will call it the Indian Premier League (IPL) – one is plagued by a sense of unreality.
 
The batting card will contain the surreal combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, two supreme exponents of the art of batsmanship together for the first time – something that should have had the connoisseurs drooling with anticipation. The two who have conquered every peak in the landscape of cricket, legends who bestride the history of the game as undisputed giants, a combination of talent, heroism, runs and rivalry that has perhaps only the duo of Don Bradman and Wally Hammond as equivalent.
 
However, the truth is that most connoisseurs could not care less. While their willows have performed the greatest of feats imaginable in the loftiest of contests and arenas, they now prepare to flash together to entertain in an extravaganza that is perhaps the crudest variant of this splendid game. The two, who between them have climbed unknown mountains, of size and stature beyond erstwhile dreams and imagination, are now getting ready to put on a joint act of climbing stunted ladders.
 
They have been engaged in some of the most staggering contests in the past, across a decade and a half, in Tests and One Day Internationals, from titanic tussles for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to edge-of-the-seat World Cup encounters. Now they will turn out for the same side. What will their combined genius look like when they take field for the Mumbai Indians?
 
Imagine Garry Kasparov and Vishy Anand, after their monumental battles over the chess board, teaming up to represent the Azerbaijan Knights in the Russian Corporate League of Ticktacktoe.
 
Or, perhaps, Charles Dickens and Fyodor Dostoyevsky collaborating to write the Official Polish Joke Book. Or, Michelangelo Antonioni and Federico Fellini jointly directing an ad film for Great Gopalbhai Gutka.
 
Well, perhaps the greatness of the two will transcend such cynicism. There may be sparkling gems crafted by the two, which will shine like diamonds in the darkest of coal pits. The two gentlemen may create masterpieces in miniature that will be as immortal as their deeds in real cricket, overcoming the ephemeral nature of the format and associated fanfare. For the team, of course, no one can wish for a better dressing room to pick up pearls of cricketing wisdom from a near inexhaustible collection of splendour.
 
But, for now, from the point of view of pure cricketing action, it would perhaps be prudent not to be too elated by the fact that Ricky Ponting has been purchased by Mumbai Indians.
 
(Arunabha Sengupta is a cricket historian and Chief Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He writes about the history and the romance of the game, punctuated often by opinions about modern day cricket, while his post-graduate degree in statistics peeps through in occasional analytical pieces. The author of three novels, he can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/senantix)

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wkts

Photos

RR vs KXIP, IPL 2014 Match 7 at Sharjah

Videos

Rajasthan Royals' unusual strategy in IPL 2014

Peter Moores aims to resurrect England’s fortunes in his second term as coach

Chetan Sharma: I am often reminded of Javed Miandad’s last-ball six

IPL: Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene maul Mumbai Indians with 151-run opening stand

IPL 2014: JP Duminy unfolding as the Mr Consistent for Delhi Daredevils

IPL 2014: Chennai Super Kings’ bowling attack may present problems for MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings David Miller Delhi Daredevils England India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders Mumbai Indians Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore RR vs KXIP 2014 Virat Kohli

Sharad Pawar questions inclusion of Ravi Shastri, J N Patel in IPL scam probe panel

IPL 2014: Sunrisers Hyderabad to face marauding Kings XI Punjab

Afghanistan appoint Peter Anderson as academy coach

IPL 2014: Sanju Samson says aggression comes to him naturally

Alastair Cook positive about partnership with Peter Moores

Ravi Shastri’s appointment in IPL 2013 probe-panel could hit legal hurdles

IPL 2014: Week 1 – Hits and Flops!

Peter Moores aims to resurrect England’s fortunes in his second term as coach

Chetan Sharma: I am often reminded of Javed Miandad’s last-ball six

IPL: Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene maul Mumbai Indians with 151-run opening stand

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Goodbye greasy hair! 6 home remedies to manage an oily scalp (Gallery)

Ayushmann Khurrana denies signing Akshay Kumar’s next production venture

10 natural ways to keep your home mosquito-free

Saraswatichandra: Who made Jennifer Winget emotional while shooting for honeymoon sequence in London? View pics!

Also on cricketcountry.com