Punter banks on Bond-factor against KKR


Kolkata: Former Australian World Cup wining skipper Ricky Ponting who is presently the coach of Mumbai Indians in IPL 8 is hoping that his Mumbai Indians team’s new bowling coach Shane Bond would carve out the same quality of bowlers out of his Indian Premier League (IPL) squad as the ex-New Zealand speedster did with the Black Caps during the World Cup.

Bond coached the impressive New Zealand’s bowling unit during the recently concluded World Cup, with Trent Boult and Tim Southee receiving much accolades for their stellar performance.

Ponting said that having Shane with them would be terrific as he has had great impact especially on the New Zealand bowlers. Citing Trent Boult and Tim Southee’s improvement as an example, the two-time World Cup winning captain further said that he hopes Bond could have the same impact on some of the younger guys in Mumbai Indians.

Mumbai will be facing last year’s champion KKR at Eden Gardens on Wednesday. Out of previous fourteen meetings, Mumbai has won ten matches and KKR got the better of them only four times.