Smith, Ryder leave WC rivalry behind, gear up for IPL
Navi Mumbai: Less than two weeks after South Africa were ousted by New Zealand from the World Cup in Dhaka, it seems Graeme Smith has forgiven Jesse Ryder for spoiling his swansong tournament as skipper.
The two, now team-mates for IPL debutants Sahara Pune Warriors, were seen enjoying the practise session together under lights at the D Y Patil stadium here this evening.
The duo did some ground-fielding and catching practice together.
In fact, when Smith hit the stumps with a direct hit during the fielding practise, Ryder went and patted him.
When Smith turned up for batting, it was the Kiwi who bowled at him the first ball which the South African treated with utmost respect.
Ryder had played a match-winning 83-run knock in the quarter-final at Dhaka that allowed the Kiwis reach a respectable 221, which the Proteas failed to chase and fell short of by 49 runs, in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.
South African pacer Wayne Parnell and New Zealand off-spinner Nathan McCullum, who too represented their countries in the World Cup, too had a good time during the practise session.
Barring skipper Yuvraj Singh, who is yet to join the squad, and pacer Ashish Nehra and Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Matthews, both ruled out due to injuries, most of the big names of the team turned up for the practise session.
Pune Warriors take on Kings XI Punjab here on Sunday in their opening IPL match.