retirement of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey. Media watchers said the clash of the erstwhile two top
teams in transition has all the ingredients for a big series
that would attract a lot of viewers and hence it was not
surprising to see advertisers flocking in, even including Hero
MotoCorp. Earlier, a spokesperson of Hero MotoCorp had stated that its decision not to renew central contract with IPL and with
IPL team Mumbai Indians does not in any way dilute its
commitment to cricket as a sport. "It is the most popular game in the country, and we will continue to remain associated with the game in various forms," the spokesperson had said.