Sourav Ganguly's announcement of his retirement just before the first Test will act as a distraction for the Indians and they will be under pressure in the series, Australia's skipper Ricky Ponting said.
"It (Ganguly's retirement) will certainly create distractions. And we have experienced it when Steve Waugh, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist retired," Ponting said ahead of the first Test.
"The decision takes pressure off Sourav but puts pressure on some other and the Indian players will certainly be facing that for the next four weeks. I'm sure the crowd in India will be eager to come out and see Sourav play his last Tests. And that will add to the overall spectacle of the series," added Ponting.
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