New Delhi: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday entered the Indian Premier League after he signed up for struggling franchise Pune Warriors as replacement for injured pacer Ashish Nehra.

Ganguly was unsold in January player’s auctions for IPL-4.

"We were waiting for Ashish Nehra's fitness report and ultimately the report came on Monday. I was already in talks with Ganguly and we decided that the amount of experience that Sourav has in cricket will no doubt help the team. So we finalised Ganguly on Monday night," Pune Warriors Team Director Abhijit Sarkar said referring to the finger injury that Nehra has been nursing.

Ganguly, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders for three IPL seasons captaining them in two editions, went unsold in the January players' auction despite a rather modest base price of USD 400,000.

The 38-year-old refused a mentor's role with KKR after that and there had been speculation of a possible comeback through another franchise.

The left-handed batman was first sought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala but their application was rejected by the IPL's Governing Council.

However, he signed on the dotted line for Pune on Monday, giving a major fillip to the side which has lost six matches on the trot after starting promisingly with a couple of back-to-back wins.

(Agencies)