"I had Ganguly and Ishant Sharma both in my side. We got on really, really well," he said.
"I think it's a good opportunity for some of those cultural differences or breakdowns in international cricket to be understood better."
Ponting says he is already looking forward to another stint in the IPL.
"The professionalism around the franchises and around the tournament was great," he said.
"I enjoyed and it will be good when I get a chance to go back and play some more."
He says the ICC needs to recognise the success of the Indian Premier League.
"I think they'd be silly if they didn't put it on the calendar," he said.
"There's a real danger that international players will see the glitz and glamour of this event and won't want to play international cricket anymore which I don't think would be great for the game."
All the Australian cricketers who are in international teal will have to return home before 15 May because of tours. Australia has a tour of West Indies form 22 May. They will play a three Test, five ODI and a T20 formatted match.