Australia's cricketers are likely to use their stints in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to mend the fractured relationship between them and the sport's powerhouse.
After a summer in which relations between the two countries plunged to a new low in the wake of the Harbhajan Singh-Andrew Symonds race row and India's threat to go home, Australia are hopeful their presence on the subcontinent will repair the rift.
Ricky Ponting, Symonds and Brett Lee head a large group of Australians spread across the eight franchises in the lucrative Twenty20 competition, which starts next week.
Figures across the franchises believe Australian players are perfectly placed to offer the peace pipe and reclaim their popular standing in India, especially given they will tour for a Test series later this year.
The Australians' image in cricket-mad India was tarnished during the tumultuous summer, and player agent Neil Maxwell, also the chief executive of the Mohali franchise, urged Ponting and his players to bridge the gap.
"If the players are smart, and already I've seen Matthew Hayden extend an olive branch, they'll use this opportunity ... to be embraced by their local community and then be appreciated by the broader cricket audience in India," Maxwell said.
"There's definitely a level of negativity towards Australian players en masse, but there's an opportunity for Cricket Australia (CA) to do something about it, and they need to use this opportunity to build or enhance their brand image during this tournament."
CA chief executive James Sutherland was hopeful his players could break down the animosity between the sides by playing alongside their Indian rivals and spending time with them off the field.
"The potential is there once they all get together and communicate and understand each other better, it can break down a whole lot of those issues," he said.
"It takes willing parties to do that and I would be very optimistic that our players would be wanting to take that approach."
Former Australian coach John Buchanan will spend much of his time as coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders working with the franchise captain, Sourav Ganguly, who thrived on getting under the skin of the Australians as Indian captain during the 2001 series.
But Buchanan believed the bringing together of different personalities and cultures - Pakistan firebrand Shoaib Akhtar will also play for the franchise - would be beneficial for all cricketing nations, and lessen any ill-feeling between countries in the future.
"Players will get to know each other better," he said.
"That will mean there will be a greater understanding of how Australians play the game, how Indians, how Pakistanis, how South Africans play the game.
"The cultural mix is a huge plus for the game worldwide."
Lee, an Australian player who still enjoys immense popularity in India, said the chance to play alongside his rivals was what attracted him to play in the IPL.
"People were saying that relationships between India and Australia weren't at their best this summer - which I don't really agree with. Yes, there was an incident here and there but everyone gets well off the field. But this is going to strengthen the ties between Australia and India," he said.
"If I'm playing alongside (India's combative Shantha) Sreesanth and (Sri Lanka's Kumar) Sangakkara and (Mahela) Jayawardene ... it will give us a better understanding on how these guys go about their business.
"That's only got to improve relationships with every country."