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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Ricky Ponting

One of the greatest batsmen of all time, the most successful Test captain ever, one runs out of superlatives while describing Ricky Ponting's career. He was known for his aggression, both in his craft and in his captaincy. For the better part of his career, he led the Australian 'Invincibles', the team with the likes of Shane Warne, Mathew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer. Under him, Australia won three consecutive World Cups in 1999, 2003 and 2006 in a period of unprecedented dominance in world cricket. The amount of Test and ODI centuries he stacked up combined is only surpassed by Sachin Tendulkar. As captain, his only notable defeats were the two Ashes and slip ups in South Africa and India. He stepped down from ODI captaincy when Australia's run of 26 unbeaten World Cup games ended in 2011. His batting form too saw a decline since then and finally, in 2012, he announced that the Perth Test against South Africa would be his final international outing for Australia.


Will have to get used to new normal: Ishant Sharma on possible ban on use of saliva

May 18, 2020 5:02 pm

The ICC is reportedly considering the use of artificial substances on the ball instead of saliva in the post COVID-19 scenario, effectively legalising ball-tampering. The idea has attracted a mixed response from the cricketing fraternity.

Usman Khawaja was dropped due to inconsistency, his return will be difficult: Ricky Ponting

May 18, 2020 2:01 pm

Usman Khawaja was recently left out of the Australia's annual list of contracted players after he was dropped midway through last year's Ashes.

Luckily for me, I had Ponting around: Rohit Sharma recalls massive turnaround in IPL 2014

May 09, 2020 11:01 am

Rohit Sharma recalled his hat-trick for Deccan Chargers against Mumbai Indians where he got the wickets of Jean-Paul Duminy, Abhishek Nayar and Harbhajan Singh

Ricky Ponting terms Andrew Flintoff's over as 'best over' he has ever faced

April 10, 2020 12:38 pm

Former Aussie skipper shared the Ashes clash video and termed Andrew Flintoff's over as best over he has ever faced in his international career.

Wasim Jaffer picks Ricky Ponting as 12th man in his all-time ODI XI

April 04, 2020 1:25 pm

Wasim Jaffer made a strange choice when he picked Australia's two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting as the 12th man. Ponting is the third-highest run-scorer in the history of ODI cricket.

'Tell the boys to be ready': Ricky Ponting before wreaking havoc in World Cup 2003 final

March 24, 2020 12:07 pm

Ricky Ponting scored an unbeaten 140 in the World Cup 2003 final against India including four fours and eight sixes in Johannesburg.

Ricky Ponting shares photo of World Cup 2003 final bat, gets one query from Indians

March 23, 2020 1:34 pm

Ricky Ponting's inning in the final had four fours and eight sixes. Aided by half-centuries from Adam Gilchrist and Damien Martyn, Australia posted a huge total of 359.

Monkeygate was lowest point of my captaincy: Ricky Ponting

March 18, 2020 2:20 pm

The scandal unfolded when senior Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was charged with racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds during the second Test at Sydney.

Lack of leadership led to ball-tampering scandal, says Ricky Ponting

February 13, 2020 9:53 pm

Steve Smith and David Warner were handed one-year bans, while Cameron Bancroft was suspended for nine months by Cricket Australia for their respective roles in the ball-tampering scandal.

Watch: Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting rewind time with sixes in Bushfire Bash

February 09, 2020 1:15 pm

Ponting XI defeated Gilchrist XI in the Big Appeal's Bushfire Cricket Bash by just one run in the end, after Ricky Ponting's side posted 104/5 with the help of Brian Lara's 30-run knock in ten overs.