Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day December 3, 2012

At the end, Ponting returns to roots

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For a moment, Ricky Ponting was a kid again. As he sat in the WACA gym and spoke one last time as a Test cricketer, the emotion finally got the better of him. Ponting, perhaps the toughest competitor of his cricketing generation, fought back tears as he thanked his family for all of their sacrifices. His wife Rianna was there with his daughters Emmy and Matisse. His parents, Graeme and Lorraine, were there too. It was a rare glimpse of the human side of one of sport's hardest men.

To understand Ponting, you have to understand his roots. Australia's most prolific run scorer was raised in working-class northern Tasmania and when he was nine or ten, he used to ride his BMX all around Launceston and the surrounding areas to watch the Mowbray Cricket Club play. He would sit in the change-rooms, rummage through the players' bags when they were on the field and try on their gloves, hold their bats. He helped run the scoreboard at the NTCA ground when Tasmania played there, for a few dollars a day.

At 11, Ponting was playing third-grade cricket with his father; when he became a first-class player, he financed new club-rooms with his first sponsorship payment. He learnt the value of the baggy green when his uncle Greg Campbell, Lorraine's brother and also a Mowbray player, played Test cricket briefly in the late 1980s. Ponting now lives in Sydney but has never changed clubs; if he was to play a club match again it would be for Mowbray.

Ponting walked off the WACA on Monday afternoon having equalled Steve Waugh's record of 168 Test appearances. Nobody has been part of more victories than Ponting. He has played 560 international matches in 15 countries around the world, or 24 if the individual nations that make up the West Indies are taken into consideration. As Ponting sat back and for the first time reflected on his 17-year international career, he became emotional when he considered where it all started.

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the opportunities I was given by them at an early age," Ponting said of his parents. A cough, as he held back the tears. "It's getting a bit harder". Sniff. "The Mowbray Cricket Club, if they see me up here like this at the moment they'll be all over me. That's the place I learnt the game and the person I am was moulded from my background and my upbringing. What you've seen over 17 years is a result of my early days at the Mowbray Cricket Club. Thanks to the boys back there."

Tough as they make them in Mowbray, there wouldn't have been a dry eye there either. Ponting still keeps a close eye on his club's scores. In fact, he keeps a close eye on everything related to the world of cricket. The kid who sat in the change-rooms and listened to the first-grade players tell stories about the match they'd just played still exists. That's what will make retirement so difficult for Ponting. Cricket has been his life.

It is no surprise that he will play on for Tasmania this season, like a junkie being weaned off slowly. From Perth, he will fly to Tasmania to start training for the Hobart Hurricanes. The Big Bash League starts later this week and Ponting will be part of it. Always renowned as a realist, the dreamer in Ponting came through when he considered watching Australia's next Test, against Sri Lanka in Hobart, and joked about warming up with the Test players and earning a late call-up.

"You ask the boys in the dressing room, they reckon I don't miss a ball that's bowled anywhere around the world," he said. "Of course I'll keep an eye on it because I'll miss not being out there. I'll be interested to see who comes in and slots into the No.4 spot and I'll be interested to see what the bowling attack looks like for Hobart.

"The way it works out I'll probably be down there anyway. I've got some training to do for the Hurricanes, leading up to that game, so I'll probably be in Hobart just before that. Who knows, I might even be around for the first day of the game. If I am, I might even join in the warm-up with the boys and see if there's just one more chance!"

There's that kid in the change-rooms again. Pick me! Let me play!

But for all of his cricket passion, Ponting knew the time was right to walk away from the international game. His scores over the past few weeks have confirmed it. Not that he had given up hope of ending with a match-winning hundred.

"I had a bit more of a fairytale ending in my own eyes than what's happened this week," Ponting said. Just then, the pipes in the WACA gym began to squeal, almost drowning out his voice. "Still things are going badly for me here as well! It's been one of those weeks."

Apart from when discussing his family, Ponting was relaxed in retirement. He joked about the standing ovation he had received, and the one given to his nightwatchman Nathan Lyon on the first day. He thanked the media for promoting the game and held no grudges about the criticism levelled on him in recent times. He finished with a brief thought about his legacy.

"Hopefully my impact and input on Australian cricket has left something behind. Thank you."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • micklem on December 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    The golden period of his carrier was from the beginning of 2002 to till the end of 2007 world cup.Nobody dominated World cricket such a long time in the way Ponting did in these years.Of course his Splendid touch decreased from 2008 onwards and in the last two years he lost his class a lot in accordance with his own standards.Nevertheless this will not cut down his magnitude a little bit because of his overall awesome attainments Good Bye and Farewell to Ricky Ponting the greatest Batsmen and Cricket Player ever.This is the End of a Great Era of Cricket.

  • micklem on December 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Another aspect of ponting's brilliance as a cricketer is his wonderful captaincy.There were so many top batsmen,but none of them comes anywhere near Ponting in terms of captaincy.He is unique because nobody have enjoyed Success like him.He is part of hundred test wins and involved in Hat-trick World cup wins,twice as a captain.Nobody may not be able to repeat this at all.Ponting scores heavily here when compare with other great batsmen and players.

  • micklem on December 6, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    A distinct feature of his batting is that he always scored some critical innings in Big matches. I can't forget some of his ODI innings. 124* vs Pakistan in 1998 while chasing 315 at Lahore when Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq are in full flow and young Shoib Akhtar also in the team. 92 vs South Africa in 2002 when chasing 326 at Port Elizabeth. 140* vs India at Johannesburg in the 2003 World Cup Final. 164 vs South Africa in 2006 at Johannesburg during the historic match in which an Aggregate of 872 runs scored. These are some outstanding innings which shows the Sheer Quality of Ponting's Batting.He also had played some exceptional innings in Test Matches but since i follows ODI with more enthusiasm,these are the innings that stood in my memory.

  • micklem on December 6, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    My Favourite cricketer have retired.Ricky Ponting is the most Successful and Outstanding Cricketer ever.A real character in the cricket field,he is the best in the business.I would rate him above all in the Top Echelon of Cricketers ever played the game.Many may disagree with these if they started compare with other players based on personal records and other things.What really matters for a Cricketer is to perform in difficult and challenging conditions and how he can generate that performance into team win,win in remarkable Occasions like world cup and win against first class opponents.Ponting is very dominant in this matter.Of course he is blessed with some special teammates during most of his carrier,That's his fortune.His greatness cannot be diminished by this.

  • on December 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Any sport is all about mind games. If your mind is steady and sharp you win else you lose. I don't see a guy like PUNTER will be seen in future. I watched cricket when PUNTER,LARA, WAUGH's, WALSH, AMBROSE, WASIM AKRAM, WAQAR YOUNIS, SACHIN, DRAVID, GILLY, KALLIS and many others played...Future might not see these kind of players...

  • on December 5, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    you will never retire for our heart <3 PUNTER <3

  • getsetgopk on December 4, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    One less bully and the world is a better place already!

  • argylep on December 4, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Lara first to finish years ago - he too got the timing about right - & Punter now gone with SRT inevitably soon to follow. All three men over time will be remembered for their achievements. They will deservedly be regarded as the modern eras finest - the benchmark for that accolade being a career lifetime test average of the low 50s. It used to be in the 40s to be regarded as a very good player but the mark for true greatness is now apaprently 55 + and the only active player with that figure is Kallis; his average has remained remarkably & impressively similar for more than ten years while that of his contemporaries has fallen inexorably in RPs and more slowly in STs case. I can't see JK exceeding STs actual aggregate - at best Kallis may only have another 2 years - but I predict his final average will be far superior - as it is now - to either of them and yet still he is not regarded outside the original top three!!!

  • SmashingBaby on December 4, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Billy Birmingham will now need to come up with his version of Ricky Ponting's voice for his next album! That's where all the legends of Australian cricket belong :) It was a pleasure to have been able to watch you play Ricky, especially during those years where you were undoubtedly the greatest batsman in the world, the strokeplay was sublime, and we always knew you'd pull the team out of trouble! And to finish with the most test runs by an Australian, that's some career. All the best in the future, hopefully your love for cricket will lead you towards coaching and more input into the game rather than just commentating or something.

  • on December 4, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I see this "once in a generation" cricketer praise being handed out quite easily these days. But to my mind he was just that . His aggression, never say die attitude, giving so much to a team that was suddenly a shadow of its former self when Hayden, Gilchrist,Warne, McGrath and Langer all left around the same time, he hung in there still leading, still making runs and doing his best. I also believe hie was the best all round fielder in the world. He fielded at point, in the slips, gully, silly point and short mid wicket. He could hit the stumps with terrific frequency and turn games around. He did not have the fairy tale endings of Warne and McGrath but he was no less a genius. Have a wonderful life Ricky and thank you for just about everything. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • micklem on December 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    The golden period of his carrier was from the beginning of 2002 to till the end of 2007 world cup.Nobody dominated World cricket such a long time in the way Ponting did in these years.Of course his Splendid touch decreased from 2008 onwards and in the last two years he lost his class a lot in accordance with his own standards.Nevertheless this will not cut down his magnitude a little bit because of his overall awesome attainments Good Bye and Farewell to Ricky Ponting the greatest Batsmen and Cricket Player ever.This is the End of a Great Era of Cricket.

  • micklem on December 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Another aspect of ponting's brilliance as a cricketer is his wonderful captaincy.There were so many top batsmen,but none of them comes anywhere near Ponting in terms of captaincy.He is unique because nobody have enjoyed Success like him.He is part of hundred test wins and involved in Hat-trick World cup wins,twice as a captain.Nobody may not be able to repeat this at all.Ponting scores heavily here when compare with other great batsmen and players.

  • micklem on December 6, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    A distinct feature of his batting is that he always scored some critical innings in Big matches. I can't forget some of his ODI innings. 124* vs Pakistan in 1998 while chasing 315 at Lahore when Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq are in full flow and young Shoib Akhtar also in the team. 92 vs South Africa in 2002 when chasing 326 at Port Elizabeth. 140* vs India at Johannesburg in the 2003 World Cup Final. 164 vs South Africa in 2006 at Johannesburg during the historic match in which an Aggregate of 872 runs scored. These are some outstanding innings which shows the Sheer Quality of Ponting's Batting.He also had played some exceptional innings in Test Matches but since i follows ODI with more enthusiasm,these are the innings that stood in my memory.

  • micklem on December 6, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    My Favourite cricketer have retired.Ricky Ponting is the most Successful and Outstanding Cricketer ever.A real character in the cricket field,he is the best in the business.I would rate him above all in the Top Echelon of Cricketers ever played the game.Many may disagree with these if they started compare with other players based on personal records and other things.What really matters for a Cricketer is to perform in difficult and challenging conditions and how he can generate that performance into team win,win in remarkable Occasions like world cup and win against first class opponents.Ponting is very dominant in this matter.Of course he is blessed with some special teammates during most of his carrier,That's his fortune.His greatness cannot be diminished by this.

  • on December 5, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Any sport is all about mind games. If your mind is steady and sharp you win else you lose. I don't see a guy like PUNTER will be seen in future. I watched cricket when PUNTER,LARA, WAUGH's, WALSH, AMBROSE, WASIM AKRAM, WAQAR YOUNIS, SACHIN, DRAVID, GILLY, KALLIS and many others played...Future might not see these kind of players...

  • on December 5, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    you will never retire for our heart <3 PUNTER <3

  • getsetgopk on December 4, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    One less bully and the world is a better place already!

  • argylep on December 4, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Lara first to finish years ago - he too got the timing about right - & Punter now gone with SRT inevitably soon to follow. All three men over time will be remembered for their achievements. They will deservedly be regarded as the modern eras finest - the benchmark for that accolade being a career lifetime test average of the low 50s. It used to be in the 40s to be regarded as a very good player but the mark for true greatness is now apaprently 55 + and the only active player with that figure is Kallis; his average has remained remarkably & impressively similar for more than ten years while that of his contemporaries has fallen inexorably in RPs and more slowly in STs case. I can't see JK exceeding STs actual aggregate - at best Kallis may only have another 2 years - but I predict his final average will be far superior - as it is now - to either of them and yet still he is not regarded outside the original top three!!!

  • SmashingBaby on December 4, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Billy Birmingham will now need to come up with his version of Ricky Ponting's voice for his next album! That's where all the legends of Australian cricket belong :) It was a pleasure to have been able to watch you play Ricky, especially during those years where you were undoubtedly the greatest batsman in the world, the strokeplay was sublime, and we always knew you'd pull the team out of trouble! And to finish with the most test runs by an Australian, that's some career. All the best in the future, hopefully your love for cricket will lead you towards coaching and more input into the game rather than just commentating or something.

  • on December 4, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I see this "once in a generation" cricketer praise being handed out quite easily these days. But to my mind he was just that . His aggression, never say die attitude, giving so much to a team that was suddenly a shadow of its former self when Hayden, Gilchrist,Warne, McGrath and Langer all left around the same time, he hung in there still leading, still making runs and doing his best. I also believe hie was the best all round fielder in the world. He fielded at point, in the slips, gully, silly point and short mid wicket. He could hit the stumps with terrific frequency and turn games around. He did not have the fairy tale endings of Warne and McGrath but he was no less a genius. Have a wonderful life Ricky and thank you for just about everything. Ramanujam Sridhar

  • on December 4, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Cricket will never be the same for me without you, Ricky. Your presence in the national team and the prospect of watching your batting performances was the main reason for my sustained interest in the game. I don't know how things will be without you. Whenever you play in Melbourne for Tasmania, I will be there.

  • straightedge on December 4, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Ricky you had an great and unparalleled career. A role model for any young cricketer around the world, someone who made batting look ridiculously easy. Australian team would never be the same without you. Good luck for your future endeavors and a happy life after retirement.

  • on December 4, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    probably the best player .. best cricketing mind .. best captain and many many more. He got the charisma of leadership and he proved that. God Bless you Ricky Ponting, you'll be remembered :) hats off

  • lsd123 on December 4, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Ponting..One of the greatest batsman of all time. Last 15 test match scores of best 4 batsmen over the last two decades. LARA: 153,41,44,58,243,5,2,83,18,127,29,37,183,216,49=1288 DRAVID: 36,152,60,39,139,123,40,159,85,119,115,78,34,56,26=1261 PONTING:76,8,62,78,21,122,134,7,281,18,48,80,0,20,12=967 TENDULKAR:46,72,41,114,83,38,97,105,121,23,38,19,44,13,16=870

    According to above stats Tendulkar should retire first before all 3 above legends.

  • Romenevans on December 4, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    I'm not comparing but i see punter in Kohli... with same ruthless swagger attitude with unreal talent of making batting look extremely easy.

  • on December 4, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Greatest of the Greats Legend of Cricket !!

  • din7 on December 4, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Good bye ponting....couldn't hold my tears after seeing u go... Ur best of the generation and century..not just as batsman but as cricketer...tendulkar may just hold records. but he has lot to ans which he cant... .but when it comes to best cricketer ever played the game its u punter (im indian).....holding records doesnt tell the whole story...second to u is kallis....good bye punter...will miss ur cover drives ad trademark pull shots.....LOVE U PONTING

  • on December 4, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Undoubtedly the best batsman cricket ever had. Total team player , never played for personal records. Achieved great success as captain and also as batsman. Not to forget his great catches and fielding. If he had debuted at younger age like Sachin tendulkar , then it could have been much interesting to see who had more personal records apart from contribution to team results. I personally will miss his Pull shot .....

  • ZMPK on December 4, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Ricky Ponting will be missed .. he is a true ambassador of the game and he will be remembered till the day cricket is played in this world.

  • on December 4, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    let me confess Even i stoop up in my living room to applaud the end of a great and illustrious career of a great cricketer. thanks a lot for 17 years of wonderful entertainment will miss those great innings, great fielding and the catches and run outs effected by you it was an absolute joy to watch you on the field miss you mate a lot.....

  • TheTraveller on December 4, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    What a Great Player. Everone who entertained us globaly has to go. God bless you Ricky.

  • on December 4, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Undoubtedly one of the greatest batsmen in all types of formats in Cricket. The pull shot on Front Foot against the quickest bowlers shows his class. Really a Great relief for the bowlers around the glob. I wish all the best for the future life.

  • on December 4, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    A great sportsman i've ever seen in world cricket. A great captain and a great and outclass player. These kind of players are a blessing for their team. So Aussies you should pay him a great honour for devoting his life for cricket. We will you Ponting. Now have a long and happy life.

  • Punter.Pratik on December 4, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    This guy will make me cry.Stop giving interviews Ricky.Just go away.When I see/ hear/read about you and realize you won't play for Australia anymore,Even this strong heartened fellow breaks down..

  • on December 4, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    we are gonna miss u ricky.

  • on December 4, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Even though he gave many bowling attacks plenty of headaches, his superior abilities are second-to-none, and he deserves plenty of respect for what he has provided for cricket in Australia and the cricketing community as a whole.

  • Rukky on December 4, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Thanks Ricky for making us enjoy whenever you bat. It was really great to watch you playing on of the best cricketing shots all around the world. You are a true inspiration for coming generations. though whenever you played against India, I wanted you to get out, but you never give up so soon. You are still the most dangerous batsman of our era. Always will miss you in cricket world. Neeraj_India

  • coppyshoppy on December 4, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    unlike Sachin or Lara, Ponting had a very good team in hayden,gilli, warne, mcgrath, and etc. so he can play his natural game freely. but it not in case of sachin or lara. they want to play for team situation.

  • darth_whore on December 4, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Yeah yeah Ricky..Whatever just get out of here.. We don't want you anymore..

  • on December 4, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    I think Ricky Ponting started his career as a modest player and rose to the level of Australian captain and won them 2 ODI World Cups. He's a tough bloke and gets things done in his own way. Of course he was emotional during the press meet. But you have to call it quits some time and that's the life. His achievements are unparralel albeit with some controversies. But he's a tall leader and brought laurels and accolades and who can forget his match winning century in the 2003 World cup. WISH HIM ALL THE BEST and a PEACEFUL RETIRED LIFE and he can contribute more for Australian cricket in the years to come.

  • croneyes on December 3, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    The saddest point of all this is the nature of his exit from the game, averaging 6 for the series. Why do the majority of our great sportsmen and women have to play on and on until they become liabilities? None seem to be able to just up and walk away when on a high. Maybe money and egos play a part. Although Ponting will surely be remembered as one of the greats, part of me cannot but help remember the toupee'd old man whose feet were stuck to the crease struggling through immense pressure to get bat on ball. Why didn't he and the selectors accept that he needed to, like Border, drop down the order to 6. But we're carrying another elder statesman in Hussey there. Would be nice to have a crystal ball, but the selectors and Arthur have to wear some of the responsibility for this embarrassing defeat at Perth. Ponting was described by all and sundry as a great team man, well he has finally done the best thing for his team - retired. Great player.

  • on December 3, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    You will be missed punter you are a champ a legend the best in the modern game love from Pakistani fan

  • anikeert on December 3, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Curtains on a glorious career, but I'm not really feeling that sad, coz I never liked him as a player.

  • SATHISH_04 on December 3, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Great Player of All time..... In IPL ,we need him as the captain of Hyderabad Team...

  • tappee74 on December 3, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    I enjoyed his career.He is an extreme talent,a great among greats, one who carried the excellence of batting and sportsmanship in every corner where cricket is played.Seemed a handful ,but he will sit in the memory of millions around the world.Mr Ponting I am from Guyana,my batting hero is Shivnarine Chanderpaul who is an outstanding cricketer,but as a lover of cricket, i endorsed you as one of the greatest to pranced the green fields.I wish you all the best in the future.

  • on December 3, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Great Player! #RESPECT .. Ponting you are my ideal .

  • 200ondebut on December 3, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Ricky was a good batsman but a poor sportsman. His attitude at times was an embarrassment to the sport - a genuine poor loser who would go into a childish strop if he didn't get everything his way.

  • on December 3, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Ricky Ponting: A class-act...Happy retirement Ricky! Thanks for all you have done for the game. (From a Sri Lankan fan)

  • on December 3, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    you know that someone who has won 3 world cups while captaining in two of those, has scored 2nd most runs in Test and ODI is someone special. Thank You Ponting for all those moments you gave us. You will be missed. you left a mark on cricket that will never erase so congratulations for that.

  • Zubeir09 on December 3, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Definitely You have put an great impact on cricket.... You will be remembered for years to come and will be a roll model for new comers. I will miss you " PUNTER " Thanks for all you have given to the game of Cricket.

  • poms_have_short_memories on December 3, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    As an Australian I found it almost impossible to split him and Tendulkar with Lara a very close third. Possibly the best batsman since Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards.

  • krik8crazy on December 3, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    100 plus test victories! Can any cricketer ever match that?

  • on December 3, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    In 1996 worldcup he was just a cricketer and used to field at the boundary. Each time the ball was hit Ponting was there to collect. No one knew him then. He became a true cricketer not without controversies, of course. But then controversies are part-&-parcel of the game. The moment Michael Clark took over the captaincy we knew his days in the international cricket are numbered. Australia is a sport-loving nation. They are good in all sports and I am sure there will be plenty of Ponting thriving to come into the limelight. Playing for such country for this long says it all. I wish him Good luck. Also, I wish Sachin good luck. I hope he gets another ton at Calcutta.

  • gamespiritfirst on December 3, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    for the whole of my life i had thought that game is bigger than a player,even today i am trying too hard to be on my thoughts,still u had a greater impact. you deserve a lot than people around are saying and thinking. may be one day i can stand in front of you and thank you for what you have done for the game on behalf of the whole of the universe. A TRUE FAN FROM YOUR BELOVED COUNTRY INDIA

  • stormy16 on December 3, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Watched his debut in Perth all those years ago and couldnt believe the selectors dropped him for reckless hooking the WI fastmen a little after that - has there been a better hooker and puller in the game. Was a real technitian and free scoring batter and there have been few before and will be few after who will compare to Ponting. Not sure how many of you recall his cat like fielding skills at backward point in the early days and rarely spilled a catch in the slips. Interestingly it all started and ended at the WACA - his debut, the last game AND the begining of the end. When Ponting misses a hook or pull and you know something is wrong and when he missed a pull shot agains the Windies in Perth a few years ago I knew time was counting. What a legend, what a star.

  • paraloid on December 3, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Thank you Ricky for all those great moments and grand emotions, and thank you all the community of cricket fans who have put aside petty nationalism to salute one of the greats of the game.

  • landl47 on December 3, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    One of the great players. He had his drawbacks as a captain, but his determination was always a wonderful example to other players. His innings on the last day of the third test in England in 2005, when he batted almost all day and in the end saved the match for Australia was one of the best I have ever seen for sheer guts. I hope he has a long and successful retirement.

  • on December 3, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Ricky I Am A Indian But My Australian Beat For Australia Only......... Today After Reading Your Interview I got bit Emotional Will Miss You Mate. You Make Me Love Australia. And Australia Attitude Hope Been Carry In Future. Have A Happy Life. HOPE I GET ONE CHANCE TO MEET YOU PERSONALLY. Miss You> RICKY.

  • 402_Navata_Complex on December 3, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Bye Ricky! You have been such a wonderful ambassador for the game of cricket, especially in some of the test matches you've played. It has been such a great privilege to have watched some of the shots only you can - hooking a fast bowler with such great authority. I am avid supporter of Indian cricket, and I request you to kindly consider getting involved in coaching young India players aspiring to be good batsmen, just like you. Of course, for the time being, enjoy your time with your new team, your family and kids. Wish you all the very best in your life.

  • on December 3, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    You will be greatly missed Captain. I always loved your fighting spirit and attacking cricket. Good time to Go.hope to meet you some where in Life. Love from Pakistan.

  • on December 3, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Great player! Image might me tarnished because there was so much sledging under his watch. Not good for the game. Good Luck!

  • on December 3, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    welldone ricky u are simply best. for me you the best batsmen specially for short balls. and i remember few records abt you 3 world cups 2 as captain in one final destroy indians as single hand. 16 test matches win in a draw as captain. and many more. i always like your body lang as a captain. we will miss u badly. when i ehar how much loyaly u have for your local club. you will be in my heart as a legend always.

  • Digant.Shah on December 3, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Thank You, Ricky Ponting..!

    Thank you for all that you have given to cricket. Thank you for showing the world, what the "willingness to win" is. Thank you for everything.

    You would be rather surprised to hear this from an Indian, as Indians are the ones who used to hate you the most. But, you dont know one thing. It is that somewhere down the line we feared that you would give competition and po possibly surpass the records of our national hero, Sachin Tendulkar. But the fact is, you have earned respect not only among the cricketing society, but from each and every single person out there who watches cricket.

    You, for sure, are a LEGEND. I am lucky to have seen you play. Respect, and nothing else!

    -Digant

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 3, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Bye bye Ricky... hopefully I can meet you some day again in Sydney when I come out to a vacation there. It was a pleasure the last time when we met, even though it was by accident lol. Still, you were a fabulous captain and a true inspiration to not just Australians but every cricket fan globally. I wish you could have played T20s a lot more. The sport's BEST format needs all the BEST players to play it. Sachin is doing it in the IPL for Mumbai, wish you could have done it a bit more for the Hobart Hurricanes. Anyway, best wishes to you and your family. Now you can have fun with your second love - golf.

  • on December 3, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Notwithstanding all the contoversies about Ponting,I still feel Ricky Ponting was a very good cricketerv and a captain .Without him Aussies would not have kissed the World cup twice.He is tuff. But in Cricket ,sometimes one has to become Tuff if one wants to win. I earnestly wished a Ton for him today but the controversial pitch of Perth thought differently. A very happy & peaceful retired life to the Great Ponting, the most successful captain responsible for the Golden Era of Australian Cricket SreedharanMundanat

  • Jasmanmit_singh on December 3, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Today no words. Just best of luck for ur future. God bless u Ricky. Love frm Indian fan.

  • Dreamscrapper on December 3, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is surely one of the best legends Australia and World Cricket has ever had. He should be proud of his immense career as he has achieved so much for Australia as a captain, as a batsman and as a person. His retirement is truely conclusion of another Legend of World Cricket. Congrats and respect to him from me and from my country Bangladesh.

  • emon-28-78 on December 3, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is a true champion cricketer.Besides he has done a lot for Australia Cricket team.Under his excellent captancy Australia has won 3 world cups.It's a record.Also he has over 13 thousand runs in Test and ODI.With a one word,Ricky will remember as a great cricketer in the history of cricket.And the whole world wouldn't forget Ricky Ponting.Wish u all the best in your future life.

  • jmoses on December 3, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Its very sad that we are losing game's best batsmen one by one over the last few months. Dravid, Laxman and now Ponting, and may be Sachin tomorrow. Thank you so much for bringing honor and glory to the game. Cricket will never be the same without these legends. But that's life! We have to move on!

  • swat1999 on December 3, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Wel, his contribution for Australian cricket is remarkable. His life story like a fairytale. Love and aspiration for Mowbray cricket club is mindblowing. Ricky Ponting such a honest and friendly person. I really like his attitude. His media appearance is awesome

  • bigwonder on December 3, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Farewell Pointing, you were a really good batsmen and a cunning captain. Australia flourished under Pointing with other great teammates. It has been wonderful watching him bat all these years. One thing Pointing lacked is humility, which is why I would rate him good captain but not a great captain. Good Luck.

  • cricsom5667 on December 3, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    You will be missed Punter. Another all time great lays down his tools and walks away in the sunset. Wish you all the best in your future endeavours !

  • on December 3, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Great player and captain. I think people should learn from you and others who have retired this year.

  • perl57 on December 3, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    A great end to a great career. Who cares for his slumps in the last few years. Now without Ricky, outside Australia, they are effective one man team who is also not so great. In India, we have been pushing Sachin hard, coz we just do not like his 22 years of entertainment. We do not care his 100x100s nor we care how he dominated bowlers around the planet to give a map to Indian cricket. We hate our heros. We fight till the last minute to get them down. We are shameless. Its great that God is not on earth, or else we would have asked him to retire too. Hope Australia does not do like we Indians.

  • FitzroyMarsupial on December 3, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    No, thank you Ricky. I rarely warmed to you as a person, but always loved the fact that you couldn't care less about that. You played for your team and your country and did both magnificently. The game is poorer without you. From one cricket nut to another - go well, you've deserved it!

  • chathuradil on December 3, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    17 yrs ago I watched the very 1st test he played vs SL when I was 11 yrs old and today I watched his last innings behind my laptop on the office table where i work. A great carrier...... enjoyed his full shot a lot. no one can play that stroke like him with true beauty. Good bye legend. Hope you ll join the commentary box soon

  • on December 3, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    One of the world's best ever batsmen, good luck to you Ricky, you're a champion. I admit never liking him as a captain, but what the hell do I know! As a batsman, he is hard to beat....

  • ahtriniting on December 3, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Goodbye to one of the last true greats of this game. I am glad that you were able to bring a genuine toughnest and competitiveness to the game that we can't find anymore. Although I am a West Indian supporter by birth and blood your team was the next best thing in my heart. I thank you for the memories and the fun. Good luck to you and your family in the future.

  • on December 3, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Although envied him.. somply coz i loved sachin didnt any competitor to get close to him... But nothing can take away.. that he was one heck of a player...PUNTER u were one of the very best of this ERA... and an unmatchable captain... Wishes for career ahead and time with family

  • sevugapandian on December 3, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    What a realy gentle men in the ground, really appreciate Ponting his valuable contribution to Cricket Australia and Tasmania team.Irrespective of any country he is role model for young player like me, wishing him all the best

  • NRC1979 on December 3, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Well done Ricky. Great career and, as an England fan, the one and only person in world cricket that I have loved watching (for the aesthetics of batting) and feared (for the ability to score quick runs) in equal measure for the last 20 years. In that time, only Lara gets close by comparison.

  • on December 3, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    "Hopefully my impact and input on Australian cricket has left something behind"

    For sure, Ponting's Impact on Cricket has been impeccable

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  • on December 3, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    "Hopefully my impact and input on Australian cricket has left something behind"

    For sure, Ponting's Impact on Cricket has been impeccable

  • NRC1979 on December 3, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Well done Ricky. Great career and, as an England fan, the one and only person in world cricket that I have loved watching (for the aesthetics of batting) and feared (for the ability to score quick runs) in equal measure for the last 20 years. In that time, only Lara gets close by comparison.

  • sevugapandian on December 3, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    What a realy gentle men in the ground, really appreciate Ponting his valuable contribution to Cricket Australia and Tasmania team.Irrespective of any country he is role model for young player like me, wishing him all the best

  • on December 3, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Although envied him.. somply coz i loved sachin didnt any competitor to get close to him... But nothing can take away.. that he was one heck of a player...PUNTER u were one of the very best of this ERA... and an unmatchable captain... Wishes for career ahead and time with family

  • ahtriniting on December 3, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Goodbye to one of the last true greats of this game. I am glad that you were able to bring a genuine toughnest and competitiveness to the game that we can't find anymore. Although I am a West Indian supporter by birth and blood your team was the next best thing in my heart. I thank you for the memories and the fun. Good luck to you and your family in the future.

  • on December 3, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    One of the world's best ever batsmen, good luck to you Ricky, you're a champion. I admit never liking him as a captain, but what the hell do I know! As a batsman, he is hard to beat....

  • chathuradil on December 3, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    17 yrs ago I watched the very 1st test he played vs SL when I was 11 yrs old and today I watched his last innings behind my laptop on the office table where i work. A great carrier...... enjoyed his full shot a lot. no one can play that stroke like him with true beauty. Good bye legend. Hope you ll join the commentary box soon

  • FitzroyMarsupial on December 3, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    No, thank you Ricky. I rarely warmed to you as a person, but always loved the fact that you couldn't care less about that. You played for your team and your country and did both magnificently. The game is poorer without you. From one cricket nut to another - go well, you've deserved it!

  • perl57 on December 3, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    A great end to a great career. Who cares for his slumps in the last few years. Now without Ricky, outside Australia, they are effective one man team who is also not so great. In India, we have been pushing Sachin hard, coz we just do not like his 22 years of entertainment. We do not care his 100x100s nor we care how he dominated bowlers around the planet to give a map to Indian cricket. We hate our heros. We fight till the last minute to get them down. We are shameless. Its great that God is not on earth, or else we would have asked him to retire too. Hope Australia does not do like we Indians.

  • on December 3, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Great player and captain. I think people should learn from you and others who have retired this year.