Australia news March 29, 2011

Ricky Ponting steps down as captain

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Ricky Ponting has stepped down as Australia's captain in Tests and ODIs following their quarter-final exit from the World Cup but will be available for selection as a batsman in both formats. Ponting made the announcement at the SCG on Tuesday, and backed Michael Clarke to take over the leadership of the team.

Ponting said the World Cup exit had prompted his decision and that "no one has tapped me on the shoulder asking me to go."

"I have resigned as captain of both the Test and one-day Australian teams. I will continue to play and am available for selection in both the one day and Test teams," Ponting said. "I have thought long and hard about what Australian cricket needs. Now is the right time for the next captain to assume the responsibility for both the Test and one-day teams. We have to be doing everything we can to win back the Ashes in 2013-14 and the World Cup in 2015. It is highly unlikely that I will be still playing so it is the right decision for Australian cricket that the next captain now be appointed. This will give him the opportunity to create his own direction and legacy.

"Today is a new start for me and I am very excited about the future. I will give my complete support to our new captain and continue to do my best to set the best possible example for my team-mates and emerging cricketers alike."

Any suggestions that Ponting might have been told it was time to quit as captain were categorically denied by the man himself, and his words rang true next to the obvious - and perhaps not always constructive - deference of the chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch, coach Tim Nielsen and CA chief executive James Sutherland.

"I'll absolutely go on record here as saying I've had no tap on the shoulder from anybody; this is a decision that's been made wholly and solely by me and people close to me, my family first and foremost," Ponting said.

"If the decision was too late I think I would've had the selectors and my bosses in Cricket Australia telling me a while ago they felt my time might've been up.

"I can go on record again and say I have never received that sort of message from the selectors or from Cricket Australia."

Ponting expressed his desire to travel to Bangladesh for three limited-overs matches next month. The team for the tour will not be named until Wednesday, but Ponting's announcement should allow Clarke to assume the captaincy on the tour, before difficult assignments against Sri Lanka and South Africa later in the year.

On his arrival home from an unsuccessful World Cup defence, Ponting had said he was prepared to give up the captaincy and also move down the batting order if it was in the interests of the Australian team. With the benefit of a day's reflection, he decided that now was the best time to go. At 36, Ponting believed he can still enjoy the type of renaissance that has sustained Sachin Tendulkar in recent times.

Ponting held the Australian Test and one-day captaincy since he took over from Steve Waugh. He led Australia in 77 Tests of which 48 were wins, the most for any captain. He also captained Australia in a record 228 ODIs and won 164, including two World Cups in 2003 and 2007. Ponting's fortunes as captain, however, waned along with those of the team as a series of retirements weakened its resources. His Test captaincy flamed out in the 3-1 home Ashes defeat in 2010-11 and his one-day reign ended with elimination from the World Cup.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vilander on March 31, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Best of Ricky, now that captaincy is not an issue you can focus on your batting like Sachin.

  • on March 31, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I am sure Ponting has taken this decision to preserve win-loss ratio under his captaincy, knowing where it will head from here.

  • on March 30, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    whe luvvvvvvv u ricky frm bangladesh u r da best captain ever played the game period aussie selector did a big mistake...........

  • on March 30, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    I think Clarke is just an sacrifice until they get their cricket back on track with some good talent.. good luck Clarkie.. u will need a whole lot of it.

  • sebyyy on March 30, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Ricky is a great player no doubt, but seriously doubt about his captain skills, he should be a good captain but not a great as stats show. as achintyas menstioned here, check his stats with and witout ( after Haydon, Gilchrist, Warne, McGrath retired).

    i feel he has done a careful study of the situation and understood he cannot continue till next world cup, so definitly old guys will ask for his blood very soon and will ask him to retire. so it is better to resign now and continue as a player.

    he should be also inspired by Sachin, the way sachin plays now, freely and he enjoys the game.

    all the best Ricky, you are one of the great batsman Australia has ever produced.

    Cheers

  • Meety on March 30, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    @ muski - spot on matey. Right or wrong their MUST be a big QUESTION mark over the players you have highlighted as stepping into the breach when the big guns retire. I also think that Sehwag may not finish his career strongly, - he looks in too much of a hurry! Take a look at the Sth Africa tour, came out with a 1all draw, but the stand out batting performances were SRT & Laxman. I think "Pujarra?" - the batsmen that made a couple of half centuries against Oz in the last test played - he looks very composed.

  • SRIMAHAL on March 30, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    True leadership exhibited by RICKY Example to others in the Cricket World once again. But not him, he should be recalled and he should be in the game He cannot be a dying player anymore But lets start with his immediate wish in next 3 tours Roshan Goonewardene

  • waspsting on March 30, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    A team is only as good as its captain. Ricky Ponting set all kinds of records as a captain - both in ODI and tests - because the his team was Bloody good. When the team was weakened by the loss of several key players, he carried on, and his record suffered. Will team miraculously improve because there's a new captain? will it skybomb because he is not? NO, NO. NO. There are many things about Ponting I don't like, but the cut against him to me is just cricketing pettiness. I hope he receives the credit he deserves as a player for all h is great contributations, and isn't knocked for life for what NO ONE ELSE could have done anything different from what he did do.

  • JSHIVA on March 30, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    You will be remembered for the way you snatched the 2007 World cup from Sharad Pawar. Good luck Ponting as a batsman, we will see you this year end at the Lion's Den

  • JSHIVA on March 29, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    End of a dominating era... But ponting need to understand that anyone on the australian team could have captained the team with Hayden, Gilly, Warne and McGrath and get the world cup. We expected more from you to get this team atleast to the semifinals. Sad end.

  • Vilander on March 31, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Best of Ricky, now that captaincy is not an issue you can focus on your batting like Sachin.

  • on March 31, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I am sure Ponting has taken this decision to preserve win-loss ratio under his captaincy, knowing where it will head from here.

  • on March 30, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    whe luvvvvvvv u ricky frm bangladesh u r da best captain ever played the game period aussie selector did a big mistake...........

  • on March 30, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    I think Clarke is just an sacrifice until they get their cricket back on track with some good talent.. good luck Clarkie.. u will need a whole lot of it.

  • sebyyy on March 30, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Ricky is a great player no doubt, but seriously doubt about his captain skills, he should be a good captain but not a great as stats show. as achintyas menstioned here, check his stats with and witout ( after Haydon, Gilchrist, Warne, McGrath retired).

    i feel he has done a careful study of the situation and understood he cannot continue till next world cup, so definitly old guys will ask for his blood very soon and will ask him to retire. so it is better to resign now and continue as a player.

    he should be also inspired by Sachin, the way sachin plays now, freely and he enjoys the game.

    all the best Ricky, you are one of the great batsman Australia has ever produced.

    Cheers

  • Meety on March 30, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    @ muski - spot on matey. Right or wrong their MUST be a big QUESTION mark over the players you have highlighted as stepping into the breach when the big guns retire. I also think that Sehwag may not finish his career strongly, - he looks in too much of a hurry! Take a look at the Sth Africa tour, came out with a 1all draw, but the stand out batting performances were SRT & Laxman. I think "Pujarra?" - the batsmen that made a couple of half centuries against Oz in the last test played - he looks very composed.

  • SRIMAHAL on March 30, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    True leadership exhibited by RICKY Example to others in the Cricket World once again. But not him, he should be recalled and he should be in the game He cannot be a dying player anymore But lets start with his immediate wish in next 3 tours Roshan Goonewardene

  • waspsting on March 30, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    A team is only as good as its captain. Ricky Ponting set all kinds of records as a captain - both in ODI and tests - because the his team was Bloody good. When the team was weakened by the loss of several key players, he carried on, and his record suffered. Will team miraculously improve because there's a new captain? will it skybomb because he is not? NO, NO. NO. There are many things about Ponting I don't like, but the cut against him to me is just cricketing pettiness. I hope he receives the credit he deserves as a player for all h is great contributations, and isn't knocked for life for what NO ONE ELSE could have done anything different from what he did do.

  • JSHIVA on March 30, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    You will be remembered for the way you snatched the 2007 World cup from Sharad Pawar. Good luck Ponting as a batsman, we will see you this year end at the Lion's Den

  • JSHIVA on March 29, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    End of a dominating era... But ponting need to understand that anyone on the australian team could have captained the team with Hayden, Gilly, Warne and McGrath and get the world cup. We expected more from you to get this team atleast to the semifinals. Sad end.

  • JoseBautista on March 29, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Even though i don't support Australia or Ponting, I will still miss Ponting being the captain and Australia dominating the sport of Cricket. The old times are over!

  • on March 29, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    The selectors should allow Punter to stay in the team. He has a lot to offer as a top quality batsmen and the cricket lovers would love to watch him play. Although the decision has come at the right time as it is time to bring in some fresh ideas for Australian cricket.

  • on March 29, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    End of Australian Domination........Ponting still has lots to offer to the Australian Cricket apart from Captaincy........Ponting's journey as a captain has been smooth because he got a already made team by Steve Waugh........he just capitalized on that............his form dipped as those players left.........but now none are left except Punter.............so it was best time for him to step aside.....in this WC 4 captains have stepped down (Strauss, Smith, Vettori & now Punter)......

  • on March 29, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    actually ricky is the best captain i had ever seen.without ponting i cant imagine aussie cricket...captain ponting good bye...n good luck

  • naveenpnayak on March 29, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    I completely agree that it was easy to captain the side when there were Greats like Haydo, Gilli, Mcgrath, Warne, Symonds, Martyn and others. Nevertheless Ponting was a a very good captain, and No1 can take that away from him. I dont see any present Aussie cricketer have the ability to lead the present Aussie side other than Ponting himself. Clarke is almost "Out of Form" all the Time and to expect something from him would be a Big Deal for Cricket Australia. Watson or David Huss can be one of the better contenders for captaining the side.

  • mathewsphy1 on March 29, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    what a foolishness with all greats what south africa did i n the last decade. you can make such comments . Hayden, Gilchrist developed under ponting. and also with out shane warne they won two world cups. BUchanan and ponting made a great team. after that chemistry between neilsen and ponting won champions trophy.

  • on March 29, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    very bad to hear this . pointing shoud have been captainship for more world cup. n have taken away da cup

  • Deuwl on March 29, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Ok here are my thoughts. Firstly, I am a Bangladeshi Australian who has grown up in oz and so am very much aware of the dominance Australia has gone through and also when it wasn't going so great back in the 80s. Anyway, I can really compare Ponting against the likes of captains I have seen in this period: 1985-2011.

    Ponting's captaincy was average to poor and I think his success was (as many have mentioned already) chiefly due to the superstars that played alongside him. However, unlike other captains, Ponting's form as a batsman did not seem to diminish, in fact, I thought it was better (someone pull the stats I can't be stuffed).

    Still I must admire the man to step down as captain. He has been one of the world's best batsman and IMO still is. I do think he will have an impact on the Test Stage as I think his performances of late were reflective of the immense pressure he was under by the media.

    Best of Luck Punter! We still love you.

  • Aussie_Mike on March 29, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Would be better if Mr. Cricket is made the captain and Haddin the deputy.

  • on March 29, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Ponting is the best captain ever even in TESTS or in ODI'S ..................the analysis describes itself how great the captain Ponting was!.......................He is the only player who is just short of one win to represent 100 TEST wins as a player...............the statistics just describes how great a player,a captain he is in the history of cricket...........Atlast a sad ending (not sad but a great)to his captaincy career is over.........but he has more to offer as a player...........hats off to u gentlemen ...a great player

  • on March 29, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    u r a wondierful captain ricky............

  • shaimun_143 on March 29, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    i m shocked by this decision ponting please change ur decision. i m used to see ur batting from 1996. without a leader like PUNTER australia will be more weak team. But he knows better about himself and hope that we will see the blast from his bat and also in the field.

  • IndianaJones79 on March 29, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    gr8 batsman, but not great sports man..because of which he would never get respect he deserves..about comparing with Lara and Tendulkar, come on guys...except his magistic pull..i never seen him hit great balls for four and sixes like these 2 guys..please don't insult Lara and tendulkar. These guys have been great for decades..pointing was great only from 2003-2007. Too many weakness to be considered in same bracket as lara and tendulkar..

  • on March 29, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Is Ponting gonna be sourav ganguly of Australia ?

  • on March 29, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    A great batsman but a cry baby captain. I hope aussies come up with a fair captain who hold the cricket at a higher level.

  • on March 29, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    What an end as a captain...leading from the front with a century...but sad they lost the match.....but what a captain he was....best in my opinion....hope clarke proves to be better

  • mishvik1 on March 29, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Most of the comments about Ricky's greatness seem to be loaded with emotions. A great captain is someone like Saurav who converted the raw talent. What Dhoni is reaping now was sown by Saurav. Did Ricky do something similar for the Aus Team?

  • Jabez.ivan on March 29, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    this is a good move from ponting...good luck with the rest of your career!! Hope clarke can be as successful as him or even better best of luck too clarke as well.

  • deepu864 on March 29, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    a great captain to begin with and a gr8 batsman , surely miss ricky ponting as a captain and hope he will be entertaining as a batsman in the near future and also guiding captain clarke .... u will be remembered for ur records .. ponting rocks..

  • on March 29, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Nice decision I must say. This is the the time to start building another new generation ferocious Aussie Team. The Question is do they have young talent specially in Batting? A lot would upon the answer.

  • rupeshpatel on March 29, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    During last 12 months (Since 29 Mar 2010) Australia played 14 matches under Ricky Ponting's Captaincy. (Won 7, Lost 6, NR 1) Out of those 14, They won 7 (1 against Canada, 1 against Ireland, 1 against Zimbabwe and 1 against Kenya lol, 2 against England and 1 against New Zealand) They lost 6 (1 each against India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and 3 against England) No Result 1 Match. What a poor show...

  • SIlverArrow22 on March 29, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Ricky is a truly a talented player and a very successful captain. But he lacks humbleness and discipline. Being a sportsman himself he should know to respect others. Anyways he made a wise decision in the right time i suppose.

  • on March 29, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    people who undermine Pontings' leadership, considering the kind of players they had neither have clearly no knowledge about the game nor they have ever played the game.

    Even though availability of resources is eye catching, you need a leader to utilize those, a good leader. He used them well Gilchrist and Hayden up the order, himself and Martyn, Symonds. later Clarke Hussey. bowlers such as Mcgrath, Lee or Bracken, Lee. after Warne he used Macgill, Hogg in warnes place. who was watson 5 years ago. He now opens for Aus and one of the best today. He may have lost a couple of matches in the recent past, but he's a great cricketer and a great Captain.

  • on March 29, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Good move else would have kicked out by selectors. But no one doubts his batting abilities with sensational fielding. Also his presence will be felt like Sachin's one in Aussie dressing room due to huge experience he brings in. Aussie need to also look for specialist opener like Hughes or Jacques or Rogers or whoever as Katich is very old and soon will need replacement. Else Hussey, Clarke, Ponting, Haddin and may be Khwaja will make strong middle order. Pace attack will have decent armor out of fit members from Lee, Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Bollinger and co. Spinner is going to be long term headache and will be missed for sure. For a while Krejja or Hauritz will do the job, but not sure about success. Thus in all will be decent unit under Clarke and who knows by the time India arrives for test series it will be interesting unit to give fight to India.

  • achintyas on March 29, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    As said previously, it was an easy job to captain a side with Haydon, Gilchrist, Warne, McGrath, Himself etc. Furthermore, with such line up even the not so great players were able to perform above than their talents. It would be interesting to see what has been Ponting's record as captain after all the greats retired! Has anybody got the stats?

  • Mr.CHAMP on March 29, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    I STRONGLY OPPOSE HIS DECISION.HE IS BEST AUSSIE CAPTAIN EVER>BUT TEAM WILL APPRECIATE HIM ONLY WHEN AUSTRALIA WILL FALL IN CLARKE'S CAPTAINCY.PONTING IS NOT LEAVING HIS CAPTAINCY BY HIS OWN WILL.HE IS MADE TO LEAVE HIS CAPTAINCY AND CRICKET AUSTRALIA WILL REGRET FOR IT.CANT SEE AUSTRALIA WITHOUT PONTING AS LEADER.PONTING U HAVE LEFT CAPTAINCY BUT KEEP LEAVE CRICKET.GOOOOOOOOOOOOO PONTING!!!!

  • Murali84 on March 29, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    Ricky is truly a world class batsmen, captain & human being. We will truly miss him as captain. He made is country proud by winning two world cups in a row. I wish him all the very best for his future. I wish u be there in 2015 WC as well.

  • muski on March 29, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    @Sunil- Wise people should learn from history. Indian cricket selectors cannot be so foolish to let Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar retire together. The big difference with India is that atleast you have players like Raina, Yuvraj , Badri , Kohli and Rohit who can fill up slots although except for Badri and Kohli who have not got the chances, the others have been blowing hot and cold. Over the next 3 years, maybe on a year to year basis, they will ease the seniors.

  • boooonnie on March 29, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Whats this all this talk about a sad ending to Ponting's career - he hasnt finished yet! The great second coming of Ricky Ponting has just begun!

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on March 29, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Its the right decision for me as Australia need to move on towards the next great side. To me that will be under the Captain after Clarke ...whoever that may be as a further transitional period needs to occur. Thanks for the memories Ricky , 48 Test wins as Captain and 99 as a player. Some countries havent won that many Test matches in total! In the short term i'd see a Test top 6 as Katich (or S Marsh or Hughes) Watson Khawaja Clarke Ponting & M Hussey moving towards S Marsh Hughes Khawaja Clarke Ponting (or M Hussey) Watson as soon as possible.

  • on March 29, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Poor Ponting ........................................................

  • isot123 on March 29, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    u r a great cricketer ponting! hope u keep entertaining us for a few more years!!

  • Sree27 on March 29, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    I don't think he is a great captain. Leading a team like Australia where Glenn McGrath, Sharne Warne, Matthew Hadyen, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds and himself exists doesn't need great leadership qualities. These players are perfect in executing the game plans and the present Australian team lacks the same. As batsmen he is marvelous and he is beside the living batting legends like Sachin Tendulkar & Brian lara. Really its hard to imagine an Australian Team without Ricky.....

  • on March 29, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    Its like an end of a dominating era.....

    Australian cricket will now find it difficult to build a team which will excel in cricket....

  • hansie_gill_ on March 29, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    RICKY I salute you .you are the greatest player in the world ever.what a player could do what you have done.You are far ahead than Lara ,Sachin ,Sachin. No bodyeven could touch your shadow in last 13 year.It does not matter who scored the most centuries,total runs.you are the player in game of cricket................

  • warnerbasher on March 29, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    A staggering record as captain. His behaviour over recents months has been disappointing but he has been under extreme pressure as both captain and batsman so I perhaps understandably he has at times been less than dignified. He probably would have averaged 60 in test cricket (as would have Lara) without the captaincy that in the end dragged both players down. Tendulkar was unable to handle the captaincy and has been just left to worry about his batting which has resulted in better stats. Lara and Punter are the outstanding batsmen I have seen in the last 20 years and sit a rung below Viv Richards as the best I have ever seen.

  • gnsivamail on March 29, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Ricky is really a good caption and a great player. Its time for him to aim more batting records like Tendulkar simultaneously serving his country. So he can be a full time mentor for Aussies.

  • gangadhar.betha on March 29, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    sad end to a great story......all the best in the future PONTING

  • Murali_123 on March 29, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Ponting we miss u as captain....all the best for ur future....Enjoy your batting now on....

  • ozziefan08 on March 29, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    good work Ricky it was time to step down. A great batsmen who scored runs in every country, but seemed to struggle a little bit when he was the only great batsmen left in the team. Hopefully this takes a weight off your shoulders and you can go back to punching out brilliant hundreds again.

  • on March 29, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    He was a fantastic captian. Good player.

  • on March 29, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Punter cannot be single handedly blamed for the World Cup Debacle. The Aussies have lost majority of their Stalwarts due to retirement (Gilchrist, Hayden, Demien Martin, Shane Warne and the Piggon are some of the fearsome combination) and the rebuilding structure would definitely take place. I wish Australia should come back strong like previous regime

  • on March 29, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Well done Ponting. I am looking forward to see you playing as a batsman.

  • on March 29, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    He was my HERO.Salute to your decision.

  • on March 29, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    I STRONGLY believe that he is not only an outstanding batsman & a brilliant fielder, he was one of the best aggressive captain of his generation, I salute RICKY PONTING the captain for his accomplishments. All the best for the life ahead.

  • gargi_vizag on March 29, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    it is a good decision,we might just see the best of Ponting in the days to come with the release of pressure from his shoulders and Australian cricket would benefit from that

  • on March 29, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Pointing is renamed!!! His new name Disap..pointing. Just check his record for last two years and any body can see his poor form... Best thing for him to get retired so his Avg remains in tact

  • Amruth09 on March 29, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Ricky, you are a most perfect cricket captain in the world.we will miss a legendry captain in the world.we will expect good innings from here onwards in every match.Hatsoff to the champion cricketer.

  • on March 29, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    Undoubtedly a great batsman, but this just shows how strong a character he has, as a captain. He started leading Australia when they were already on top. And carried on leading them when they had the best players in the world, but as soon as he got just about an average team, he could not prove himself. It surely is the worst decision of his career.

  • on March 29, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Ponting was a strong and respected leader, but tactically naive. His on-field decision-making was never good and generally far too defensive in mindset. This was not a great Australian captain in the mould of Alan Border, who achieved much improvement during a long tenure over a relatively poor side. For the majority of Ponting's captaincy Australia had such a strong team that they woudl likely have won most of their games whichever one of them was Captain. When the great players retired Ponting was not equipped with the tactical brilliance of Border or Taylor (or, indeed, Brearley of England) which is necessary to get the best out of "ordinary" players, and results fell away. He was, and surely remains, one of the finest batsmen to play the game, and should have a contribution to offer in that role until he is 40 years old. Where Austraila will find a truly brilliant captain I'm not sure; Clarke's not the man. Hussey might be, but he is too old to be there for long. Someone new ?

  • Sunil2381 on March 29, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    The end of an era for Ponting, just the beginning for a rebuild phase for Australia. Ponting played in a vulnerable zone since Mcgrath, Warne, Hayden and Gilly retired. CA should have managed their exits better. Imagine in a couple of years an Indian Lineup without Sachin, Sourav, Dravid and Laxman... wouldnt it be a treat for Dhoni to captain the side then. Captains are only as great as the players they have! Steve and Border nurtured the young guns, Ponting benefitted from their planning. Ricky- now that he has stepped down and has a free mind, should try and do the same. It would count more in future years than any of his centuries and match saving/winning innings ever.

  • amir-test-cricket on March 29, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    stand up for the champion ... ricky ponting .... one of the best ever , right there with sachin may be a bit ahead of him as a complete CRICKETER .. love and respect from pakistan ....

  • prince_prashant on March 29, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Despite having some lean patches in recent time Ricky Ponting has been outstanding in his throughout career not only as a player but also as a captain. After Sachin, he considered as most prolific batsman of recent era. Facing loss from team India and Ashes loss before world cup are the main reasons for leaving captaincy, but as his master class centuary against India suggests that he is having plenty of cricket In his kitty still...

  • cricketlovee on March 29, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    THE TRUTH IS CA gave Punter three days to decide giving him two options....Either two to retire gracefully or step down as a Captain and face embarrasement...he has a secret desire of reaching SRT records....but he will never be able to get passed SRT ..its a bitter truth...if should have retired a year ago...i am a big fan of punter so and rate him ahead of SRT but may be thats a bit partial from my heart...good luck punter but the inning you played was a selfish one

  • gurusinghe on March 29, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    hmmm ponting was a good captan..bt he got good desition..also sf captan stapt down as a captan...we will win world cup..we r lions!

  • kumarranganath on March 29, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Pointing is fantastic and really good crickets, all this is happening happened just because he played against India, that too on India home soil, that too on know out stage of the WC, otherwise he would have a good chance of continue as a captain.

    I never understand Australian selectors and they are so harsh in removing captain, when pointing played with character innings and performed for a long time, wining three world cup and this will not happen in any other country, at least I have not seen like this, same thing happened to matthew hayden and other good cricket. I think that is where Australian cricket is paying heavily and doing very bad in the cricket. I am seeing they are not learning any more. If they continue at the end no good cricketer will play and all will just play in IPL and enjoy life and no one will try to play for the country. This is true. please take care.

  • on March 29, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Definitely i am among the craziest fans of PUNTER in India, my friends and family members changed my pet name to RICKY Reddy after the 2003-04 boxing day test against India. This morning when first heard the news i had some tears for him, but after several minutes of rethinking now i am quite happy that we will again see a Ricky Ponting of 2003-2007 period. Our wishes will always be there for you Ricky. Fitness will never be a worry for you so you should continue playing the tests for atleast another 3-4 years.

    At-least now people should recognize and applaud his batting skills

  • RahulHariharan on March 29, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Really great decision by a great player.....As a batsman u still have great days ahead .....

  • on March 29, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    There is less glare when the sun sets..... matter of few more hours when the sun sets down completely....

    The glare is gone from ponting ......... just time to set down completly...

    Hope the new day rises with a bright sun......

  • uglyhunK on March 29, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    It's funny how many get confused while drawing conclusions. They keep talking Ricky is part of 3 world cup win and Sachin is still dreaming about one. Team makes captain and team's performance determines the result. One or two can make difference only to some extent

  • DaveId on March 29, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Coming from Tasmania, I appreciate that Ponting came from our little state, with only 500K people. He wore his heart on his sleeve, which meant he sometimes lost his temper, but he left any disagreements with players on the field. He was no angel. But what a batsman, one of the best in the modern era. He always tried to win. I enjoyed his press comments. He spoke with honesty, and had a good understanding of the game. Ricky is a down-to-earth guy, he was a superstar batsman, who doesn't live or act like one. I'm pleasantly surprised by all the positive comments coming from the sub-continent as I thought everybody hated him, but there you go. Let's hope we see some more good cricket from him before he retires, and forget the 'who's the best' discussion, it's just not important. We can appreciate Tendulkar, Ponting, and Lara, and all the other good players. All the best to all you cricket fans, and here's hoping for a good India v Pakistan game.

  • Haleos on March 29, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Great Player. Good luck Ricky. I would not say he was a great captain. Even a gorilla can lead a team consisting of Warne, Mcgarth, Hayden, Gilly et.al.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on March 29, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    good stuff ricky. you've finally read the writing on the wall. I hope you'll play a lot better when the pressure of captaincy isn't hanging on ur neck like the dead albatross!

  • Aussie99 on March 29, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    I reckon CA wanted him to quit as Clarke could take over and let NSW dominate the national side, Captain of team from NSW (clark), opener (katich/hughes), keeper (haddin), middle order batsmen (smith) and sometimes the spinner (hauritz) and paceman (bollinger), 6 players at the most or 4, depends on wether the selectors want to win or keep the board happy. when theres other great batsman and bowlers all around the country.

  • Niteen.U.Navalde on March 29, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    never liked punter.. mostly this is karma which is coming back. His 'win at any cost' attitude gave a different impression. good for australian team.however wish him luck.

  • Crictrick on March 29, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Aussies are fortunate to have pointing still wanting to play after he does appear to have been forced to quit captaincy.Just yesterday he has said that he still is the best choice as captain and has a lot more to offer as a captain.today he speaks differently.M Hussey is also being ignored and treated badly these days.if these were not to play, just imagine the strength of Aussie team..nothing except for Watson. Haddin is just ok and Clarke unpredictable. The rest are very inexperienced and least threatening.I hope selectors realize that the transformation has to be smooth and organized.Clarke just does not have the charisma or the authoritative personality pointing has. If pointing was not after tendulkars records in tests,pretty sure he would have retired at this point

  • nataraajds on March 29, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Australia don't have right replacement for ponting as caption. Clarke looks in-consistant with his form and leadership ability.

  • Tigg on March 29, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Good call Ricky. Who knows, freed of the captaincy and batting at 5 or 6 could see a Sachin like resurgance.

  • Leelaratne on March 29, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is one of the best cricketers Australia has given to the cricket world. I think in the WC he did not get enough backing from the team. He scored a century too. As for me he gave his best. Even if he retires from the captaincy we like to see him playing as a batsman. I along with all other Sri Lankan cricket fans join to wish him the best of luck.

  • vcric on March 29, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    He still has alot to contribute to Aus cricket

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    There is beyond doubt that the Austrilian cricket team is going to miss a great captain of all times. He is born leader, fighter and the legacy he left I don't see any one new future can attain that. I am pretty sure the world is going to witness some of the best cricket from him. Ponting wish you all the best.

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    very sryy 2 hear it. but ricky, u were d best

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Sad end to a legendary chapter in International Cricket history....

  • CricInfoDieHardFan on March 29, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Rick is the best as well as the most effective batsman. He had won matches not just hundreds and fifties to entertain the crowd !! that's why he is the best batsman in the world! SRT is a good batsman but not a match winner!

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    Really very sad end to a legendary chapter in International Cricket history..... He is very good talented batsman & captian too.... He made unbroken WC holder history...

  • CricInfoDieHardFan on March 29, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    He was the best captain what ever said and done. Can CricInfor put forward a comparison of his wins as a captain to the next best? just wanted to see where the numbers can talk and stand for him? please

  • Emancipator007 on March 29, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    Finally after Kim Hughes in 1984-85 will an ex-Aussie captain play without being dumped as a player. His overall captaincy record might look good stats-wise but Test series losses to SA at home, India twice (away), England home and away, a drawn series with Pak in England were too much for CA to overlook. The selectors have actually been kind to him. Aussie pundits always mention lack of resources or quality personnel in recent years as excuses for his poor captaincy record of late. Now cricket connoisseurs worldwide will realize the difficulty that Ganguly had during the early part of his reign with pathetic bowling resources and Stephen Fleming for almost his entire captaincy reign. It was also Gang's team which showed other teams how to fight head-to-head with the Aussies on their home soil during the drawn 2003-04 series when barring McGrath (Warne's presence never made a diff as Indians have alwaysthrashed him home and away) the full strength team played under Waugh.

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    For every player there will be a bad patch in their cricketing life before the end of their career. Hope ponting will come thru this. He is such a talent. I think he will play international cricket for another 18 months or so. GUD LUCK

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    If Ricky plays under Clarke or anyone else he would be breaking a tradition no other Australian Captain stepped down and played.

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    well this is end of Ponting,we need no excuses!Australia will never be the same again without the no 3 batsman.big up Mr Ponter!

  • AJ_Tiger86 on March 29, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    He was a very defensive captain. He used to run out of ideas very soon. I will always remember Ponting as the captain who lost three Ashes series, and failed to defend 434 against South Africa. @popcorn, Graeme Smith has 38 test wins as captain, and will continue to lead the South African test team for at least 5 more years. So I expect Smith to smash Ponting's record of 48 test wins within next 12-15 months.

  • kaushiq on March 29, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Ricky Ponting may be remembered as the only captain to date to lose three ashes series but to me he will also be the captain to win two world cup undefeated and also a captain to lose only two match in three world cup (keeping in mind that the three world cup he played had more matches than any other previous events). thought Clark seems the obvious choice but still there is a vast difference in between them. my bet is that Pointing will play lot better, now the captaincy pressure is not on him and he will soon be back as captain. Ponting, we are still here for you

  • wnwn on March 29, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Good Move. Let's hope he doesn't interfere in clarke's captaincy decisions bcause that would look really bad.

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Salute to the greatest captain of the cricketing history. No one has achieved what you have ever done. Cricket lovers, specially Punter lovers will miss you. The fielding standards you have set, the aggression to win games. We will miss that. Hope you play in 2015 and win the world cup.

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    Great batsmen, but at best an average captain of what was a generally excellent side. If you want an example of a genius captain look no further back than Steve Waugh.

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Its a good enough team but when you play a strong side like India, it can go either way. Will Dhoni retire as Indian captin if India lose to Pakistan on 30/03/2011; I don't think so. Ricky is one of the greatest captin of all time and there isn't any better captin than him in the current squad. Hope Ricky continue his career at least till the next world cup.

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Good.. Now he can play only for records!

  • on March 29, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    ricky ponting done a lot as a captain to australia......may be it's time for clarke to look after it.......ricky ponting always fought hard for his team victories

  • neutral_umpire on March 29, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    Better late than never.... He certainly does have more to contribute as a batsman though. I'm sure he has no problem playing under Clarke, but whether Clarke will be able to handle Ponting's aura around him remains to be seen

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    All Bad things came to an end....you proved your leadership & no one can match that....pressure out & performance in....Punter we miss you as great leader & but i see you as a great Player now...Wish you a very all the best to you....Punter Rocks...

  • Micgyver on March 29, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    Bloody champion Punter.At least you can bat on without the stresses of the top job which im sure will turn Clarke grey within a few years.8 years as captain,great effort!

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    All things considered, he was a pretty fantastic captain. Australia were lucky to have him.

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    An Indian: Irrespective of being an indian or any other country every cricket lover has to salute this one of the greatest competitor of the world cricket. We respect your aggression in and off the field and your lightening reflexes in covers & point region.

    As an Indian I feel sorry for india being responsible for sorry exit and fortunately its been India who almost spoiled the farewell of one more legendary sportsman of game none other than Steve Waugh close to loosing home series against India.

    One more big salute to Australian cricket who consistently been producing the greatest cricketing legends of which Indians love Gilly the most, i hope most of Indians agree with my choice.

    Indian Cricket Lover

  • nair_ottappalam on March 29, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    More of an expected news. This will relieve Ricky of the burden of captaincy and he can concentrate on his batting. He is a master of his class and is second only to Sachin in the number of runs/centuries scored in both forms of cricket. There is lot of cricket left in him as he could carry on for atleast a couple of years more. He is a figher, Punter as he is known, and can demolish any bowling on a given day. He had his own problems with Harbhajan and for a little while with Ishant Sharma. But he is a class batsman. Kudos Ricky keep the spirit of the game and produce more quality cricket.

  • backwardpoint on March 29, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    I think the timing is just right. Not being involved in shady selection meetings and standing up for guys can be difficult... particularly when your are in the end of your career and in scratchy form. He is sending out a real strong message to his team and administration that he wants to play unfettered cricket. And boy, does he play that well. Should be a fascinating time going forward. He is probably one guy apart from Kallis who can go for Sachins record in tests. Not that far away and a scorching year or two should really matter!

  • bjcm12 on March 29, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Ricky Ponting captained 77 tests for Australia winning 48, captained 228 one dayers for Australia winning 164. He was the world cup winning captain twice, Vice Captain in World Cup winning side in 1999 under Steve Waugh and played in the final in 1996 as a player in the world cup where Australia lost to Sri Lanka. He got two hundreds in his 100th test match.

    Tell any player to match this record then he will be better than Ponting as a captain.

    Jaminda Mendis

  • Suhel04 on March 29, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    He was one of best leaders the world has ever seen..Australia without him will be a dissapointment...He is still one of the best batsman in the world..He really should have continued his captaincy..Micheal Clarke is no match for him..Aussies without him means a slide in cricket..He was the one carrying the Aussie aura...Salute to a great leader an inspiration in himself, a great player...

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    All the best Ricky Ponting......u cn do better when there's no excess pressure on u nd tht's y even sachin tendulkar could play so well for India in the recent years......

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    The quality of the side let the man down. Lee and Ponting almost seem to be relics of a grittier, stronger Australian era now playing with teammates of altogether lesser talent, determination and mental stamina.

    Out of form captains is not a unique event in world cricket, but the previous Australian side would have backed him and performed around him and still won matches. Just in this tournament India, South Africa, Australia and West Indies were all carrying under performing captains, and the scrutiny was much greater on the last two because their team couldn't stand up and take responsibility.

    I hope Ricky has his 'Tendulkar- like' renaissance. He's one of the few players left in the Australian team worth watching.

  • manoj23yuvraj on March 29, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    ponting is known for his leadershop.now its difficult for any other plwyer to replace him.my choice would be brett lee for odi and mike hussey for tests

  • FAB_ALI on March 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    I think he should rather do something like Andrew Strauss and confess that HIS TEAM LACKED QUALITY. Its not his captaincy but the team's overall performance which has led to failures in both tests and one dayers. Not a fan of Ponting, but I still think what he has achieved as a captain can hardly be matched by anyone. Anyways, CHANGE IS THE RULE OF NATURE!

  • chaitukash79 on March 29, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Calling Ricky Ponting may be a bit of a hyperbole.. I am most certainly not his biggest fan.. but I must admit that this man is a fighter. Courageous, determined and above all terrific integrity and commitment levels. Will definitely miss Ricky not being the captain. I truly hope he has a Tendulkar-like resurgence in the next couple of years. Cricket needs men like Ponting..

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Ponting stepped down after the heroic innings in the QFs. It was probably the best time to step down. Before he retires it would be nice to see an ODI innings like the 2003 WC finals, and a 300 in Test cricket.

    I definitely disliked Ponting at the peak of his arrogance, but he certainly deserves a hero's exit... just like the other greats (Warne, McGrath, Hayden, Gilly, etc)

  • ksharath on March 29, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Ponting is an aggressive captain.He can't be judged wrong just by a single series. Moreover he's a brilliant fielder.It can't be said that he was the reason for the failure in the world cup, the team didn't perform well.I wish Ponting a best future ahead.

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    It would have been much better if he had resigned before the WC...

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    The Greatest captain the world had ever seen. taught the world abt aggressive cricket and how to finish the tests in 3 days. Great batsman most of which overshadowed by his excellency as captain. Like all the great people, the day has to end somewhere. exciting to see how you bat now, Ricky. Raise again!!!

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    yah definitely end of an era.......... i mean he was mean, but still a grt batsman......... i ve seen the quarter final every ball n his century was full of pain........... i mean he didnt struggle to get runs nor was sloppy in running btn the wicket, but he has nt his fluent best, not tht i would want him to b in a match against india, but still i felt sorry for him.......

  • kausani on March 29, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Finally! Great player. Not quite so much as captain.

  • Trapper439 on March 29, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Gotta say I'm pleasantly surprised by the respect he's being given by opposing fans here. Given the number of times he's been booed in the last few years, and the negative hyperbole that was attached to his every action, I was (perhaps somewhat cynically) expecting these comments to filled with schadenfreude. But everybody seems to be giving full credit where it's due to one of the greats of the game. Kudos to all of you.

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Always ricky pointing rocks.

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    kudos to one of best captains in world cricket..........................best of luck punter

  • zubair2704 on March 29, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    a very vice decision that has potential to actually bring a win-win situation for both Cricket Australia and Ponting, as a batsman. Hats off to you Ponting. You are the best thing that happened to Cricket Australia so far.

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    No doubt Ponting was a good Captain. But if Australia wants to win 2015 Worldcup then they have to do major changes. All the players who are above 35 cannot be seen in next world cup. They should be replaced in a phased manner.

  • stunnerbond27 on March 29, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    This was expected. All the best for the future. Ponting will always be remembered as 2 time WC winner as Captain.

  • punterG on March 29, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    3 WC wins...2 as a captain...2 champaions Trophy wins...what a great career...I salute this legend

  • on March 29, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Gud to see ,ricky stepped down,he kud be a great mentor for Team Australiya..if he does so they can make d team which kud again be champion....

  • PRAYO1616 on March 29, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    Ricky All THE BEST to your New Innings as BATSMAN , but I dont think u can break sachin records.

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Legendary batsman & a great captain.

  • AKG0479 on March 29, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    There is no reason Ponting cant be retained in the side, when he himself has no trouble playing under Michael Clarke. As a person, Ponting seems to be having a change. We can see him becoming humble, polite and transparent. This can be a phase where he is going to accumulate loads of runs with tons, twin tons and may be more ! we may see some interesting contests from both SRT & RP in the coming days ...treat for cricket !!

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    Hey guys, dont forget about the players too. Cricket Australia dont have those great players like Warne, McGrath, Gilchrist, Hayden, Langer, Martyn, Symonds etc in the field; dont expect miracles from a captain only(still he played well). India played well last day, so is the result, its not good to blame the captains'when the team fails......

    Ricky is performing better as a player (look at his career record) and as a captain than many other skippers....

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    Now wait and see how he cooperates with new captain.

  • Prida on March 29, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    It takes a tough guy to take tough decisions. Sachin did it, Mahela did it & now you have the chance to prove it. All the best. Pri

  • indy.rockz on March 29, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    You are one of the best batsmen cricket has ever produced .. and will always.be .. and your records both as a captain and as a batsman are impressive .. i do agree with sonu that the records that you have as a captain would not be broken in at least next 2-3 decades....you have a lot to offer as a batsmen .. so go .. rick go .. i know you will shine .. cheers

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Hats off to Ponting for his excellent career record. Australia would have to wait decades for a captain like Ricky.

  • vivekkedia on March 29, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    Sad end to a legendary chapter in International Cricket history..... A hero of his stature deserved a better signing off but perhaps he should have realised earlier that his time had come

  • Ashwinthatha on March 29, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    A very good batsman, an excellent fielder. Unfortunately had to lead a team with sudden retirements of stalwarts Warne, McGrath, Gukchrist, Hayden and Langer.

    Should have been a calming influence in the absence of such stalwarts. The typical Aussie aggression of not accepting the absence of great men and trying to show that Australia is still the greatest led to his downfall, as captain.

    Neverthless, one of the greatest batsman ever seen. Wish him all the very best

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Salute to the greatest captain of the cricketing history. No one has achieved what you have ever done. Cricket lovers, specially Punter lovers will miss you. The fielding standards you have set, the aggression to win games. We will miss that. Hope you play in 2015 and win the world cup.

  • rknbhaf on March 29, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    i think he was good captain. i steel think he is better batsman in world.

  • kotuku on March 29, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    finally after so long he pulled the plug this will hopefully make him and the aussie team much better but the big question is who will take over him

  • ATG1207 on March 29, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Well done mate....very well done. Undoubtedly you were australia's best captain ever who has done well almost everywhere. The way things ended for you is pretty sad, especially Ashes defeat at home itself. But, you would always remain australia's second greatest player after Don Bradman. Its really sad thought to digest that captaincy tenure is over now. I would really miss you, though i never liked you, but you are a great player. Well done and all the best for your future!!!

  • satanswish on March 29, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    He wasn't as great captain like Mark Taylor or Steve Waugh. All success aussies had under Ricky's captaincy was majorly due to performance of worldclass players like Hayden, Gilly, Langer, McGrath, Warnie etc.

    Scoring a century may have helped him retain his spot for some time. But his age is showing up & he must pack his kit very soon.

  • anilsachin11 on March 29, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    sad end to a great story......all the best in the future PONTING

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Unfortunate. He is one of the greatest captains of the game.

  • khps on March 29, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Bad news anyway carry on with your batting career until next world cup. All the best.

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    77 Tests and 48 wins, 228 ODIs and 164 wins.. these are just staggering stats.. They were so fortunate to have had the best of players all at once.. Now law of averages has caught up and its biting them hard.. if Ponting also goes.. the team would be a mess!! That will leave a huge hole!! Hope he stays on and plays well too.. (of course don't want him to challenge Sachin's records.. :))

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Ponting has been the most successful captain in all of cricket history - 3 World Cups under his belt. What makes him a such a great leader and captain is that he realises the potential of passing on his leadership; That's what makes him so GREAT. For us Ponting will always be Australia's captain. Now he's got a bit of pressure of his hands, to concentrate more on his skill. But hey, Clarke will always be asking the Punter for advice when he needs it, so it's all good for Australia.

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    nice job punter!! great decision made by an outstanding player and *captain* well done!!

  • BDKu on March 29, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Pointing's departure is not going to do any good to Aussies. Ponting's success is not because he was a the most brilliant Aussie captain. But he had a very good team. Take McGrath, Swarne, Gilchrist out and the tanks looked pretty empty without the 3 big fish.I certainly cannot see Clarke doing anything magical that Ponting could not do. Ponting had been hounded by the Press, even Ian Chappel had said he should resign from the post. So I think he caved into pressure. People who asked for Ponting's head better have answers if and when Clarke fails. Pontings captaincy stats will be hard to beat. Clarke may have been craving for this but be careful he may have bitten more than you can chew. Clarke certainly does not have the guts Ponting has. Thats why in the pressure match with India Ponting scored a 100 and you scored 8. Ponting Captained Aussie to two WC wins I would be surprised if Clarke can do one.

  • akk_bd on March 29, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    He is an imaging cricketer and his achievement as captain is marvelous. Wish he will play much good cricket now like Sachin and pursue his career long.

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Sachin's record under threat? A relaxed Ricky is most dangerous.

  • papadum_man01 on March 29, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Finally....better late than never at least now the aussie cricket team can move forward....... but to say that he will become like Sachin...... i think rickys still dreaming

  • Bone101 on March 29, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    A sad day in Australian cricket. Ricky was a magnificent leader. Most ever ODI and Test wins as captain - pure fact, noting more can be said.

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    i fill sorry for ponting his is one of the best batsman in the cricket world and also best captain australia ever had . N why is only him to b blamed for australia not to make it to the world cup final there are so many players they did not do there job it is quite unfair to ponting....

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    gud bye to the most successful captain international cricket has ever seen :(

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    I think Australians will miss the all time great captain of their whole cricket Mr.Ricky Ponting.

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    good decision...now the time to regain ur form and try to take over the Sachin's record..ur the only batsman who can over take...come on punter..

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    ponting its time for fishing

  • Twisties34 on March 29, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Sad day for Ricky, but he did an mainly awesome job as captain.

  • vineetkarthi on March 29, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Better late than never! Ricky Ponting was never as good a captain as he is a batsman. Hussey would have been a better choice. The bigger challenge for CA is the replacement for Ponting. Shane Watson, anyone?

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Don't worry ponting this happens with every person in game, but the history is going to always remember you about ur all achivements as a caption wether it may be the winning 5 as a caption , non stop wins in test, in a row 35 + wins worldcup & end no. of things i doubt any caption will ever come close to ur achivements don't be broke hearted its just the matter of time & all the best for ur future!!!!!!!

  • Nirmalnath on March 29, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Good Riddance. Took too long in coming though. Hope Australia's performance and behaviour would improve under the new captain.

  • sravan9999 on March 29, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    good for team. i think lots of cricket left in him great player.

  • ryokesh on March 29, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    A very good player... But in my opinion not a good enough captain (no offence)... It was those stalwarts who won the game for him than his captaincy... I believe he could have flourished as a g8 batsman without the pressure of captaincy... Right decision Mr.Ponting but very delayed... Good luck...

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    Just the right move from Ponting. Now like Sachin he can concentrate on his batting and make heavy runs. Good Luck Ricky!!

  • hashtan on March 29, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Steve waugh has advised him long long back that if wants to continue as a batsman he should step down as captain. Lets see how much he can carry on. If he is playing for himself to enjoy cricket he may come good but if he is just wanted break sachin's record and if thats the reason he is playing then the coming years are going to be more difficult for him then this.

  • raipuneet03 on March 29, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Ponting has been one the best batsman that Australia has produced. He has more one day runs than any other australian. He played the gem of an inning against India last week. He can just concentrate on his natting now like Sachin. All the best to him.

  • Girishiyer on March 29, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Salute to a great leader and a champion cricketer. Ponting is one of the few who coupled great batting and leadership.He holds an envious record as a captain and has set a benchmark for aspiring cricketers. We wish he reincarnates as a player who has mastery over batting, gets back his old touch. For me he is the greatest captain ever as he always led from the front.

  • MohammadArif on March 29, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    the best captain in the australian cricket history, and will be remembered as one of the best cricketers in the world.......have nice time ricky.......thanks for entertaining.......

  • bira on March 29, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    long live my hero.great decision 11 more test tons in next two years and show world you are one and only one to watch out.

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Nice job punter. All the best for the future.

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Finally the era that started under the leadership of Allan Border ends. Time for introspection and taking the bitter pills from oppostion till the consolidation happens.

  • on March 29, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Mr.Ponting, please try to change ur bad attitude, atleast now!!!

  • imranullahniazi on March 29, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    No problem for the captaincy. We hope you continue as a player. You are great.

  • gorod675 on March 29, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    It takes a real man to do this. Hope you get selected as a batsmen.

  • MonkeyBooBoo on March 29, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    I can't wait for the next captain to retire.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    At last, It happened. Everyone knows what happened. Ricky was eager to continue with his captaincy in ODI as well as in Tests. He even expressed his intention to media couple of days ago adding that it depends on CA's decision. Its not required to have super IQ to understand what happened behind the screen. CA simply kicked him out of captaincy. Poor punter has no way but to put a mask and say" no one has tapped me on my shoulder asking me to go ". LOL. Any way he was a good captain for Australia and has earned almost every thing possible as a Captain. Now he wants to catch up tail of Sachin in runs. haha. thats not gonna happen ever. Punter can only dream about a rebirth like Sachin. He is in different class, dear.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    right decision at the wrong time. he should have made this decision after the champions league

  • Mahi_mahi on March 29, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Its really sad day for the Australian cricket.The man(Ricky Ponting) who made the Australian cricket to rule the world for a decade is been finally asked to step down from the captaincy.I think Cricket Australia should not accept his resignation.His record as a player and captain is been amazing.I think no one in the current generation can able to brake his captaincy record.He is one among the very few rare cricketers in the list of Bradman,Sachin,Ponting,Lara,Dravid.I think he need to play 2015 world cup as a captain and want to lift d cup again.Lets hope for d best.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    So saddddddddddddddd ending for punter................:(

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    one of the great Captain's End.

  • vinayespn on March 29, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    We are truly blessed to see Ricky's batting and captaincy over the years. His records as captain speak volumes about his leadership. Its only a pity that he cannot handover the winning Aussie team to Clarke just the way he had received it from Steve Waugh.

  • Venkiviru on March 29, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    oh.. so sad.. salute to a gr8 Captain..

  • sheenu on March 29, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Even though I am a die-hard fan of the Indian team, I feel that it is indeed a sad day to see punter stepping down as the skipper of the Australian team. I only hope he gets back to his great batting form and serve his team as a batsman. Good luck, punter!!

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    Best captain ever... Hopefully he wil comeback strong like Sachin to shut critics like ian chappell....

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Whaaaaa.... This is a big change in what Ponting has been saying. All of a sudden it is "highly unlikely" that he will still be playing? I'm the biggest Ponting fan out there, but I think hes jumped before being pushed. Say goodbye to Australia's greatest captain of the modern era. For all the doubters who say he was only good when he had good players at his disposal, just remember the same can be said for Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor. He was a leader who stood up when needed e.g. 3rd Ashes Test 2005, World Cup final 2003 and the other night against India. He has been out of form of late but over his whole career has been Australia's most consistent, solid and prolific batsman.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Gooooddddddbbbbyyyyeeeeee!!!! Finally!!!!!

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    The time had just matured enough for Punter to step down before the WC. This would have given him to concentrate more on his batting. I personally think that Shane Watson is the most appropriate condidate for Aussies. But anyway, Ricky has been a treat to watch and he should now open for his team with Shane.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    The Punter era has come to an end. It's highly unlikely that Pups would match the accomplishments. Both in terms of two world cup wins and three Ashes losses.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    lost with inda and ricky ponting is out as captan....i think thats the reason australians are the strong team in the world

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    Ricky you're a star.. no matter what

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    about time. now he can concentrate on his batting and hopefully get some big scores

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Good for Him and australia

  • tavitayya.mudda on March 29, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    All the best Richy...... Now I can say "end of an Aura"

    Keep focusing on your game and take it to next level.....

    as Buchanan said, You are the person always thinks about team building and giving less priority to u r personal goals(records).

    Plz don't say that u learn something from some one. I guess someone should learn a lot from you.

    You were there long as a captain to survive for u r country, some one left captaincy to make records for himself, that's the difference

    Hats of to you.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Good One,Mate...You Are always a Great Player !!!!

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on March 29, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    I hope we are not seeing the last of Punter.. We are lucky to witness the era of Sachins, Punters, Gilchrists, Laras & Inzimams

  • vedichitesh on March 29, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Good batsman..... but always a punter...... game is good... but nor a cricketer nor a gentleman..... will never respect him as a person....

    Having said all that i still believe he contributed to the game and to Australian cricket, he should get a fair and decent exit.

  • worstcasegemini on March 29, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    Why Clarke for captaincy? Why not a Watson? Clarke hasnt done anything in the recent to guarantee a place in the team.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    good decision in the end..............hope ponting will gain the form like sachin did...........after all he is most successful cricketer and classic batsman ........

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Now that he has decided to quit as the captain, I think he can except an axe from the ACB anytime soon. But I still he is too good a player and he would be hard to be replaced.

  • ArunChennai on March 29, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    Australia will never be the same team without Ricky as captain.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    for one, I personally feel this is a good decision for Ricky personally, not so good for the australian cricket team.

    Michael Clarke's dismissal in the quarter final against India was an abysmal shot choice and played a part in the loss.

    You've been a fantastic player and Captain for Australia Ricky, time now to focus on any remaining personal goals as a cricketer and enjoy yourself.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Cricket Australia should have taken brave decision by removing Ponting before the world cup and appointing Clark or Hussey as captain. All the signs were quite apparent as Australia lost to every strong team they faced in world cup.

  • GopalMuraliG on March 29, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Australia would do well to retain him as a batsman. He still has enough cricket in him and he can be a great mentor to the new boys in the team. More importantly, relinquishing the captaincy will enable him to focus on his batting. It's the right thing to do. Way to go Punter!

  • -abhi- on March 29, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    They should retain Pointing as a batsman. He has a lot to offer with his skills and wisdom as an experienced cricketer. Respect.

  • courierpost on March 29, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    still got the talent so you hang in there boy'

  • himanshu.team on March 29, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Of late, he had not been the best captain or the best batsman in the Australian side. However, he is a great player and leader in general. Despite few terrible months, his overall captaincy record, is great. That is highly commendable. He has led the team in a transition phase, a phase where the greats of the game had retired one after the another, and where youg talent could not keep up the highest standards set before them. Yet ponting had been so successful. Full credit is due to him for that. Now, he must only focus on his batting and play a few memorable innings before he leaves professional cricket for good. I Wish him all the best.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    love it :) bbye Ponting.. Not soon, before he resigns off as a player too!! :)

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    He was awesome as the Oz skipper and bought a lot of credit to their game like Alan Border. A good decision to step down when the team is still ranked #1 in ODI's.. This will surely give Ricky Ponting more time to concentrate on his batting like Sachin of India.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    Ricky ponting has been a great captain over the years and he has achieved alot...without any doubt he has been the greatest of all captains and no body can match him in any respect....

  • puphusss on March 29, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Well done Punter. You have made your country proud. Every player has to go through this patch. Best of luck for your future; and keep scoring runs for Australia. Cheers!!

  • Shahid_Latif on March 29, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Australia does not need a new captain. They need new talent in bowling; fast and spin.

  • BazzyKhan on March 29, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    I think he did a decent job as captain.

  • Paul-in-Finland on March 29, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Well done Ricky, you can leave you post with your head held high. You always put Australia´s best interest first -( sometimes I have to admit i did not see it ..) I hope the next 18mths + show how good batsman you really are.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    At last he comes to his senses...!

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    What a sad end to an amazing captain. I hope Clarke can take the legacy. The only point of intrest will be on Aussie selectors, if they are ready to pick Ricky, aged 36 to the forthcoming tours.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    feels sorry for a great skipper. a true leader. good luck ricky

  • Vibrant_Patel on March 29, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    PONTING is Always remains in my memory as a great fighter... who never gives up till he lose...!! Not many Indian love Ponting as he is the only competitor of Sachin... but, nobody other than punter has the ability to even go near to master blaster...!! Good Luck.... Champ !!! Love from India..!!!

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Gr8 Decision but I was expecting he announcing end of his career.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    About time !!! Bret Lee should take over the 'Captain' role. I do not think MC can run the Aussie team.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 29, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    ponting has done the righ,thing.His success was largely dependent on mcgrath/warne/hayden.

  • ArunChennai on March 29, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    It is sad that Punter has decided to step down. There is still nobody to replace him as captain. Clarke comes nowhere close to Punter with respect to captaincy or for that matter anything. Hope he continues to play and enthral us for many many years to come.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    End of an era in Australian Cricket .... No one ever cared that the resources he had were never up to the mark of Warne, Mcgrath or evn Gillespie... Great fighter ... great batsmen ... Best of luck for his future

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    Great Captain who lead from front... having two World Cups under his belt... one of the all-time-great Captains...

  • popcorn on March 29, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    This is a sad day for me. Ricky Ponting symbolized everything that is about Australian cricket - the will to win, the never-say-die spirit,the match is not lost till the last ball is bowled. To me he is a far better cricketer than Sachin Tendulkar, because he shouldered the additional responsibility of Captain while scoring century after century, becoming the second most prolific run getter in both Tests and ODIs. Whereas Sachin Tendulkar failed as captain and resigned soon, Ricky Ponting kept the Team in focus, and went on to becoming the Test Captain with the MOST number of wins - 48, a feat that will NEVER be emulated EVER in Test history.I will ALWAYS remember his four great knocks- 1) his century at Old Trafford to draw the Test in the 2005 Ashes; 2) His 101 in the first innings, and 99 in the second at the MCG Test against South Africa in 2008; 3) his 140 not out at the World Cup 2003; and 4) his century in the World Cup 2011 against India.Thanks,mate.

  • on March 29, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Very shock decision....Aussies won't be able to fulfill his place for a long decade!!! Punter you are the best!!!!

  • BabaKR on March 29, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    Ponting was a great cricketer and an admirable personality on the field. He wil lalways be remebered as one of the greatest cricketers who was extremely dynamic on the field.

  • Webba84 on March 29, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Good for Ponting! Hope it works out for him and the team.

  • rahulzone on March 29, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    One of the greatest stints as a captain over... not sure if Clarke can fill the boots though! Cricket needs strong, if not totally dominant, Australian team to keep other teams honest and from past experiences we know that they will come out strong.

  • JD04 on March 29, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    Good Bye Captain Ponting! You had a great time a suppose, with the team that you've had at your disposal. Now it's the rebuilding phase and we hope Australia starts the process of being competitive in Test cricket once again.

  • AhammedBaba on March 29, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    ............Ponting,the man of big occasions, is not only the gr8est capTain of Australian history but also of all time...........He dominated the cricket world with his outstanding excellence & aggressiveness in captaincy, which was thoroughly enough to demoralize the opponents & made them 50% loser before the match get started.............as a captain he earned respect alwayz performing at the top class level.......we'll miss u PONTING as a captain for sure & gud luck 4 ur new voyage.......

  • Major_Hammad on March 29, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Really Ricky Ponting is the Best Caption of Cricket history, but sad end to his capitancy carrer due to pressure!!!!!!! Ricky Ponting is Best Caption of cricket history so Austrailia cricket should to appoint him as caption again!!!!!!!!!!

  • taniap on March 29, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    It was the right decision. I think he will again find his form as a batsman in the Aussie team and play on for at least another 2 or 3 years. Good luck to him.

    On the new captaincy, I don't think Clarke is the right person. Perhaps they should groom Watson.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    I hate this decision. Still now I believe Ricky Ponting is Best captain for Australia and He is much better than Michael Clarke. Whatever, Best wishes for Ricky Ponting

  • TopC on March 29, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Right decision, if a little late. Australia still need Ricky in the team to stiffen the MIDDLE order. Also need new young blood at no. 3, preferably someone under 25.

  • Supa_SAFFA on March 29, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    If I've ever admired an Australian captain, it was only done grudgingly after seeing my own team put firmly in its place. Ponting, however, deserves special recognition for this mature and honourable exit.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    He will always be remembered As a champ who won his country two world cup in a row , and was a backbone of Australian Era . He will be surely missed as a captain . and i think after regaining his form he will be named captain again .

  • BabuJanardhanan on March 29, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    It is good to see Ponting resigns Captain in both the format of the game(ODI and Test).

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Ponting - a good servant on the cricket field for Australia. Let us not focus on his recent losses to the exclusion of some historic achievements both by himself and the team. Well done Sir!

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Lol! Do you thhink he has got a place in playing 11?

  • donda on March 29, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Finally the great Legend is gave away captaincy. I like the decision, its good for australian cricket and good for ponting too, like sachin he can keep on playing like a regular batsman and as he is legend he can get back his form and play for two three years. Good decision.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    it should not happen with such a great player....

  • jonesy2 on March 29, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    all that needs to be said is congratulations to one of the greatest. captain and player. the future is exciting

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    a great cricketer of all times... i think it is the right time to say good bye to captaincy and within an year or so he should quit playing all sorts of cricket... cricket Australia should see off him with great honor and respect...

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    No, Ponting never fortunes as captain on his team member in 2003 & 2007 world cup made him. On that time australia had Adam gilchrist, Mcgrath, symonds, Hayden, shane warne so ponting made good records as captain in those days.......

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    And there goes Punter,,, good that he'll still play

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Great Captain : Sad end...i think he doesn't deserve this kind of exit when there is nobody to takeover of his or waugh's class. In case of waugh , pointing and warne were waiting in the wings

  • kunalapavan on March 29, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Ponting is one of the greatest captains in the cricketing history. He led the Australian team to reach its peak and dominated the world of cricket. Hats off to you..

  • cric.junoon on March 29, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    simply one of my fav. cricketer ....

  • coldcoffee123 on March 29, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Good move by Ricky. With all the distractions off his back, he will start scoring those centuries again, an catch up with Sachin before you know it.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    ‎"Ponting held the Australian Test and one-day captaincy since he took over from Steve Waugh. He led Australia in 77 Tests of which 48 were wins, the most for any captain. He also captained Australia in a record 228 ODIs and won 164, including two World Cups in 2003 and 2007. " Ponting's record as captain. Well played, skipper! Time to move on...

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    I think it is right decision that he has taken so that the next captain gets ample time to prepare for the next World Cup, However Michael Clarke should not be the Option for Australia................

  • NirmalG on March 29, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Hope, M.Clarke lives up to the belief of Ponting, that he can lead forward the Australian team...

  • driconiohawkings on March 29, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    great cricketer. Poting, u will truely be remembered as one of the legends of cricket. RESPECT!!!

  • lnaravindan on March 29, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    may be it was the right decision but would have loved to see him continue as captain for some more time.... anyways good luck ponting...

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Thank You Ricky.... but I still think someone did tap you on the shoulder.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    sad to hear one of my all time fav caps go..but he's right Aussie needs to propel their game bk to the standard to which it was abt some 2 yrs bk...cos other teams r getting stronger also..and to be no1 they need to improve...gud luck to Clarke if he ascertains the captaincy...

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    A very wise decesion. May he bring enjoyment to all cricket lovers with his batting for the next couple of years. though, it would have been nice if he had led Australia to 50 test wins

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    One of the finest captains, Australia and in fact world cricket as ever had. Bravo, Ponting, awaiting your second coming as a batting legend. In fact you are the only one who can come closer to Sachin.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    A great man and a general. Possibly the best world has seen with Jaques Kallis close second. Wish you all the best Ricky. We love to hate you in India but with a lot of respect.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    Ponting did the right thing stepping down as captain. He has been in the news nowadays regarding his batting woes,but he proved himself by hitting a century against the Indians but that century came in an unusual way,his strike rate was somewhere between 60,seems quite unusual.He should now concentrate on his batting. ALL THE BEST PUNTER

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Finally dream comes true... What an outstanding captain!!!!

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    Great Batsman. Best of luck Ricky!!!

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Just for a moment.. I did feel sad reading this.

  • Chethana on March 29, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    A true champion. All the best to do well as abatsmen.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    This is the right decision made by Ricky. He is a champion and does not need to be told when to go. Yes the Australian cricket team had started to slide long before the cricketers started resigning. The way some of the cricketers like Hayden, McGill, Martyn, Hodge etc were treated, made it tough on Ricky to maintain a good team. He tried his best to be dominant, but somehow had his plan him out. He has another year of cricket in him, before he too is discarded like those mentioned above. He deserves a grand exit and what better than regaining the URN...

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Finally Ponting quiets as a captain........

  • sanzcool on March 29, 2011, 3:17 GMT

    Next is Shahid Afridi on the line..

  • ZsZs on March 29, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    a true leader seeking the benefit of the team first. Very respectful indeed. kudos to him and best wishes for his future.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:15 GMT

    its a gud decision 4m pointing

  • indoz on March 29, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    This is the first time I am writing a comment on cricinfo. Watching Ricky Ponting step down from captainship is such a pain. I cant express my feeling for a greatest sportsman of the era. No one in the world can feel his shoes. No one can achieve what he had done for australia. He still have the capability to play and dominate the world bowlers. Wait n Watch. GOOD LUCK RICKY PONTING

  • Cam_PT on March 29, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    It's been a long time since an ex-captain has played on. That will be interesting alone.

  • ThirdSlip on March 29, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    End of an era. Not be my favorite human being but arguably the best captain in Cricket's history. Salute to a champion. Hope we continue to see some scintillating knocks from him.

  • jk.jeetukakwani on March 29, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    hats off to one of the greatest ever cricketer world have produced..a real delight to watch on field.almost a perfect example of giving 110% in any match when you represent your country.he was a real "man on the mission" type captain who plays to get win from any situation.we will really miss him as captain but fortunately he will continue to play as a player and what a class act he is, as a batsman since his debue.i rate him better match winner than any other batsman of his era like sachin,lara and injamam..he is the only batsman in the world who never allows bowler to dectate the terms.if ball is there to hit he will hit whether its his first ball or not..only batsman who comes down the wicket and drives the ball all along the carpet thru covers or midwicket in test matches too..i am an indian even than we really love your style of cricket a lot...keep up the gud work punter..gud luck..

  • Scgboy on March 29, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    He will be missed, he might not have been loved by all but by goodness faults and all,you can never doubt his desire for Australia to win.

  • CameoKing on March 29, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Its always fun to watch Ponting bat. I do hope he does not retire as batsman any time soon.

  • pj3000 on March 29, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    I admire Michael Clarke as a Test bastman, but he's no captain. I wouldn't play Pup in the ODI side: Shane Watson should be the ODI captain. I'll get no support for this I know, but I'd reinstate Marcus North in the Test team as captain. Sure, he was out of nick when dropped...but can anyone seriously say Steve Smith's technique makes him any more a Test No 6 than North? North carries himself like a captain, has done the job for WA for donkeys years and has a sound cricket brain. We'd get a good four years out of North as Test skipper.

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  • rayinto on March 29, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Imagine that! The most successful Aussie captain has humbly stepped down. Yet Darren Sammy in the West Indies will continue! Ricky, as much as your on field antics has irritated millions the world over, we salute your humility. You da man! Now go get some runs - the world loves to see you bat - and Sachin needs some competition

  • Dillon_is on March 29, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    Hope Ponting continues as a player. He is right, just like Sachin, he could also see a resurrection as a batsman and maybe start enjoying his batting again. And all cricket lovers would love to see Ponting on song again...the century against India could be a sign of the turnaround...but will he be able to control his temper?

  • Parvez13 on March 29, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    This is indeed a sad moment but I think it is the right move by him. I believe Ponting will now bat carefree and be able to shine once more before his eventual exit from all forms of International Cricket. I wish him all the best!

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 29, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    Test captain = Michael Clarke. ODI and T20 captain = Cameron White. Ricky Ponting should step down in tests, to be replaced by Cameron White. In ODIs, he should be replaced by Dan Christian.

  • sifter132 on March 29, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    I agree with Ricky - this is the best move for Aussie cricket. There is nothing to be gained in the mid-long term from Ricky hanging onto the captaincy, why not have him there to support Clarke? Well done Mr Ponting - a selfless move. And I hope he does have a good run with the bat, he's been copping more flak than a player of his class deserves.

  • AswinKumarDora on March 29, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    This is an end of era...!

  • santri1969 on March 29, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Good luck - I look forward to your retirement from cricket and would like to see you as a commentator.

  • on March 29, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    Nooooooooooooooooooo . If you cant take this team beyond Quarters, clarke wouln't even crossed group stages.....ricky reconsider ur decision

  • sircha on March 29, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    All good things must come to an end..

  • Somesh_Rathi on March 29, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    This concludes the end of Significant era in the Cricket !!

    'Punter' being in news sometimes for bad reasons, but one can't deny the supremacy of this player , who carried on the dominance of Australia in cricketing world for last 7-8 years ! He is great leader and true competitor..

    Big challenge for his successor to attain the highs which ponting has established for Australian cricket !!

    Graeme Smith , Ricky poting , Andrew Strauss (may be) ,who is next ??

  • dilanz51 on March 29, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Arguably the best captain we have ever seen we will miss you Ricky.All the best for your future.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Why Clarke??? Why not Michael Hussey?????? Don't think Clarke can handle the Australian Captaincy...

  • grug76 on March 29, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    well done punter... good move to step down before you were pushed and definitely the best thing for aus cricket at the moment really hope you can regain your form and bat on for a while without the pressures of being captain...

  • Something_Witty on March 29, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Very very very sensible move from Punter. Hopefully now he can keep clocking up the tons and concentrate fully on batting. Best of luck.

  • kumar309 on March 29, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    I think Ponting has made the right decision to give up captaincy. He had overburdened himself with a lot of responsibility that affected his batting over the last couple of years. This is the perfect time for him to just concentrate on his batting ability and stick around in the team. He should be happy with the last century he got during India's match that should give him a lot of confidence ahead.

  • scripted on March 29, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    A curtain has been brought down on an era. Cricketing eras are defined by their captains, and the Invincibles have now quietly passed into history.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    Kudos for ponting for the choice he's made -- defineatly the right one!

  • CricSamraat on March 29, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    Wise move for Ponting. It will help play more years as a productive batsman.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    soon after defeat against india is better than today...........

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    great decision...now he should take decision to retire from test and one day cricket...no doubt he is a great player but no comparision with little master...go ahead ponting and follow the path of gilli...

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Ricky should step down as captain and concentrate on his batting rather than retiring.Its good for him as well as for the team and australia needs him the most. He is fitter than Tendulkar and he should continue playing cricket for atleast next three years. GOOD LUCK

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    End o f an ERA... Way to go Pointing... He had a very good team...but not anymore.. Most of them want to play only IPL...not his Fault... Good Luck !!

  • ShaheedKhan on March 29, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    Ricky Ponting perhaps one of the greatest cricketers Autralia has ever produced. The Baggy Green Captain was the architect and general of fighting Aussie who took the Australian team to its zenith. Ponting will be always remembered for his aggressive and creative captaincy. Hats off to Punter.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    Ricky "Punter" Ponting - You are a great player! I wish you start batting the way you used to and love to see some great innings from you in the near future!! You are a genuine match winner and big match player!! Your athletic fielding is a sight to behold!!!

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    I AM SHOCKED. I FELT THAT HE HAS A LOT TO GIVE AS A CAPTAIN.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    Absolute sportsmanship!!! Kudos to you Ricky!

  • Zoomzoom on March 29, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    This decision was expected. Good luck to Ponting as a batsman. He still is one of the best batsman around.

  • pj3000 on March 29, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Y'know, I'll take this. As the best Aus batsman of the modern era, Ponting has earned the right to see out the twighlight on his career as he sees fit. I'd have had no dramas if he'd wanted to continue in the captaincy, but taking that pressure off himself does seem a good idea at this time. I hope we see Punter batting at Nos 5 or 6 for Australia in Tests for a good couple of seasons to come. I'd like to see him stay in the ODI team as well: maybe even 'do a Sachin' and move to the top of the order. As you'd expect at this stage of his career, it does Punter longer to get his innings underway. I like the idea of him looking to bat for 50 overs. Haddin could open up with him and take a few risks. I'm sure we wouldn't lose anything from Watson batting at 3: Watto might in fact benefit from not having the pressure on him to open in Tests and ODIs, in addition to providing more than a few overs of swing bowling.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    Probably the right decision. But Australia needs a clear head as a captain and the batsman in Ponting desperately...

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Sad.. His contribution to CA had been so immense that i don't think any other player has the capacity or capability to fill in.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    well done Ponting..I am sure now we ll get to see the best of you as a batsman...

  • JustAGame on March 29, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Not a big punter fan but have a feeling that this would be his second wind. He gonna have great couple of years for sure.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    I guess it is a good decision, but i also believe that u got a potential and u can still play till next world cup, though it all depends on your personal performances, which i think you're pretty capable of to put up a good performance.

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 29, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    Clarke as test captain, White as ODI/T20 captain. Simple.

  • groopoid on March 29, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Great captain and a fighting player handicapped by retirements of Warne, Mcgrath, Langer, Hayden, etc,etc, etc. How many times he single handedly brought them home?

  • mesudeep on March 29, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    A hero, a warrior steps down but he will always be remembered for his records............

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  • mesudeep on March 29, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    A hero, a warrior steps down but he will always be remembered for his records............

  • groopoid on March 29, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    Great captain and a fighting player handicapped by retirements of Warne, Mcgrath, Langer, Hayden, etc,etc, etc. How many times he single handedly brought them home?

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 29, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    Clarke as test captain, White as ODI/T20 captain. Simple.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    I guess it is a good decision, but i also believe that u got a potential and u can still play till next world cup, though it all depends on your personal performances, which i think you're pretty capable of to put up a good performance.

  • JustAGame on March 29, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Not a big punter fan but have a feeling that this would be his second wind. He gonna have great couple of years for sure.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    well done Ponting..I am sure now we ll get to see the best of you as a batsman...

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Sad.. His contribution to CA had been so immense that i don't think any other player has the capacity or capability to fill in.

  • on March 29, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    Probably the right decision. But Australia needs a clear head as a captain and the batsman in Ponting desperately...

  • pj3000 on March 29, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Y'know, I'll take this. As the best Aus batsman of the modern era, Ponting has earned the right to see out the twighlight on his career as he sees fit. I'd have had no dramas if he'd wanted to continue in the captaincy, but taking that pressure off himself does seem a good idea at this time. I hope we see Punter batting at Nos 5 or 6 for Australia in Tests for a good couple of seasons to come. I'd like to see him stay in the ODI team as well: maybe even 'do a Sachin' and move to the top of the order. As you'd expect at this stage of his career, it does Punter longer to get his innings underway. I like the idea of him looking to bat for 50 overs. Haddin could open up with him and take a few risks. I'm sure we wouldn't lose anything from Watson batting at 3: Watto might in fact benefit from not having the pressure on him to open in Tests and ODIs, in addition to providing more than a few overs of swing bowling.

  • Zoomzoom on March 29, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    This decision was expected. Good luck to Ponting as a batsman. He still is one of the best batsman around.