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I told Dravid not to retire - Ponting

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August 25, 2011

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Ricky Ponting shapes to play the cut, Sri Lanka v Australia, 5th ODI, Colombo, August 22, 2011
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Ricky Ponting has said that he encouraged Rahul Dravid to fight through his struggles and continue playing when their sides met in the two-Test series in India last October. Dravid was going through a lean patch at the time - his only century in 2010 up till then had been against Bangladesh and he managed just one half-century during the series against Australia - but Ponting said he urged Dravid to ignore critics who wrote him off.

"I remember after our last series in India there was a lot of talk and speculation about Dravid being finished," Ponting told ESPNcricinfo. "I actually went and found him at the end of the series and said 'don't you even think about retiring' because I just saw some stuff in a few of his innings that suggested he was still a very, very good player. I just said 'don't let them wear you down, don't let them get you down'. I received a similar text message before and after the Ashes from him as well."

After that home series against Australia, Dravid scored two centuries against New Zealand before a string of low scores in South Africa. Since then, he has been prolific in tough conditions, with four centuries in seven Tests spread across West Indies and England. In the second of those tours, where England humbled India to claim the No. 1 Test ranking, Dravid was easily India's best batsman, with three centuries and 461 runs over the four Tests.

Ponting, 36, has not scored a Test century since January 2010, said it was nice to see the 38-year-old Dravid doing well. He believed players like Dravid were as much an inspiration for senior players like himself, as for youngsters.

"There are a few [who provide an inspiration for batsmen of advancing years]. Sachin [Tendulkar] and [Jacques] Kallis both had a great last year; Dravid is doing well now. It's not only good for guys of my age to see guys doing that, it's good for the younger blokes to see it as well; to know that if you keep doing the right things and working hard, and if you've got talent, then age is not a barrier in our game."

While young players have role models to look up to, Ponting said he worried that an excess of Twenty20 cricket played at youth level would hinder the development of Test batsmen.

"The big worry I've had about Twenty20 cricket and even other shorter forms of the game being played at really developmental times in kids' careers is that it won't teach them the art of concentration. Cricket for me when I was growing up meant batting until someone got me out, and if that took them a week then that's how long it took them.

"Now, even Under-17s and Under-19s are playing T20 games in national championships, and at the detriment of two-day games. Good state players these days are averaging 35; if you were averaging 35 when I was playing your dad would go and buy you a basketball or a footy and tell you to play that. So there are areas of concern there; I don't know how you change them."

Ponting is one of the few senior members left in what is a transitional Australia team that goes up against Sri Lanka in a three-Test series. He said India, who lost their No. 1 Test ranking in England, could also enter a similar phase once their experienced batsmen retired, but believed their barren bowling reserves were a bigger cause for concern.

"India still haven't reached that point that I thought they'd get to yet. They've still got that crux, those great batters in that side. Time will tell with India now. Dravid was probably one who was in the gun before the rest of them and he's found a way to come through. They [Tendulkar, Dravid and VVS Laxman] are all about the same age and they won't go on forever. They will be tested more than anything with their bowlers. I think we found even in the last few years that a lot of their spin bowling probably isn't as strong as it used to be, and if you take Zaheer [Khan] out of their fast bowling stocks there's not much left there either; so they've got an interesting couple of years ahead."

India's whitewash in England has led to criticism that there is too much emphasis on the shorter formats of the game in the country, and Ponting, who has not played in the IPL since the end of its first season, said the tournament was affecting India's cricket.

"They're probably prioritising Twenty20 cricket as much as anyone aren't they, with the IPL being based there and the commitment some players have to certain franchises and tournaments going on around that. I reckon a good example of where their cricket is now is the fact they played RP Singh in that last Test match, when he hadn't played a first-class game since January.

"While India have got the great players they've had they'll remain competitive, but once those guys move on it'll be really interesting for them, and I think South Africa will be exactly the same. Once [Graeme] Smith and Kallis and [Dale] Steyn go out of that team it'll be interesting to see how they rebuild as well."

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Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 18:29 GMT)

@a1234s, I'm not comparing. I'm just saying that test cricket presents several unique challenges and Dravid and Gavaskar seem to possess that unique ability to control whatever is thrown at them. Lara and Shivnarine did the same for Windies. Kallis for SA etc....How does a player who can tackle all these unique situations with no fuss is ordinary/dozen a dime and how a paper god who struggles like a novice in those very situations is a genius (Ganguly confirmed it many times while commentating that Sachin once goes into shell can't come out and struggles)? How many times we have seen Dravid tackle such situations with no fuss? I'm trying to understand the arguement of Dravid baiters ;)

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 17:44 GMT)

@Ashish Goyal, wow wow slow down bro. Not as funny as your irrelevant questions. Now you please go and ask Bishoo not to bowl negative line; and Ravi and Fidel to not to bowl wide outside off. BTW, everybody has seen the drama of the youngsters and Dhoni in the Windies in each and every test including the final innings of final test. Thanks for the chuckle......Why the hell Sachin couldn't step up and let Dravid some breathing space in the 4th innings in England? Sachin was hiding like a timid fellow down the order but fights tooth and nail to open in ODIs. It is preposterous to send Dravid to open again after carrying the bat through, that too after being on the field for the entire English batting, for the entire Indian first innings batting. Shameful to even question why Dravid got out. It was shambolic and spineless captaincy from Dhoni and timidity personified Sachin for not stepping up to the task. Gotta feel for your hillarity mate!

Posted by a1234s on (August 28, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

@dravid_gravitas..

ooooh..watch what you utter, mate.

Lara and Dravid in the same breath. Even Dravid's most ardent supporters wouldn't go that far.

Any way, Lara has scored more centuries in a losing cause than any other test cricketer..

So, Dravid is better than La... aah chuck it...

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

@ravireng3, absolutely. Dravid is uniquely talented and it's such a rare trait that he has this unique ability like Gavaskar to defend no end and then come out on top. The Genius Lara is the other player who has also seems to have such complete control on the game. Ganguly was repeatedly saying how Sachin always fails in doing that. Genius??? Over-hyped. Period!

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (August 28, 2011, 16:01 GMT)

@Dravid_ Gravitas what do you mean by ultimate control and no fuss in Dravid's game??????????????why he got out in last innings (4th) when India needed him the most..why he made 33 runs in 92 balls when Ind needed 180 runs in 47 overs against WI in the last test...you call it ultimate control???????and this is not the story of this year ..this is going on since his debut...and i am talking about only the Test matches..dont even mention about his ODIS...ultimate control????..you are funny.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 14:09 GMT)

@Bold Biggy, and that exactly what Akram was saying during the series. He wants the wicket of Dravid foremost. And then went on to add, "What a great player this guy is!" @bismoy, Dravid fans behave in an irrational manner eh? And you find it perfectly normal that the fans of a timid fellow keep grinding their axe and resort to all sorts of laughable and ridiculous name calling on Dravid! Wonder why you don't find their behaviour irrational and uncalled for! Nuff said.....

Posted by   on (August 28, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

I don't get why people think Sachin is the best Indian batsman. Clearly Dravid is much harder for the bowler to dismiss.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 12:43 GMT)

@Dynamite Kid, and the same experts said that Dravid is a worthless player?????

Posted by The_Dynamite_Kid on (August 28, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

LOL, even Dravid will roll out of his chair laughing at him being called a genius. Let me recall the number of bowlers who have rated Sachin as the best they have bowled to - Warne, McGrath (in 2002), Akram (alongside Richards and Gavaskar), Donald. Now name any bowler who has rated Dravid as the best batsman they have ever bowled to. Caan you? Let's see. Oh by the way, Cricinfo recently made an All Time Test XI team, and complemented with another 2nd reserves team. Sachin found a place in the 1st team, while Dravid went missing in even the 2nd team. That gives us a fair idea of how big of a genius Dravid is, LOL.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

@sachin86, first of all Sachin is not the best batsman in the team. It's Rahul Dravid. What all we are asking that overhyped paper god is to lend a helping hand to the best batsman and Cricketing God Rahul Dravid, so that he could get some breathing space at least once in his entire career. Secondly, 'Sachin never opened in tests' excuse will always stay the same until he opens, for a start, at some point. So, that's a lame and tame excuse. No point seems to be a reason enough point for your paper god. BUT wait, FYI, Sachin did open against New Zealand in 1999; failed and never opened again. So, hold back your lame and tame excuse. Fourthly, why should VVS be 'airlifted' over Sachin in swinging conditions when the whole world knows that Sachin has a better front foot play? Why couldn't he even bat at #3? He was too busy hiding from #1/#2/#3 positions. Don't worry, your paper god will fight tooth and nail to open in ODIs. We all know why he sits in his favourite arm-chair.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

@dynamite kid, I said it before and will say it again, one has to be insane to call Sachin an ordinary player and one has to be insane to call Dravid an ordinary player. Point of contention here is Sachin is cowardice and selfishness personified. His traits are out in the open for everyone to see in England. If you can celebrate such a coward, imagine how Dravid fans should celebrate the ultimate teamman and selfless Dravid? No match. Please don't insult Dravid by comparing him ever with cowards like Sachin. Next, you tell me, how, with no topnotch talent and skills one can control his willow and the proceedings as they unfold? Listen to what Ganguly had to say about Sachin going into a shell and can never come back on top. Dravid is the ultimate genius who can ground such situations to dust and then come out on top with no fuss. What's stopping your genius? He is overhyped. Period! Plays game unidimensionally with no depth to his game in controlling the situations as they present.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

@sachin86, wow, all of a sudden you took refuge in expert opinions but when it comes to Dravid expert opinions get thrown out of the window and your 'unbiased' personal opinion that Dravid is 'dozen a dime' player is The Veda and that isn't name calling!!! Hmmm…interesting! Loll…Gotta feel for you bro. There's no peace out here for those people who resort to name calling of Legendary Players (Dravid, Lara, Sachin, Kallis, Ponting, KP, Bell, Sanga, Mahela, Chanderpaul……), with regards to their skill levels. Dravid is a Legendary Player, from skill levels to other significant facets of batsmanship. As you again call Dravid as 'dozen a dime player', let me remind you that Sachin is timidity and selfishness personified and the whole world has seen it in the just concluded series. I'll make sure that people won't forget this naked truth whenever we need a euphemism or a simile for those qualities. Cricinfo please publish. End of Part 1.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 6:32 GMT)

@bismoy, good for the laughs bro. but why don't you tell me what's stopping the so called genius from having ultimate control on his willow and the game like how Dravid does with no fuss? I'm not saying don't have fun or don't have a laugh. But can you enlighten me as to what is stopping Sachin from doing what Dravid does with no fuss?

Posted by bismoy on (August 28, 2011, 5:37 GMT)

Dravid_Gravitas: rarest of rare genius was not good enough to be among 15 member team for WC 2011...which india won...

rarest of rare genius was huge failure vs SA in SA and vs SL in SL

One series where all 3 century are in loosing cause...make dravid rarest of rare genius...Then imagine what would have happen if dravid was part of WC winning team.

1.His fans would have created temple by now 2.Dravid would have been called better than bradman. 3.Dravid would be officially declared as Greatest sport person of all time.

Posted by bismoy on (August 28, 2011, 5:27 GMT)

Dravid_Gravitas LOL still cant stop my laugh on dravid being called "rarest of rare genius" ...This is easily the joke of century...Cricinfo must publish this...every one need to have a laugh....

Posted by bismoy on (August 28, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

I sympathy with dravid fans...India won WC 2011...no one dedicated that win to rarest of rare genius...i guess dravid fans are bitter about that..

Dravid is such a nice human and great team player...alas his fans are behaving such irrational ways.

Posted by bismoy on (August 28, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

Calling dravid as rarest of rare genius is like calling sachin as GOD..

But to dravid fans disappointment even Indian player never referred Dravid as genius

But sachin has been called GOD by indian player.Harbhajan,Shewag ,yuvraj and many more...this is fact .

India won WC 2011...no one dedicated that win to rarest of rare genius...i guess dravid fans are bitter about that...

Posted by bismoy on (August 28, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

IF dravid is "rarest of rare genius "

then following is also true.

Dhoni-rarest of rare captain Harbhajan-rarest of rare spinner Zaheer-rarest of rare swing bowler Ganguly-rarest of rare left handed player.

Posted by bismoy on (August 28, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas This is height of foolishness calling dravid as rarest of rare genius ...

Please name one commentator or cricketer who has referred Dravid as genius...forget rarest of rare genius .

The real dravid facts:- 1. TEST::struggle for last 4 year in test...scored 3 century in losing cause. 2.ODI::Was dropped from odi team from last 4 year.(india won wc without him) 3.T20:: Not good enough to be selected even.IPL shows how he struggles in shortest format.

IF after all this dravid is called rarest of rare genius...then god save all dravid fans ...

Posted by The_Dynamite_Kid on (August 28, 2011, 4:42 GMT)

LOL, even Dravid will roll out of his chair laughing at him being called a genius. Let me recall the number of bowlers who have rated Sachin as the best they have bowled to - Warne, McGrath (in 2002), Akram (alongside Richards and Gavaskar), Donald. Now name any bowler who has rated Dravid as the best batsman they have ever bowled to. Caan you? Let's see. Oh by the way, Cricinfo recently made an All Time Test XI team, and complemented with another 2nd reserves team. Sachin found a place in the 1st team, while Dravid went missing in even the 2nd team. That gives us a fair idea of how big of a genius Dravid is, LOL.

Posted by a1234s on (August 28, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

@dravid_gravitas bro.. ROFL.. you are deluded. genius is Richards, genius is Lara, genius is Tendulkar Richards scored 24 Test hundreds and his avg is less than Tendulkar and Dravid. Stats don't always tell the whole story.

Do you know who has the scored the highest number of centuries in losing causes in Tests??? It is Lara.. go figure...

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (August 28, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

there are always 1-2 people out of 100000000+ who have different opinions they will go to opposite directions.Dravid _Gravitas is one of them..so i understand his mind. Dont worry mate have your says..keep on going...BUT you cant change the mind of 90 % Indians who LOVE Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar..the greatest ever.

Posted by ravireng3 on (August 28, 2011, 3:29 GMT)

It is simply preposterous to suggest that Dravid is ordinary when in fact has survived and scored most centuries for India second only to Sachin. How can this happen without talent? While I'm an ardent fan like millions of Sachin, if there is one criticism about him that is not entirely unfounded is that he is neither a match-winner nor a match-saver. Therefore if genius is to characterize Sachin in terms of natural talent and a gifted player that he is who is likely to be unbeatable in milestones achieved by anyone on the planet, Dravid has demonstrated time and again that he is uniquely talented to be the bedrock of the indian team and instrumental in so many come-back from behind either to save or win. Let us not compare greats to sling mud on one or the other

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 2:52 GMT)

@bismoy, bowlers fear Gayle too. Does that make Gayle a genius? Gayle is not even a good player let alone a genius. Dravid is an extra-ordinarily talented batsman with perfect technique and infinite temperament to boot and so he has a role to play. But when he gets going, the best spinner in the world on a turning track had no answer in England. Let me see the talent of the paper god and how well he can defend and change gears and defend again and change gears. That'll be futile. He is just over-hyped with no extra-ordinary skills in controlling the willow, unlike Dravid. It didn't happen in 22 years; it ain't gonna happen now. One has to be extra-ordinarily gifted to have such control on the willow.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 2:41 GMT)

@Ashish Goyal, you must be kidding when you say of sachin's dedication. The whole world has seen sachin's dedication to sit in his favourite arm-chair when Dravid was fighting tooth and nail to save India against England. Sachin miles ahead of Dravid in dedication???? temperament?????? hahahaha....you made my day with your good sense of humour....hahaha.....@bismoy, Dravid is undoubtedly a rare genius with unreal hardwork and intensity to match. What would you make of the talent of a batsman who suddenly goes into a shell and then unfurls when the time is ripe? That speaks volumes of the super-fine control and balance in execution he has on his willow and on the game, and the brain behind that man. If such control doesn't need extra-ordinary talent but just hardwork, then how come the so called genius and hyped paper god, with lots and lots of dedication and temperament (more than Dravid, as said by Ashish Goyal lollll)... is not able to do it?

Posted by bismoy on (August 28, 2011, 1:47 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas Bowler fears from genius...please let me know any bowler who has declared that dravid has given him sleepless night...please give the answer...

Dravid will be the hard working marvel...that showed the world you can succeed in international level through hard work even if you may not be genius like sachin or lara..

Many of dravid fans are his fans for this sole reason alone...calling dravid a genius is simply a lack of understanding of word called "Hard Work".

Posted by bismoy on (August 28, 2011, 1:40 GMT)

Dravid_Gravitas LOL even dravid will be laughing at your conclusion based on some fancy dreams...

Dravid has always maintained sachin is far talented than him,Every big cricket guru knows this fact,,not sure which dravid you have seen??

if you called dravid "rarest of rare genius " than what will one call a better version of dravid ...Kallis??? Do you know a better player than dravid more technically correct player plays for SA??

Dravid is player who will his sheer hard worked as reached where he has today.

The word Genius are used for Lare and Sachin and pointing sometime for modern greats.

Kindly don't make dravid genius,,,that will nullify sole purpose of what dravid represent in last 15 years..."Hard working marvel" like kallis.

Posted by tappee74 on (August 28, 2011, 1:12 GMT)

Cricket has always been a part of me,a sport beyond the compare off any.Ponting has advised that Dravid keep playing.Dravid is one of the most valuable batsman ever but so is Ponting.Ponting would have made a significant difference to the Australian team had he still been playing.The sport is a hard one,like all sports,fitness is the key.Dravid still seems to be coping with the rigerous demands of test cricket and will be an asset to the Indian side for a while.On the other side of the world is Shivnarine Chanderpaul a batsman so different in style and approach,but like Dravid, he is the rock of West Indies batting and it will be interested to see what the WI selectors 'decision will be, since earlier they had asked him to retire.Chanderpaul has recently helped in the draw of two test matches,and with a hundred in the last match which lasted over 8 hrs there is no reason why he should not be on the team.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 28, 2011, 0:10 GMT)

@cricinfo, please publish my part 1 also. you missed it.

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (August 27, 2011, 23:54 GMT)

@Only Sehwag and dravid -gravitas...can you guys open your eyes and check on stats...Its not only about numbers that Sachin is miles ahead of Dravid..Its his dedication,his brilliance and temperament which separates this legend from ordinary Dravid.There will be millions of Dravids in Cricket but Sachin is the only one and will always be. And you guys must be kidding or you are not in senses when you say Sachin plays for himself.In 6 world cups 4 times he was the highest run getter for india and 2 times for any country..India won the world cup this year ,It was because of him..India reached final 2003,It was because of Sachin..

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 27, 2011, 23:23 GMT)

Sachin knows only to play his own unidimensional game, with negligible impact on the game; get the accolades and then walk back to the pavilion. I see that all the clairvoyants who predicted that Dravid will be blasted by the English Bowlers and that English Bowlers will be blasted by Sachin are out of their woods. Gotta feel for you all bros....Don't insult Dravid by comparing him with a coward. It's a sacrilege to even think of such a comparison. Cricinfo please publish. End of part 4..

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 27, 2011, 23:18 GMT)

How Sachin is the greatest in skill levels and how Dravid is dozen a dime player is something only your goodself can understand. Gotta feel for you bro. I was new to cricinfo and I was astonished at the way Sachin Fanatics were bashing Dravid. I was never even a Sachin critic let alone pinning him down prior to joining Cricinfo. But the states of affairs out here with Dravid Bashers were just unacceptable, false and poor. Well, jumped in and threw proper light on the paper god and trying my best to restore the respect and glory of the rarest of rare genius called Rahul Dravid, who can go into a shell as needed and come out to unfurl at an opportune moment at his will, a quality that demands skills of the highest pedigree and temperament of the most humble and intelligent human who knows whom to respect and up until when, qualities which the paper god was never able to display even in 22 years. Cricinfo please publish. End of Part 3

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 27, 2011, 23:17 GMT)

You don't see me going around calling names to even opposition players. Why? It's because I love Cricket, Test Cricket in particular, and want to be part of their happiness in success and praise them. But why do you think I'm like this only with Sachin? It's because of people like you who go around calling names to Dravid's skill levels. Please understand that without being a genius possessing skills of the highest pedigree, one can't succeed like Dravid, Sachin, Ponting, Lara and Kallis, no matter how much determination each one of them have, no matter how much hardwork they put in. Dravid's level of intensity looks so unreal and unparalleled that his fine motor skills (talent) get paled in comparison. His unreal talent and skill levels were out in the open in the just concluded series for the whole world to see; paper god was looking like a novice in comparison. Cricinfo please publish. End of Part 2

Posted by McGorium on (August 27, 2011, 22:00 GMT)

@The_Dynamite_Kid: Wow. Just wow. When you look at the number of overseas wins that have happened largely because of RSD (Adelaide, Trent Bridge, Headingley, St. Lucia, Kingston, even Perth) and VVS in many other cases, it takes some ignorance or cognitive dissonance to call Dravid a worthless player. Dravid and VVS have architected more test victories for India with the bat than anybody else. In tests, it's been Dravid, VVS, and then, by a long distance, Sehwag followed by SRT. Now this is not to say that SRT is selfish: SRT's bad patch coincided with India's best period as a test side. SRT was, often, what RSD was in this series: the only person who could bat. You can't label RSD selfish without automatically branding SRT as selfish too; what's the difference? In 1999 except for one innings by VVS, only SRT made any runs. Most of SRT's great test performances have not resulted in a test victory. Most of Dravid's have (as too, VVS). Your personal biases against him dont change facts

Posted by only_sehwag on (August 27, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

@ Aashish_goyal

Once again you are bringing numbers..we all know that sachin has extraordinary talent ..thats not the point..the point is he plays for himself rather than the team...

Posted by only_sehwag on (August 27, 2011, 16:57 GMT)

@bismoy

something bigger than win or loss??what is bigger, individual records ?? lets call kenya so that the god can get his mortal possession of hundred hundreds..he plays only for his records, he gets them no doubt but at the cost of the team..throughout the series he hid behind dravid and laxman at no.4...the best thing thing to happen in the test series was to see him get out at 91 !! wish he made 99 and got out !!!

Posted by The_Dynamite_Kid on (August 27, 2011, 15:30 GMT)

Thanks to Ponting, we had to carry that worthless Dravid to the South African tour. Who knows, we might have won that series if another player were picked for Dravid, who scored run at a laughable average of 20 odd in that series. Despite that we managed to draw it, with Tendulkar and Laxman leading the way. And now this worthless player has scored some worthless runs for his own personal record in this England tour, and as usual the team lost despite it. We would have been a far better team if team India got rid of this rubbish player in 2006.

Posted by a1234s on (August 27, 2011, 15:03 GMT)

Dravid was a great player. but he hasn't done anything of note in the last 4 years.

His runs in this series do not count..because we were trashed comprehensively.

compound that with his dropped catches...

Posted by bismoy on (August 27, 2011, 14:43 GMT)

@only_sehwag ..

Has sachin not there your idol shewag would not have played cricket...Hope u got that point...open the eye...see there is something bigger than win and loss...

Shewag model his entire batting on sachin...and calls sachin his guru,,,,dhoni played cricket because of sachin...

See this facts.....Then you will understand who is sachin????

India won wc 2011 ,whom they dedicated to not to dravid or laxman or shewag ... whom????

please open the eye.....

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (August 27, 2011, 14:40 GMT)

@only Sehwag...so what you are trying to say is that when Sachin scored centuries and tons of runs in International Cricket(Maximum 34 k,way ahead of any other Indian)even than its his fault when team India looses...Its others like Dravid which are the downfall for Indian losses...whose only mission is to face maximum balls and remaining not out to improve the avg.

Posted by bismoy on (August 27, 2011, 14:38 GMT)

dravid is very very very lucky .

He scored avg of 20 vs sl in sl last time.no one blame him... He scored again avg 20 vs SA in SA...no one again blame him...

Sachin has a bad series vs England and still has avg 35...but every one blamed sachin....

Reason for it,,,,no one expect anything form dravid...but all expect from sachin...

That the difference between all time great sachin and good to great player like dravid.

Posted by bismoy on (August 27, 2011, 14:34 GMT)

@sachin86 Well written,,,,If dravid score avg of 20 in entire series .no one will blame him that much...but if sachin avg 35 also, all hell break lose,,,that is considered a big failure..That aptly shows difference between legend sachin and good player dravid.

again to dravid fans...please stop comparing dravid to sachin,,,its insulting to cricket...lara can be compared to sachin not dravid,,,

Posted by bismoy on (August 27, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

Sachin is greatest everyone knows....ask dravid ,lara,pointing,richards,wasim,warne...alll will tell the same things in unison...

but some people who have never touched the cricketing bat ...will disagree...

Joby_George dude whom you are kidding to???the most tensed match in history of world cricket was WC 2003 vs pakistan...sachin was mom...

2nd most tensed match played and highly build up match was again, india vs pakistan- 2011 semis again sachin was mom...

When sachin score 99 its called failure...when other score 99 its called success,,,hope u got this point.

Posted by bismoy on (August 27, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas Let not compare sachin one of the worlds " greatest batman of all time" with dravid.Dravid will not even come close to be picked in world greatest cricket team, while sachin is certainty.

Never any best bowler will tell he is afraid of bowling to dravid.but every bowler dream is to bowl to great sachin.

ALL Dravid fans should be proud of there hero career .but still sachin is supreme ,sachin is the" one"...sachin is the greatest.

if any one don't acknowledge the fact...then its jealousy nothing else.

Posted by only_sehwag on (August 27, 2011, 13:43 GMT)

@Aashish_goyal

Once again you are coming up with individual numbers..we all know sachin has the highest runs, hundreds,MoMs etc etc...but we don't care...what matters is how many times he has helped india win or draw in an international against a quality opponent..maybe 10 times in 22 years...not more than that...this is where a kallis, dravid, ponting, chanderpaul,vvs or even sehwag is way ahead of sachin

Posted by AidanFX on (August 27, 2011, 4:27 GMT)

Nice interview but I don't know why Ponting mentioned Styn. Styn is still young; alot younger than Kallis who will retire soon.

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (August 27, 2011, 4:11 GMT)

Some stats for jealous peoples: 1.India won the WC...Sachin the 2nd highest run scorer. 2.India drew vs SA in SA for first time,sachin is highest run scorer for india. 3.India beaten Austrlia at home 2-0 and sachin again is highest run scorer for india. India lost badly vs ENg 0-4...who was highest run scorer?? That show the importance of great sachin,,,,When ever he clicks india have done well..(thanks bismoy) Anyways,sachin need not prove anything now as he already conquered the throne of "the best batsman of modern era".Now,dravid can be worthy of any comparison to sachin if he had 60 MoM awards in ODIs,33000 int'l runs,99 centuries,and scored his best against Great teams like AUS,SA. Now,how many centuries does dravid have in AUS?just one and against SA in SA?just one.hahaha,the best test batsman right?(sachin86..thanks)

Posted by sachin86 on (August 27, 2011, 4:10 GMT)

@dravid gravitas

look who is talking?a guy who can't stand sachin's success and goes around every article here on this site calling names on sachin.Anyways,you are free to project those dime a dozen players as the best ever while we millions of ignorant beings that include don bradman,lara,donald,warne,hadlee,gavaskar,viv richards,richie benaud etc. regard sachin as the best ever.Peace.:D

Posted by D.Sharma on (August 27, 2011, 2:34 GMT)

@Dravid_Gravitas... I gotta say, I love reading your comments.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 27, 2011, 2:30 GMT)

@Asiba Buffalo, in your dreams, may be. Consider your team lucky that it wasn't 3-0 courtesy rain and that Great Man Shivnarine.

Posted by Mervo on (August 27, 2011, 1:39 GMT)

Maybe we should be recruiting from South Africa, like England has done (Trott, Prior, Petersen, Strauss, and three more South Africans in their one-day team.

I agree with Ponting however, don't replace until a younger, better players is proven.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 27, 2011, 0:33 GMT)

@sachin86, Dravid is 'dozen a dime player' as per your highness. Guess what, there's an old saying, "try and try till you succeed". But looking at the way you sound, let me rephrase it - "Cry and cry till you succeed" in painting Dravid as 'dozen a dime player'. Gotta feel for you and your timid, selfish, paper god.

Posted by only_sehwag on (August 27, 2011, 0:00 GMT)

@Aashish_goyal

If cricket were a individual sport like golf/tennis, sachin would have been its greatest ambassador...unfortunately its a team game and his bag of hundreds are worth only nickels and dimes because they never benefited the team

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 23:55 GMT)

West Indies should have beaten India !

Posted by Biggus on (August 26, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

@Deepak Dixit-How right you are, Tendulkar was particularly good in the England series wasn't he ?

Posted by sachin86 on (August 26, 2011, 19:24 GMT)

Anyways,sachin need not prove anything now as he already conquered the throne of "the best batsman of modern era".Now,dravid can be worthy of any comparison to sachin if he had 60 MoM awards in ODIs,33000 int'l runs,99 centuries,and scored his best against Great teams like AUS,SA.

Now,how many centuries does dravid have in AUS?just one and against SA in SA?just one.hahaha,the best test batsman right?

Posted by sachin86 on (August 26, 2011, 19:16 GMT)

Dravid has been lucky all through his career.He was never criticized for his dismal performances.His achievements have been overrated. When dravid fanatics cry that he isn't getting any attention like sachin gets,they should also keep in mind that he also was never been heavily criticized like sachin. Just imagine had sachin averaged 37 in 42 tests for 4 years would people have spared him?the whole of media and short-memoried people would have castigated him.On that regard dravid was damn lucky.A little over 6 moths back dravid utterly failed against SA without even scoring a fifty(sachin atleast scored a fifty and a 91 and was second best run getter for india in this ENG series.)Likewise,dravid has been failing for 4 years now til recently but he is still "the wall".Sachin scores a ton,he is selfish and not a match-winner,sachin doesn't score a ton he can't play in pressure situations.Whereas dravid even though we lost 0-4 his centuries are worth.Different strokes for diff. folks

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 17:21 GMT)

As a indian Cricket fan I have a big -ve point about Sachin is that he will not perform whenever India needed him to perfrom. Never play under tension. In that way India has lot more match winners. So Aashish_goyal please stop this is fact which Tendukar fans doesnt like. This Engalnd series performed below avgerage. Though he physically 100 fit. I dont know waht greatness u talking about .. must be all statstical .. Greats will play in crucial matches .Not statistics.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 26, 2011, 16:28 GMT)

@Ashish Goyal, I just don't hate it but it's a sacrilege to compare Dravid with Sachin. The former is the rarest of rare geniuses who knows when to defend and when to unfurl at the opportune moment while the latter doesn't have that command and control to go into a shell and come out of it at will; and to top it all the former is team man personified while the latter is cowardice and selfishness rolled into one. PEACE...Don't insult the once in a millennium player by comparing him with a player whose traits we get to see by hundreds of thousands in our day to day life.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

Leave it ponting...... Rahul, Sachin are always good... Form you ausies creates before series... Concentrate on your play....

Posted by kickittome70 on (August 26, 2011, 14:37 GMT)

Australia loves Ponting and Dravid - India loves Dravid. Ponting's admission about telling Dravid to play on shows that Ponting has hung up his boxing gloves and now can settle on becoming the best batsmen in the world - again. From what I've seen, Ponting looks a million dollars. His 104 in Australia's last word cup game against the eventual champions tells me that he knew that his burden was being lifted from his shoulders. I see a really great 18 to 24 months for Ricky. This is time to show that apart from his apparent overbalancing on the crease, all is well in the former Ausralians capians world right now. You see this bloke is a fighter, tough as Clint Eastwood and as plucky as a backstreet fighter. Ever since he was robbed of his debut 100 in his first test at the WACA, he would embark on a mission to get to the top just like any everyday Capricorn. I see his average lifting and his odds shortening to be the highest test scorer in 2012. look out Sth Africa and India. And England

Posted by vintagevini on (August 26, 2011, 11:30 GMT)

@Aashish_goyal - Your funda doesn't work. Would you have said the same thing in 2002-2003 when Rahul was no 1 and Sachin was not in top 10?. Point is both are legends!As u say "That shows the whole story..chapter closed..PEACE." :P

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

Though I think that Dravid is still a great, great player, I still think he (as well as Laxman) should start playing less tests so that India can groom more young players in their place. Coincidentally, I would say the same for Sachin but he already is seeming only to play in select few series.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

and for thos who are saying dravid had lean patch in 2006-2010..... please check sachin's stats frm 2002 -2005 ....... u will get wat i meant to see......

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

@Ashish _Goyal u r being too obsessed wid sachin and saying dravid never hit 5 centuries in 7 match........ u so poor in terms of cricket knwledge i cn see...... Dravid is the guys who has hit 5 hundreds in consecutive tests..... check ur stats dude......

Posted by Ameega on (August 26, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

I am a SL fan and I always loved to watch RD as well as Punter. They are really legends of modern era. In regard to this article, this is not really an appreciation, just a message to his own selectors. @RandyOZ; I have all due respects to Punter, the cricketer (not the skipper in him), but cannot agree with you as it is too early to say that. Not sure about Mahela, but Sanga will prove one day that you are wrong, for sure. Already proved to some points, how he is different from Punter, when he did quit captaincy after WC final defeat. Hope Sanga's bat will do the rest.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

Team India look like a different side without him at the top of the order

Posted by Aashish_goyal on (August 26, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

I hate it when people compare Dravid to Tendulkar... Dravid may be a good TEST batsman but Sachin is the legend of Cricket..bestest ever. Even ICC ranking show that..Dravid is in his supreme form hitting 5 centuries in last 7 tests (he never did better than this)BUT STILL Sachin the legend is way ahead of him (although in very poor form)almost at No.3 in test batting and Dravid is at No 10 with just 2 points into top 10..That shows the whole story..chapter closed..PEACE.

Posted by naveenpnayak on (August 26, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

Where was Ponting when Hayden and Gilli were forced to retire bcoz of their Poor form. He could have said the same to Gilli, Haydo, Mcgrath and Warne.. If these guys wouldn't have retired then Ponting would have had his captaincy as well as the World Cup...Atleast he could have helped Symo get into the Aussie Squad..

Posted by anver777 on (August 26, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

Dravid was the only man who performed in the whole Eng series .......coincidentally Ponting was also among runs during SL ODI series & hope will continue the same way in tests too......both are in the last stage of their careers & i wish them good luck !!!!

Posted by lakmina on (August 26, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

We found Sachin when we missed Gavaskar, We found Shewag when we missed Srikanth, we found Srinath when we missed Kapil, We found Dravid when we missed Amarnath or Vengsarkar, we found Kumple when we missed Maninder, we found Kiran More when we missed viswanath. I am not comparing anyone. But pointing out the talent we found. We have excellent batting bench strength forget Engaland failure) Virat, Raina, Rohit, Vijay, Badrinath, Yosuf and any many more. They have to take ownership. But bowling is weak. I feel we do have sufficient bowlers now compare to the days we had only Srinath/Prasad. Players should own their injury and plan their rest/priority. I am not blaming IPL, player obviously has choice to opt out no.of games, if they are serious about their internation career. Better preparation is what is important and suitable game plan according to opponent.

Posted by sachin86 on (August 26, 2011, 4:20 GMT)

@clint nelson

Seems you just woke up during WI and ENG series' after a long hiatus.Dravid had one of the worst run-droughts in indian team for so long. He averaged 37 between o1 Dec 2006 till 2011 before WI and ENG series(excluding bangladesh and Zim)and averaged a paltry 29 abroad.

In 2007 he played 8 tests and averaged 29.In 2008 he played 15 tests and averaged 30.In 2010 he played 10 tests and averaged 39.What worse can one have in a career.He's lucky to have not been dropped even after these below-par performances.People saying dravid didn't get his due credit and was overshadowed all his career should know that he also was never really criticized when he had such dismal years.That's what makes sachin the greatest for he has endured so much limelight and criticism and came out as the winner.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 26, 2011, 4:02 GMT)

No offence to all the SL fans but Mahela and Sanga are not in the same class as Ponting! Hope he plays until the next Ashes and helps to smash England back down the rankings where they belong!

Posted by satanswish on (August 26, 2011, 3:45 GMT)

When Tendulkar-Laxman-Dravid trio will retire, Indian Test side will find it difficult to beat even Bangladesh. No real backup created for the vacuum.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 26, 2011, 3:32 GMT)

It would be awesome if Sanga, Mahela and Ponting compete with each other. A sight for Gods I guess. Wonder why these Legends should age at all!

Posted by gannyboy on (August 26, 2011, 3:17 GMT)

I guess Pontings praise for Dravid has overtaken the real cause addressed by Ponting and that is the younger players not showing interest in test cricket and he is absolutely right about how players today are happy with an average of 35 with which you would have never made it to the team about a decade ago.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 3:04 GMT)

Great Sportsmenship shown by Ponting as well as dravid........ keep rocking I like you 2 a lot...:)

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 26, 2011, 2:54 GMT)

God bless you Ponting. We are seeing the final years of those Legends we grew up watching as teenagers. One last surge from you all, and all these poor and praying souls across the globe will be content for the rest of our lives. I'm a huge fan of Dravid but I don't really care whether he reaches 40 club or you, as long as you all go on a high. Unfortunately, Lara couldn't make it to 40 club though he still had lot of cricket left in him. Sachin is already there and gone into the 50 club; and Kallis is already there in the 40 club. Just the two of you (Dravid and Ponting) please go into the 40 club and we don't want anything else. I pray to all Gods Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Jesus, Balaji, Allah and Buddha to make sure that both of you go on a high.

Posted by Bimusa44 on (August 26, 2011, 2:44 GMT)

Much respect due, Mr.Ponting. Like you, I think Dravid is still a fine batsman, even at his advanced age. I think it might be a few more years before the "WALL" crumbles. If I had to name my five top bats men in the world at this moment, I would have to start with Dravid. He's not just the WALL, he's the ultimate professional; the KING, if you may. I admire his toughness, his true grit, his determination, or whatever you may want to call it. Whatever "IT" is, Dravid has it, and it's exhibited best, when the going gets tough for India. My next four top batsmen, not necessarily in any particular order, are, Tendulkar, Kallis, Kevin Peitersen and Ponting. I currently reside in South Florida, and unfortunately, I don't get to see much test cricket live, so I've been robbed of the opportunity to watch Dravid up close. However, since we are in the age of advance technology, I can watch him from the comfort of my living room. Just keep on keeping on, Mr. Dravid !!!

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 1:12 GMT)

comeon ponting i want u to score a attacking century against srilanka. i think cricket wil no more get good classic batters.see now,cook strauss,ttrott,i think no one wil pay to watch them even they have high averages..

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 1:04 GMT)

Dravid + Sachin + Steve Waugh + Ponting + Lara + Inzy = Our childhood & teenage. It's really inspiring to hear that people left from that generation are watching out for each other :)

Posted by Farce-Follower on (August 26, 2011, 0:40 GMT)

The King of scrappers -Steve Waugh- retired some time back. When Ponting, Dravid and Kallis retire - it will then end an era of ultimate Test Match players.

Posted by   on (August 26, 2011, 0:14 GMT)

iindia has been a strong team last couple years, but as always their old players have performed, but for how long more will they?, their ends r near, maybe a couple more years? india needs to place in more younger players if they want to move on...most teams r at this stage now...

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (August 26, 2011, 0:04 GMT)

Ponting is a has-been. Dravid and Kallis (who is younger) still have runs in them. Time for Ponting to go permanently and let guys like Callum Fergusson, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh serve Australia.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 21:40 GMT)

Good job Ricky on Dravid, ur time is near to score the century u been missing since last year

Posted by Hasso29 on (August 25, 2011, 21:17 GMT)

i really respect rahul dravid he and yousuf are my ideals!

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 21:10 GMT)

What else can seperate Form and Class better than "The Wall"

Posted by Rajesh. on (August 25, 2011, 20:43 GMT)

@Rahulbose -- Spot on mate........ Couldn't agree with you more !!

Posted by a1234s on (August 25, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

yes. Dravid was a good batsman. but he hasn't played any test match winning innings in the last 5 years.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

I think the West Indies tour was helpful for Dravid to get used to pace attack. He was the senior-most player and took the responsibility from then on..

Posted by bumsonseats on (August 25, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

its true form is tempory class is permanent, but the one thing that beats both is age, your batting skills may be with you for life, but fielding inc catching is not. i think he should retire within the next 12 month, and go out so supporters can remember him as a great batter. i think sooner than later the 3 batter will have to be replaced. some might have to be carried out kicking and screaming. dpk

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is solid Batsman for India who plays for INDIA(some players play for individual innings). He did not disobeyed to open in English conditions when sehwag or gautam were unavailable.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

Dravid showed in the recent test series against England that he can still peform at the highest level and if you can average more than 50 and currently be the second highest run scorer in test match cricket then you can clearly bat a bit. but the fact of the matter is he's only where he is in the standings and listings because he's played more matches and had more innings - Tendulkar apart - than anyone else playing in that format of the game so statistically its all relative. Ponting for once is right when he says that he (Dravid) and himself for that matter can't and won't go on forever;they are both at the very back end of their careers, so when they do retire their aggregates impressive though they are will eventually be improved on while their both their averages have flatlined and falllen to the point where they won't finish in their current second and third positions for all time runs. I predict that Kallis will surpass both of them.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

Superb essay on true sportsmanship. Ricky - u won our hearts till now with your graceful batting and now with this incident. Always pleasure to watch you legends bat..Long Live test cricket!..

Posted by BellCurve on (August 25, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

Are there any scientific studies to help understand when the best time is for a batsman to retire? Statistics are inconclusive. Many batsmen retire after one bad year in their mid to late 30s. But that doesn't mean that they are over the wall. All batsmen have bad patches. Look at Tendulkar in the early 2000s, Kallis in 2008, Dravid in 2010 and Ponting since 2009. With the exception of Ponting, all the other guys have bounced back. In order to find an answer to this question it makes sense to look at Bradman. He knew his own game better than any. He decided to call it quits when he was 40. For the very top performers, I would say the optimum retirement age could be as high as 42. This is consistent with what we can read across from retirement ages for the very best sluggers in the history of baseball: Bonds 43; Aaron 43; Ruth 40; Mays 42; Griffey Jr 41; and Sosa 39. I therefore predict that Tendulkar will go on until the next world cup and then call it quits.

Posted by Umair_Arif on (August 25, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

I am Pakistani but i must say one think with due respect to sachin .Dravid is better batsman than him(sachin).

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 17:36 GMT)

i think dravid is a true legend of the game and i am happy he did not retire then

Posted by Ahsan_Shere on (August 25, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

No.1 Test ranking is like a sweet dream for India now......worst team ever to achieve the feat.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

the old terminology that form is temporary and class is permanent still holds good for test cricket.. Dravid is an all time great and so is rickey ponting.. you cant compare steve waugh and ponting.. steve waugh was a fighter, but i dont think he is in the same league as ponting's and dravid's.. these are amongst the best cricket will ever have.. they should be allowed to have their own say about retirement.. i am sure havibg seen them they wont do harm to the team being team men always.. if they think their presence is detrimental to the team they will go..

Posted by Alexk400 on (August 25, 2011, 17:03 GMT)

India has abundance of average cricketers. What they do not have is bowlers who can be effective. I think india may find better bowlers when they lose all their great batsman.

Posted by tigers_eye on (August 25, 2011, 16:37 GMT)

Just to backup my previous comment: Steve Waugh's last one years batting average test was 76.6 (career 51.06) ODIs was 40.6 (career 32). Yet you didn't for once asked the selectors for him to be in the team and give him back the reigns. That would have showed real class. Not saying something to Dravid or Tendu - They are already a class act don't need your word of confidence. So I tell you Mr. Ponting (if you ever read my comment) retire with dignity while it is intact. Otherwise you will be forced out by a YOUNGER player soon, irony, isn't it?

I admire your batting but disliked the way you acted like the 3rd umpire on the field in the name of competitiveness and zeal. Actions are more important than cheap praise/talk.

Posted by Rahulbose on (August 25, 2011, 16:31 GMT)

Ponting is a clever chap, he keeps giving these interviews on how Sachin inspires him, how he talked to Dravid. All in hope to make it sound like there is a 35+ cricketer's club. While everyone knows just how popular he is among non-Aussie players. All this wisdom about how old guys can bat was lost on him when a certain Steve Waugh was standing in his path to captaincy.

Posted by peashcricket on (August 25, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

We all Know about your class and capability Ricky.(you,Kallis,Sachin,Dravid). So,Don't worry about the criticism.You will answer those by your bat as Dravid done in England series.Give 100% concentration at your game...Best of Luck.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

wow wat u said was awesome and ur da greatest player n captain who could rule da game for these long years n hope aussies wil b back on track.wow wat u said was awesome and ur da greatest player n captain who could rule da game for these long years n hope aussies wil b back on track.

Posted by samcri on (August 25, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

Itzzzz difficult to repalce china's "Great Wall" so is Dravid for team India

Posted by imbd on (August 25, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

gud 2 see Ricky's comment doesn't seem 2 b sarcastic..... but think dat alongwith India and RSA, even OZ have an interesting couple of yrs lying ahead....

Posted by tigers_eye on (August 25, 2011, 15:51 GMT)

Yes sir Mr. Ponting!! When the table is turned "age becomes no issue." Yet a bloke named Steve Waugh had no support even though he was producing much more than many in the team. Justice will be served, don't worry!!

Posted by JustIPL on (August 25, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

it was more survival then revival

Posted by PakTigers11 on (August 25, 2011, 15:42 GMT)

such a classy player and the sweet timer of the ball thats y they call him THE WALL he can spend gazillion hours at crease for sure he is the best test player in the world

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 15:37 GMT)

Rahul is easily be the best and no 1 Test Bastman India produced.No doubt about that. Lara also told one time. Classic! As someone wrote when the Wall stands all All Gods are also behind the wall. Ponting is one of the reckoned persons in the History of Cricket, very talented player. Nobody can time like he does on his back foot Pull ..it will be a magnificent Sixer!.amazing. These old guys are no match with any young guys .. awesome.

Posted by crikkfan on (August 25, 2011, 15:32 GMT)

Didnt Ponting say a few months back that he was inspired by Sachin's revival?

Posted by DubaiSiva on (August 25, 2011, 15:03 GMT)

What India England series has done is it has enhanced the respect for core batsmen like you all. . Ponting, it has been a long time since you also have scored in tests, but it is just a matter of time. Dont worry, India will be soon visiting Australia. I was looking at the stats of the series and was surprised to see Sachin still having an average of 35 for the series, which is the career average of some. He wll also come back with a vengance. So will Ponting. The message is all great guys, pl go on for some more years. We love watching you all bat.

Posted by kabe_ag7 on (August 25, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

My respect for Ponting went many a notches up after this. (I'm an Indian.)

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 14:32 GMT)

A side of Ricky we've never seen before! Bravo!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 25, 2011, 14:29 GMT)

I'm glad when Ponting says probably Captaincy effected his batting. Great players must be able to point out what's effecting them and come out of that rut. Hope and pray Pointing enters the 40 century club with useful contributions, not just mere lame milestones like Sachin accumulates or Dravid accumulated against England (though we can cut some slack to Dravid because the rest of the players turned out to be big zeros for the entire tour and no way just Dravid or Ponting can turn the match on its head when the gulf is too wide).

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 14:19 GMT)

well said ricky ponting...this was some sense....

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

Yes He is right if they will keep playing T20 and all then they will surely forget about Test Cricket and it will be history.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

Good to see 2 greats acknowledging each other and also good to see Ponting's concerns about the Indian Team.Hopefully by 2020,Australia,India and South Africa will be the top 3 teams.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

My Favs r Rahul Dravid nd Ricky Ponting ..I hope dat u too b also back in form just missing ur front foot pull nd hook shots it was nyc 2 c dravid being back in his usual classic fluent form..it's time for u to rise..

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (August 25, 2011, 13:28 GMT)

Dear Ponting, as a fan of yours can I expect a similar performance from you too? All the very best to you. Hope your team doesn't get bowled out easily so that you can rake up at least one big century in each of the test matches and make the games interesting against the Lankans. Dravid's centuries were ineffective because by the time he reached a century, India ran out of players. What a sad day it would be for test cricket when you, Dravid and Kallis retire. Well, that's for another day. Let me just enjoy you all while you all are at it.

Posted by Angad11 on (August 25, 2011, 13:20 GMT)

With age comes maturity!!! Ricky is finally talking sense.

Posted by Aussasinator on (August 25, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

Ponting is speaking more to let out the right sounds about himself to the selectors. He hasnt contributed for about 2 years now, despite having no injury. There's nobody to show him the writing on the wall. A finished cricketer as we could see from his sheer inability to play Malinga for 3 ODIs in a row.

Posted by Herath-UK on (August 25, 2011, 12:55 GMT)

This is some hyped talk just as much was the case with Eng Vs India series everything ending in a damn squib.This is not another respecting the other,just a case of survival before the sword of damocles fall eventually. Ranil Herath -Kent

Posted by taniap on (August 25, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

Pointing may have great cricketing skills and even as this article reveals, giving good advice to opposition team mates, but I still hate him for his onfield antics - very bad example for youngsters. Being competetive is not sledging or winding up the oposition - that is pure below-the-belt.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

I don't think Dravid has ever had a run-drought in his career that warranted the type of concern that is being implied in this Pontin statement. Maybe, Dravid felt that his achievements during the 2009/2010 and 2010/early 2011 seasons were not up to his accustomed excellent standards, so he felt to quit. But it's laughable when you compare this so called Dravid 'bad run' period against Sachin Tendulkar's bad run, but of whom no song and dance was made in terms of BCCI asking him to quit test cricket honourably: Dravid's 'bad run' figures for the periods of 2009/2010 and 2010/early 2011 (not including Bangladesh) show: In 2009/2010, he played 3 tests; batting in 4 innings; scoring two 100s at an average of 106! In 2010/early 2011 (just before he went to WI and England); he played in 8 tests; batting in 14 innings; scoring two 100s at an average of 44. This is compared to Tendulkar who between April 2004 and December 2007 batted in 45 innings, scoring one 100; at an average of 31! HA-HA!

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

Ricky is obviously one of the greatest to have ever played the game.For him to speak in support of Dravid only goes on to show how these great players respect each other.I'm sure PUNTER will bounce back

Posted by Herath-UK on (August 25, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

There is nothing new here and Ponting too is going on the same track as did by Jayasuriya,Sachin etc of trying to cling onto his place in the team as much as possible citing any excuse/example.We could see that he is not the same bubbly character and any miss in the fielding and form will bring forth the talks of his ageing and ability. What he should do is to stop these annoying talks and write ups of how good he is and let simply the batting talks. Ranil Herath -Kent

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 11:54 GMT)

Oh Yes, The Master Has Spoken, India And RSA, Watch Out U Been Warned !

Posted by g.jeevan05 on (August 25, 2011, 11:49 GMT)

2003-04 series crosses my mind,which was ofcourse a great series for Dravid and Ponting!!Time to see that again in 2011-12 series.

Posted by Aravind_always on (August 25, 2011, 11:42 GMT)

Good to see two greats respect each other.These two ruled the cricket world 2000-06 period.And both of them have a dip in form after that.And seems like they are back in elite form at the same period too.The game will miss them once they retire..

Posted by gilly007 on (August 25, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

@ Sriraj G.S.. Its funny ho everyone always forgets that incident. And not only that , but the simple reaction from gilly afterwards is testament to australia. He didnt yell from the rooftops that All Indians are cheats...... He simply said Its a simple game with a replay. Clearly dont understand how Aus are villains and India Heroes

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 11:36 GMT)

Really good to see that from ponting. Hardly expected that from the two rival teams.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 11:20 GMT)

Thats nice to hear! This shows the sporting community transcends narrow national borders which is the way to go. Like Kris Bhatt on (August 25 2011, 08:43 AM GMT), I too wish the Punter a good show in SL. Unabashed patriotism? So be it!

Posted by abhipunter on (August 25, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

Well.People always had some misunderstanding about Ricky's personality, his attitude and all. But as a Ricky fan for all these years what i know is he is really a great guy. On field he is a great competitor, sometimes he crossed his limits but his passion for cricket unquestionable. For so many years cricket was revolving around him. He was the world no 1 batsmen for years, captain of world no 1 team for years, so the focus was entirely on him and his team. Everyone apart from Oz fans everyone wanted Oz to lose. So when they finally started losing things changed in Ricky's life. Off the field also he is involved in so many charity work. Golf and charity work are the 2 things which he is going to do once he retires. He is a great person. Thank god finally people are realizing the truth.Punter's real face.We will miss him and all the other great players once they retire.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 10:58 GMT)

We can not ignore words of wisdom from RICKY as he led to 2 succesive WCups for AUSSIES and dominated world cricket from 2003-2010 under his reign,he has rightly pointed out T20 cricket is killing ideal batsman of test stature in young players these days,even AUS are facing tough times after warnie,mcgrath,haydos retired so IND too shall face it ,batsmen can always adjust but the problem is Bowling as IND have been deart of good bowlers ,as they are like guests come and vanish in wilderness like IRFAN,RP,Ishant::Ind were lucky to win WC and reign on top,after all sooner or later the 3 guns sachin,laxman and dravid would call it a day,I wonder how they shall perform down under later this yr,after ENG debacle lets hope IND could give fare well to them by winning test series in AUS,i am sure if any 3 of them doesnt perform there they will surely call it a day with VIRAT,ROHIT,CHETESHWAR waiting in the wings,,Raina lacks test material and is good a s finisher like BEAVAN in ODI's..

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 10:58 GMT)

Punter,, undoubtedly one of the greatest player to have ever played. It feels nice when he talks about the senior players and how they coordinate and make each other realize the importance and the contribution they need to put in for the youngsters and for their National cricket..

Posted by Jawz on (August 25, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

A very refreshing article from Ponting. I really used to hate him for his brashness, arrogance and haughty attitude. But it seems there is change blowing across the Australian team. Great. I used to wish your wicket but grudgingly also admired your batting. Best of luck to you Ponting. Yes, you are right the T-20 and IPL are spoiling Indian cricket and it is high time people in BCCI think about future. Want to have an Argus Report for India too. RP Singh's selection ahead of Munaf Patel was baffling and really showed the careless attitude shown towards this marquee series. Wasim Jaffer is so shoddily ignored. Amazing how selection process works. Dravid you are simply superb and so are Laxman and Tendulkar. Those gunning for Laxman like Sanjay Manjrekar should look at the record of Laxman in last 2 years alone. It is easy to make arm chair comments Mr Manjrekar. Ponting you are right the performance of Dravid will silence lot of people who always think about age and young blood.

Posted by vaidyar on (August 25, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

One thing good about espncricinfo is the way you present information. While most other news sites have taken this piece of news and projected it as Ponting "persuaded" Dravid to not retire, espncricinfo keeps it straight with "encouraged" to carry on. Such a world of difference in 2 words!

Posted by Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on (August 25, 2011, 10:45 GMT)

well said ponting. its great to see two legends acknowledge each other

Posted by pasha524 on (August 25, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

this post have increased my respect tp ponting

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

It is funny how several people paint a picture of Ponting in their minds as an arrogant, mean opponent. He's been one of the most brilliant batsman but also a great player on the field who would fiercely fight till the end. His Old Trafford century in 2005 and the 2011 WC century against India are among the finest knocks I've seen. Some Indians may begrudge him for the Sydney saga. Yes, he's made mistakes in his life but he's not the only one. Despite being an Indian and a Ganguly fan, I will be quick to point out Ganguly's claiming of a catch in the 2003 WC final yet Ganguly goes down in Indian history as the bravest captain while Ponting is treated with disdain...I feel for Ponting! Ricky is the guy who told his men before the final session of the 2007 Ashes whitewash - "enjoy the moment but remain humble in victory".

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 10:22 GMT)

Well said punter.thank you for motivating my god dravid.Well said punter.thank you for motivating my god dravid.

Posted by Pirran on (August 25, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

I'm sorry, did I miss something here...

"It's not only good for guys of my age to see guys doing that, it's good for the younger blokes to see it as well; to know that if you keep doing the right things and working hard, and if you've got talent, then age is not a barrier in our game."

(knock, knock)....KATICH...Hello??...Best runmaker in the Aussie Test side since his recall? YOUNGER THAN PONTING??. Let's all remind ourselves, shall we, what Ponting said when Katich had been unceremoniously dumped in a radio interview on Triple M:

Ponting said he understood why Katich was no longer part of the selectors' plans, but was also sympathetic towards his now former teammate......

"But it sounds like what the selectors have had to say about it is they want to give Hughes and Watson a couple of years' run at it leading into the next Ashes, so you can understand that thinking as well."

Right...THAT all sounds consistent...I'm sure MY respect for the guy has quintupled...or something....

Posted by EmpiresStrikeAgain on (August 25, 2011, 10:08 GMT)

I can't believe what he is saying....Might be they want same old age batters from India in Australia...I am not denying their talent but with a slightly slow reflexes in batting and fielding....

Posted by unregisteredalien on (August 25, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

Yes, well, I remember Ponting saying much the same thing about the inspirational Tendulkar whilst in the middle of his form slump of a year or two ago. It all sounds a bit self-serving to me, and I wonder if any of his contemporaries will have the opportunity to return the compliment before his representative days are deemed to be over. Still, he's not off to a bad start post-captaincy and I wish him all the best. (I was worried I might spoil the otherwise positive mood on this thread, but no chance, an Aussie praised an Indian so all's well on Cricinfo!)

Posted by edcilnoronha on (August 25, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

Ricky i am really surprised by the comments that u have given about the players and the team and u noe wht u have shown a great personality of sportsmanship which i have been personnally waiting to see from years from ur side and it gives me great pleasure to give u respect and honour for ur comments.... u are the best batsmen in the world with sachin, dravid, don bradmen, viv richards, sunil gavaskar, kallis etc.... i hope that this type of sportsmanship remains for eva wid u and would lik to c som great innings from u as ur batting style is unique and the best.... well as i would say evry great batsmen has a got a unique batting stanz and playing which i admire.... cheers....

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

I reqally think Dhoni and Sreesanth should be dropped.

Posted by zamanmb on (August 25, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

It is pleasure to read an article from Ponting. This will be example for unity of each player among other team. Good work Ponting...Keep it up. I am Sri Lankan and I would like to say both Ponting and Dravid, keep playing. There are enough time to think about retire. Some players played even after 40 in past, so you are still achievable.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 9:29 GMT)

Dravid is really, Indain Wall no doubt about that .

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

Very well said. Probably the most accurate comment made in recent times. I am not a big fan of Ponting, the caption: mostly because he had to defend lot of things in the team and his members, some times arrogant as everyone know. But I like Ponting, the player, who is got good determination and attitude which is very inspiring.

Posted by Rajeev129 on (August 25, 2011, 9:11 GMT)

Punter, you are still the best fielder in your side(may be in world) and you had no major injuries at all apart from finger injury. I really dont understand why u still worry about your age ? If u scare about your fitness, try to get some tips from Sachin on which series to play and which series to skip.

@Gaurav Sharma: Yes indeed there are !! we can atleast enjoy the test cricket for another 5 to 10yrs with England Batsmen Ian Bell, KP, Alastair Cook are all set to become the legends of test cricket in next couple of years apart from Amla and Gambhir . Even in upcoming generation there are few young batsman who prefer test cricket over T20 like Pujara, Maneria, Philip Hughes, Alviro Pietersen etc.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

Ricky talks about wall and indian team........

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

watched him play at oval real treat. real test cricketer.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

After reading this article my respect to Ricky (which hardly existed)has quadrupled. I know for sure he will do well in Srilanka.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 8:36 GMT)

did Ponting just change his PR advisor

Posted by plow on (August 25, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

I'm amazed at the people who have only seen this "positive side" of Ponting for the first time. I'm a kiwi, and its our job to hate Aussie cricketers as they crush us every year. But I rate Ponting as one of crickets greatest personalities and players. When he retires cricket won't be the same.

Ponting ever since the ashes 2005 has been a different guy.

While the poms were blowing their trumpets over the 2005 ashes, Ponting was extremelely humble in defeat. The player on the field was fierce, but the guy after the match was sincere and very real.

That ashes series would not have been what it was without Ponting, and they way he took defeat on the chin against the widest of expectations was hugely admirable.

People have totally misread Ponting, he's a scrapper on the field, but if you haven't seen that he is an amazing bloke then you haven't been paying attention.

Posted by EL_Prasho on (August 25, 2011, 8:19 GMT)

"Now, even Under-17s and Under-19s are playing T20 games in national championships, and at the detriment of two-day games. Good state players these days are averaging 35; if you were averaging 35 when I was playing your dad would go and buy you a basketball or a footy and tell you to play that. So there are areas of concern there; I don't know how you change them."

Has there even been a truer thing said ?

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 8:18 GMT)

There'd always be haters .. but time and again it shows how much Ponting cares for test cricket, and that hunger is a must for becoming a modern day great which he definitely is. Everyone has their methods, not for him the modest and humble way of Sachin or Dravid, or zen calm of Kallis. Ponting has always reveled in crackling competitiveness which often boiled over to arrogance when he was part of a world beating outfit. However, captaining a team in transition has brought a measure of perspective in him. His comments about good state players averaging 35 shows though, the basic hard yards to become a great player remains the same regardless of personal traits or nationality. Might be a little off mark about SA though. In Steyn, Morkel, Theron, Tahir, Tsotsobe, Parnell etc. the have a solid bowling attack and in Smith, Amla, AB DeVilliers, Duminy etc. have a pretty solid batting core too, all primed for a good 4-5 years.

Posted by senthiln_ice13 on (August 25, 2011, 8:03 GMT)

Surprised to see ricky ponting commenting normally for the first time and very correctly about the indian cricket. Growing in age makes a difference in life :)

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

punter have changd..gud tu see great players admiring one another...

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 7:57 GMT)

Surprised to see this article and comments from ponting... i think his arrogance has come down and he is now in getting into a scale among these greats...

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 25, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

I dont know what ponting is on about in regards to SA. The only player he mentions is thatis nearing the end of his career is Kallis, whos currently approaching 36. As for Smith, hes only 30 and so has 5-7 years of international cricket left, Steyn is 28, and so maybe 6-8 years left if he remains fit and injury free.

Posted by muski on (August 25, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

Good to see some Positives vibes from an otherwise negative individual. Hope these 2 guys do well in the tests down under when they meet later this year

Posted by Santhosh-indian on (August 25, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

Ricky even am an Indian fan but i love to see your batting just go for it take one series at a time:)

Posted by rohith10689 on (August 25, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

for the first time i m looking a different angle in ponting

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

key players of both team ponting is the excellent payer and living legend

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

Well said Ponting,but remember u r just as gud as any of them,keep going along..

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

Quite apt comments from one of the finest batsmen. If you are interested to play for an hour, there are other sports to pursue.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

No doubt India is moving towards hollowness!

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 7:20 GMT)

it is very first time the great batsman ricky ponting gave really thought-full matter for indian cricket.

Posted by cnbc on (August 25, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

same like whwn gilly,haydoo,mcgrath n others left

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

wow..ponting made some valuable points in his speech..!!

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

Very Well Said Mr Ramanujan Sridhar....

Posted by hassan8690 on (August 25, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

ponting i dnt truly agree about ur statement about SA since there been to sucher situation after 2007 world cup im sure they'll do well as for AUS,SL both are in the same boat where u guys lost all your strong heads and tiring to replace them well it aint going to happen some players are irreplaceable it better to find a new dimension of the game then tiring to make one of who left n its for sure the game has transformed though the years so better teams find players with different skills rather then skill that fill other players shoes...

Posted by Imz25 on (August 25, 2011, 6:49 GMT)

Totally agree with Ponting! The couch potatoes and keyboard warriors around the world shouldn't be doubting such highly successful sportsmen. Good to see both Rahul and Ricky encouraging one another.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 6:49 GMT)

this is the advice the cricket world have to take..gr8 ponting. and here in india the hauling is going on...

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

these players are like old wine gets better with age :) i love it how the players of this era namely ponting dravid , tendulkar , kallis hve such high respect for each other.

Posted by rsurya on (August 25, 2011, 6:19 GMT)

I like Ponting.... I thought he is a head weight feller. great......

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 6:01 GMT)

Well said ricky... i'm absolutely humbled by your thoughts, and all that u mentioned are the facts about indian cricket.. the t20 format is disturbing the quality of d cricket.. good to play it occasionally but not as too much tournaments.. ricky i hope u get in to a great form in tests and add some centuries to your account.. cheers man..

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

2 great legends :) batting maestro

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

IPL and T20 is killing India's future. Where are the top quality spinners India always produced, never had a great pace bowler other than Kapil, Srinath and Zaheer. The most alarming thing is there is no batsmen in the younger lot that can play a standing long innings like Dravid or Laxman used to play or they cant Dominate like Sachin. Interesting time ahead after losing Gary Kristen.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

Advice from one great player to another :)

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

Wht he said s right !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 5:49 GMT)

The three top run scorers in the world now are Sachin, Ponting and Dravid. Indicating that not only are they great but also have had the ability to stand firm in the face of criticism from media, many of whom have been ill informed. Longevity is rare and should be revered. Dravid has demonstrated the virtue of tenacity and stickitiveness. Tendulkar has had a great run till the recent English tour and Ponting has started to bat as we all know he can . The next year is extremely important for the veteran cricketers of the world and even more interesting to see how many can break open the selection door. The problem of T20 is a severe one. Sadly it is the monster who feeds the game today and yet is its greatest bane. Playing in IPL has had many of the Indians being rendered unfit for the biggie and what could have been the clash of the titans became the whimper of the century. Here is hoping ponting does well . sridhar

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 5:44 GMT)

Well said Ricky Hats off u Past captain....n we knw tat dravid iz ever Rockzzzzz Indian Wall.......

Posted by StunningDollar on (August 25, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

Very Rightly suggested by Mr. Ponting. There should be scope of talent only to any types of game, not to age. Keep it up all talented legends.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

I totally agree with you punter .....

Posted by Sal76 on (August 25, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

Very interesting to learn what Ponting said to Dravid and even more interesting that Dravid responded in the same manner. That's sportsmanship and that's the attitude cricketers should have. Over the years I've had a love-hate relationship towards Punter, love his batting, hate his on-field attitude in a lot of situations, but have always admired him as a cricketer. I agree with most of what he has said. India are indeed affected by the shorter format of the game. No doubt that once the senior players, the fab 3 and Zaheer, are out, it will be a critical and difficult time for India, UNLESS, they think ahead and start rebuilding NOW. Someone had suggested once - different teams for different formats. That's what should be implemented. I do however, disagree with Ponting about SA. They still have some good batting strength in the likes of AMLA and AB and they can definitely groom the likes of Tsotsobe and Parnell. I think SA will remain strong for a long time.

Posted by 5wombats on (August 25, 2011, 5:20 GMT)

....This is presenting such an easy target... but I'll resist. The trouble is - with pitches being what they are in Sri Lanka - this man will probably get 3 double hundreds and make himself indispensible for the next 5 years. Still - staying on has made Dravid look good, and you can be sure that Ricky will be seeing that and saying to himself "I'll take the advice I gave to him". Looking good and securing his reputation - these are the key points in Ponting's approach now - and probably the factors motivating him to give this interview and say the things he's saying. On the eve of a test series in Sri Lanka I'd be more interested in hearing from the Australian captain. Perhaps he still thinks he is.

Posted by Kaushal_b on (August 25, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

Good to see mutual respect amongst the great cricketers. Even though I wasn't a huge fan of Ponting during the last few years of his captaincy, there's no disputing the fact that during the period from around 2003-2007, he was easily the best and most consistent batsman in the world. Ponting in full flow is definitely a sight to watch, and its nice that he hasn't given up his positive approach to cricket. The world will miss batsman like Sachin, Dravid, Kallis and Ponting once they retire. I guess the only other batsman in that league is probably Sangakarra.

Posted by thebarmyarmy on (August 25, 2011, 5:19 GMT)

I hope he plays on till the Ashes. Will make it easier for England to win again :)

Posted by bjay on (August 25, 2011, 5:09 GMT)

Spot on Assessment. For once I hold my thumbs up for Ponting!

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

Nice to see the player supporting a player irrespictive of the country you're belongs to. Well done ponting! we want to see Dravid playing as long as he is in a good form.

Posted by   on (August 25, 2011, 4:45 GMT)

I wonder that when these 4 all time greats (Sachin, Ponting, Dravid, Kallis) retire, Will there be any batsman in the world to whom we can look in awe? I will proudly say to my grandchildren that I lived in the time of these 4 extraordinary batsman

Posted by Joby_George on (August 25, 2011, 4:40 GMT)

Well said RTP. Form is temporary bus class is permanent, just like that there are not much guys with those class where you, dravid, lara, kallis, saeed anwar, laxman,younis khan,sangakkara belongs to. Its the Temperament and courage that took yourself and australina to a great height. I believe along with dedication, Temperament and hard work, courage is also a main fact, which indians sachin tendulkar doesn't have. If under pressure, he cannot even play cricket with school guys.

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