Australia news June 20, 2013

Ponting to retire from all cricket

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Ricky Ponting, the former Australia captain and one of the greatest batsmen of the modern age, will retire from all cricket in October. The 38-year-old is currently in England playing county cricket for Surrey but he has said that the Champions League T20 campaign with Mumbai Indians, winners of this year's IPL, will be his last competitive outing.

"While I'm enjoying my cricket as much as ever, it just feels like the right time to finish playing," Ponting told the Daily Mail. "My body and mind are in great shape and I know I'm going to really enjoy these last few months before the next stage of life begins."

Ponting announced his Test retirement during Australia's home series against South Africa last year, making a farewell appearance in the defeat at Perth. In 168 Test matches he amassed 13378 runs, second only to Sachin Tendulkar, as well as 13704 runs in ODIs, winning three World Cups, two as captain.

In what has turned out to be his final season in Australia, Ponting helped Tasmania to victory in the Sheffield Shield - and finished as the competition's leading run-scorer - before heading to the IPL. He is scheduled to leave Surrey in July and take part in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League, with the Antigua Hawksbills.

"To win the Sheffield Shield with Tasmania in my last game in Australia played at Blundstone Arena, will forever be a memory close to my heart. It's one of a lifetime of memories that will become even more special to me in retirement," he said. "I'm so grateful for the opportunities that the game of cricket has given to me. I've played with so many outstanding people at all levels of cricket with lifelong friendships made."

Although Ponting struggled in his final Test series, accumulating just 32 runs in three matches against South Africa, uncertainty about Australia's batting line-up ahead of the Ashes had led to talk of a possible recall. Ponting appeared to encourage such speculation shortly after arriving in England to join up with Surrey - "I would never say never," he said in a newspaper interview - but he later clarified that he would not be coming out of retirement. He did however make a return to the dressing room to offer support as Australia went out of the Champions Trophy with defeat to Sri Lanka at The Oval on Monday.

He made 192 on his first-class debut for Surrey last month, proving his continued appetite for making big scores, but it will be in T20 cricket that he makes his final bow. He is one of the marquee signings for the CPL and will be expected to play his last innings in the blue of Mumbai, despite dropping himself from the team and handing over the captaincy to Rohit Sharma during their run to the IPL title.

He will then begin life as a retired professional cricketer, with promoting an autobiography the first job on his list. Ponting said he was looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Rianna, and their two daughters, as well as working with their cancer fundraising charity.

"I'm considering a couple of options in the cricket media and I'm very fortunate to have a wonderful group of commercial partners that I will be continuing to work with," he said. "My autobiography comes out in late October so I've also got a couple of busy months on my book tour when I get back. I got a taste for the off field demands of coaching, mentoring and leadership at Mumbai. I'd like to do more of this in the future.

"I'm excited about what lies ahead. We are moving to Melbourne, which will be like a new beginning as a family leading a more normal life. I'll be able to spend more time with family and friends, play a lot more golf and see more of North Melbourne footy games.

"Rianna and I will continue to build the work of the Ponting Foundation and, with more time on my hands, I'm intending on spending more time with children with cancer and their families."

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  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Respect Ricky Ponting. You are a treat to the eyes, amazing to watch when you play. I especially love your aggressive approach in batting. You, being one of the best in the business, would still be an understatement. Thanks for providing all those lovely entertaining cricket and making my childhood super awesome. I still hope you don't retire, because that will certainly be one of the saddest day of cricket. But, getting back to reality, looking forward to see you play in MI jersey!

  • POSTED BY Selector_Ads on | June 21, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Ricky, I genuinely believe you are the best we will see for at least a generation. Australian cricket dominance through the 00's was when you were the best in the game. Yes there were great players around you, but Australia had the unbeatable aura when you were THE dominating batsman. All opposition was afraid of you; every time you walked out, we always anticipated an onslaught. And I'll always remember your brilliant knock in the 438 game.

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | June 21, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Congrats on a brilliant career Punter... Shame you have decided to not put your hand up for one more ashes cause you would walk into the current side. My top 5 batsmen to play in the last 15yrs has you listed at no.3... They are 1. Tendualker, 2. Kallis, 3. Ponting, 4. S,Waugh, 5. Lara. For fun I didnt a top 5 bowlers (of which Ponting did not feature!) they are.... 1. Warne, 2.Akram, 3. McGrath, 4. Ambrose, 5. Murali

  • POSTED BY featurewriter on | June 20, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    Easily one of my favourite cricketers of the modern era. I was fortunate enough to watch him bat a lot at the Gabba over the years. I'll miss the sweet sound of the leather being finessed off the willow and gliding its way down to the boundary fence. And what a noble post-career profession: raising awareness and funds for kids with cancer. Great cricketer - but I think he's about to become an even greater philanthropist.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    One of the great players of our time. I hope the English fans give him the send off he deserves. What made him great was the fact that when he came out to bat we all felt "oh no, not Ponting". A great fighter, brilliant stroke maker, especially square of the wicket, and a great captain, he will be missed. An Aussie of the old school. And I am an Englishmam.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 25, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @ blackie on (June 22, 2013, 19:24 GMT) The 4 modern day cricketer- agree but I want to add one more unsung legend ie Shivy Chanderpaul. IMO Shivy is better than Lara.

  • POSTED BY OneEyedAussie on | June 22, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    In my mind there are two Pontings. One played from 1996-2007/8 and was an unstoppable run machine that was the heart of Australian cricket domination. He was one of the greatest captains of limited overs cricket. And then there is 2007/8 until his retirement - the time in which his batting declined from dominating to the occasional still brilliant innings. There was also his failures as a captain in the test arena - such as his mismanagement players like Johnson and his embarrassing temper tantrums.

    Good luck to you Punter! I like to dwell on your great years and forget the bad ones.

  • POSTED BY blackie on | June 22, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    +NE of the greats of the modern game for sure. Hated when he played against Windies. One of the great modern 4 of Tendulkar, Lara and Kallis .

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Love your aggression, love your field placements, love your never say die attitude, and love your pull shots! Will always hate you for tormenting the Indians esp the 03 world cup. Thanks for the entertainment!

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    North Melbourne???? Come on Punter, go for Tigers!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Respect Ricky Ponting. You are a treat to the eyes, amazing to watch when you play. I especially love your aggressive approach in batting. You, being one of the best in the business, would still be an understatement. Thanks for providing all those lovely entertaining cricket and making my childhood super awesome. I still hope you don't retire, because that will certainly be one of the saddest day of cricket. But, getting back to reality, looking forward to see you play in MI jersey!

  • POSTED BY Selector_Ads on | June 21, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Ricky, I genuinely believe you are the best we will see for at least a generation. Australian cricket dominance through the 00's was when you were the best in the game. Yes there were great players around you, but Australia had the unbeatable aura when you were THE dominating batsman. All opposition was afraid of you; every time you walked out, we always anticipated an onslaught. And I'll always remember your brilliant knock in the 438 game.

  • POSTED BY kensohatter on | June 21, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Congrats on a brilliant career Punter... Shame you have decided to not put your hand up for one more ashes cause you would walk into the current side. My top 5 batsmen to play in the last 15yrs has you listed at no.3... They are 1. Tendualker, 2. Kallis, 3. Ponting, 4. S,Waugh, 5. Lara. For fun I didnt a top 5 bowlers (of which Ponting did not feature!) they are.... 1. Warne, 2.Akram, 3. McGrath, 4. Ambrose, 5. Murali

  • POSTED BY featurewriter on | June 20, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    Easily one of my favourite cricketers of the modern era. I was fortunate enough to watch him bat a lot at the Gabba over the years. I'll miss the sweet sound of the leather being finessed off the willow and gliding its way down to the boundary fence. And what a noble post-career profession: raising awareness and funds for kids with cancer. Great cricketer - but I think he's about to become an even greater philanthropist.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    One of the great players of our time. I hope the English fans give him the send off he deserves. What made him great was the fact that when he came out to bat we all felt "oh no, not Ponting". A great fighter, brilliant stroke maker, especially square of the wicket, and a great captain, he will be missed. An Aussie of the old school. And I am an Englishmam.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 25, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    @ blackie on (June 22, 2013, 19:24 GMT) The 4 modern day cricketer- agree but I want to add one more unsung legend ie Shivy Chanderpaul. IMO Shivy is better than Lara.

  • POSTED BY OneEyedAussie on | June 22, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    In my mind there are two Pontings. One played from 1996-2007/8 and was an unstoppable run machine that was the heart of Australian cricket domination. He was one of the greatest captains of limited overs cricket. And then there is 2007/8 until his retirement - the time in which his batting declined from dominating to the occasional still brilliant innings. There was also his failures as a captain in the test arena - such as his mismanagement players like Johnson and his embarrassing temper tantrums.

    Good luck to you Punter! I like to dwell on your great years and forget the bad ones.

  • POSTED BY blackie on | June 22, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    +NE of the greats of the modern game for sure. Hated when he played against Windies. One of the great modern 4 of Tendulkar, Lara and Kallis .

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Love your aggression, love your field placements, love your never say die attitude, and love your pull shots! Will always hate you for tormenting the Indians esp the 03 world cup. Thanks for the entertainment!

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    North Melbourne???? Come on Punter, go for Tigers!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    not one of the great batsmen,but rather I think THE GREAT.world of cricket salutes u for ur commanding batting skills, and ur great captaincy.

  • POSTED BY YAYAVAR on | June 21, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    The world of cricket will miss the batting of Ponting. He truly meant business when leading Australia on field. It will be years before we would see the likes of Ponting. I wish him all the best in his new adventure.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    This will be a huge loss to the world cricket...such a talented player!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Great player, wish u all the best in ur future. Seeing the number of times he destroyed us, especially in Australia and ODI's, I hated him so much. But I loved watching him bat and an amazing fielder - the best and most versatile fielder I have seen (sorry I haven't seen Jonty). He is perhaps the only one I remember that was equally outstanding in the covers-point region as well as the slips, whose remarkably accurate throws were as good as his catching and ground fielding. His fielding and his pull shot are the two things I will remember him greatly for. Ricky I salute u.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | June 21, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan and Punter is probably the best cricketer I've ever seen. I disliked his arrogance against Sri Lankan teams over the years purely because I love SL Cricket. However admiring him as an ardent cricket fan was always there with me. In his peak, no bowler on the planet could dislodge his wicket and he was destructive yet elegant in stoke making. His pull shot is probably the best to ever played by a batsman. That pull shot was a treat to the eyes! To me, he's the greatest Cricketer ever to walk on this planet! We will surely miss you Mr.Ponting! All the v.best to you for your future with your family!

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | June 21, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Punter, Just one last hurrah please. I know that it's asking a lot but, please keep Surrey up.

  • POSTED BY it_happened_last_in_2001. on | June 21, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    A great player. The curtain started to fall for him the day Warne & McGrath walked off the SCG for the last time. He should have probably retired after Flintoff ran him out, but i think he imagined himself as the highest run scorer in Test history. His gradual decline has mirrored that of the Aussies as a cricketing nation. As well as celebrating one of the greats aussie fans need to ask where's the next Ricky coming from? I can't see anyone in the queue.

  • POSTED BY Yaswanth.Ram on | June 21, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Australian cricket id dead with this.

  • POSTED BY othello22 on | June 21, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Good onya Punt, looking forward to reading your book when it comes out in October. Thanks for all the memories.

  • POSTED BY Ria_meow on | June 21, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Ponting might totally disappearfrom international cricket given he cant commentate... unless he takes a coaching / mentoring role in IPL etc. Would like to see him around..

  • POSTED BY deathstar01 on | June 21, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    The best cricketer of our time because of his batting + captaincy. Respect. Two thumbs up. No one ever will match you.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 21, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    COME ON PONTING AND HUSSEY OZ need you one last time for the ASHES!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    And while this is happening, only Chanderpaul of same age, and debuting around the same time, refuses to retire from any form of cricket. Well unless forced to. Wait a minute, there is some other aged dude in India who is as obdurate right?

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    good bye punter . thanks for the memories

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    In India, we will miss your early morning brilliance. How many times we have woken up seeing your brilliance during the Australian summer? The very thought of not seeing Punter bat once again in the mornings will make lot of poeple like me sleep well. Miss u Ponting and thx for everything

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | June 21, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    I did not like the attitude of Ponting, HOWEVER, i must say he was a fantastic player and a huge adversary to those playing against him. A fantastic fielder and one of the best batsmen I have seen. Good luck to him in his future from a Sri Lankan...

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Beating Australia in the Ashes this summer just won't be as good without you.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | June 21, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Good luck in obscurity Punter. From one Aussie that won't miss you one little bit.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Mr pointing for me ur no 1 ur class and ur shots captaincy fielding no one can match u, tendulkar also may have records but he can't touch ur class and standard tht u set for urself, ur the best pointing...i will miss the best ever pull shot from Greatest Pointing....All the very best for future. we want to see u in ICC for development of cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 21, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    best of luck punter... you are one of the modern greats of cricket! live long and prosper!!

  • POSTED BY Samar_Singh on | June 21, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    The very very best batsman, captain and the most dominating player of the modern era. No player have won more matches than Punter did. A genuine fighter. Good day.

  • POSTED BY Sarthik on | June 21, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Thank you for a life time of achievements, Punter. After all, cricket's second best after the Master.

  • POSTED BY sharidas on | June 21, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    I am sure we will see a lot more of Ponting in the coaching side of Cricket very soon ! All the best to Ricky !

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | June 21, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    The whole cricketing world will miss you, Ricky! Hope your innings of life after cricket is as fulfilling and productive for you and for aspiring cricketers as your innings while you played cricket. God bless! From a US-based Indian team supporter.

  • POSTED BY ishud on | June 21, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Cricket's gonna be over for me in October 2013! Love u Punter! & thank u for the entertainment u brought to the cricket fans world over. Will never forget ur beautiful shots!

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    There is nothing much to say about him but there wouldn't be any (best pull shot of the cricket) before or after punter. Hopefully, you would be around in the administration to see off cricket goes all over the world.

  • POSTED BY on | June 21, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Let me express thanks to Mr. Ricky Ponting for the many innings that I have had the privilege of watching him play! Quite honesty, there were times that I hoped he would not be available for Australia! He makes so many runs! But nothing should hinder us from wishing him well in his future endeavours! May God richly Bless your family and you! Amen

  • POSTED BY Addu01 on | June 20, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Great player, always loved watching him play. Personally I consider Ponting to be better than Sachin Tendulkar (not to say Sachin is not great player) because Ponting has led the team and performed at the same time which is not an easy task to do....

  • POSTED BY Dan9999 on | June 20, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Shame he didn't try and go for the 100 centuries... not TOO unrealistic. The most dominant batsman of his generation without a doubt, can't imagine wanting anyone else in history walking in at 1 down when he was in his pomp

  • POSTED BY alstar2281 on | June 20, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    More time on the Golf course then. US Masters 2014 anyone?

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    Ponting is one of the very very best ever. Best player of spin since Viv Richards. In his pomp, he was the most exhilarating player of his generation. I will never forget how he hooked and pulled even the quickest bowlers. Australia's AT # 2 after Don Bradman.

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | June 20, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    I was expecting a recall to Australia, their batting cant get any worse and the Ashes isn't going to be that great.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | June 20, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Simply the best since Bradman. No one comes close. A real team player and always performs when it counts.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    more than just the modern era, under all conditions and against all opposition and batting at 3 "anywhere" in the world, daylight second, both Lara and Tendulkar had places where they weren't so dominant,

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 20, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    What a shame! I was looking forward to seeing one of my favourite players ever play in the upcoming Ashes (despite what Inverarity says) due to an SOS call-up...

  • POSTED BY EdGreen on | June 20, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    He'll be sadly missed and fondly remembered - hope to see him score a fair few for surrey first!

  • POSTED BY khansa06 on | June 20, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Kallis, Mahela, Sanga......and then torch passes to the next generation of greats.

    See any in the horizon ?Cook ?Kohli ???Dhawan. Not a lot in sight. Any one I missed?

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    There is nothing i can say that has not already been said. So i guess i will just say that you, Ricky, will be sorely missed by the game of cricket and you will forever be up there with the greats of the game.

  • POSTED BY cloudmess on | June 20, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    It's sad to another great from my generation retire. As an England supporter, I remember watching the nightly Ashes highlights 2006-7 and recall the regular agony of seeing Punter strike another hapless English bowler for a beautiful straight drive. I agree with Vilander - it's such a shame we did not see Tendulkar and Ponting open together in their prime, but even in 2013 it was still a spine-tingling sight, as much for what is symbolised - the twilight of two Gods.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | June 20, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Ponting please come and groom the kids of Pakistan. I am not going to ask and coach the senior team or any club/domestic team because it is too late for them to learn anything now. 10-15 is the age where the base is created.

  • POSTED BY Pyketts on | June 20, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    A true great of the modern era who had the complete batting game with nearly all the shots in his locker. He could also change his gameplan when needed and appeared at ease either on attack or defense.

    He is part of what made the modern Ashes great, a true competitor (and from I understand a class act off the pitch) who wiill truely be missed. If Australia don't want him as part of their coaching set-up I think England should be asking the question.

    The third best batsman I've seen in my life (behind Tendulkar and Lara) but to be honest the sight of him coming out to bat against us filled me with more dread than both of the other greats.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | June 20, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    true legend, loved the way he gelled with MI players...Pondulkar was a dream too bad they never played for the same team in their prime,DK has shades of Ponting in him when he bats now...such is Pontings impact. # respect

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | June 20, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Good batsman but falls a bit short of greatness because he never faced serious bowling during his run accumulating years. When quick bowlers surfaced again, his weaknesses against them showed up. His last 5 years were uneventful and only left people crying for his retirement. A decent player who made most of the best of times with the Aussie greats. Cannot imagine him playing Shoaib Akhthar, Dale steyn and Morne morkel. He could not even play an Ishant sharma. Quite over rated. Ask Anderson and Flintoff. So many bowlers to ask, actually. Anyway bye bye old fella. Your luck ran long.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | June 20, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Well played Punter. A legend of the modern era ! Respect.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    All the best Ponting! You are such a legend

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 20, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Legend, always feel great watching him. Probably the best cutter and puller I have seen. Stood out a mile as the best Aussie batsmen since Bradman.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 20, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Great one

  • POSTED BY Barnesy4444 on | June 20, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    We are talking about the end for Ponting, but he is only 38. He is only just coming into his mid-life crisis now! A good batting coach for the Australian team would be useful.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 20, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    @ Kennyatta Chery on (June 20, 2013, 16:49 GMT) Fella Change your thoughts. A retired cricketer specially a legendary cricketer is having lust with cricket, So, after their international retirement they engage themselves in County cricket, club cricket or domestic cricket. Everyone need money to survive and in IPL they get both their passion towards cric and money, nothing to feel embarrassing. some joins commentary, umpiring, but summary is they belongs to cricket with different roles.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | June 20, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Yes he was arrogant and rude. yes he was having mean and win-at-all-cost attitude. but what he did not possess was lack of commitment and effort. One of the best cricketers ever, Ricky Ponting

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | June 20, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    What a champion. He confounded his critics in the international game, fought his was back to the top and left us begging for his return. Now he's had a little Indian summer for Tasmania, Mumbai and Surrey and is going out in style.

    Welcome to Batmania, Ricky - Melbourne was founded by Launcestonians in 1835, and we can accommodate another, no problem.

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | June 20, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    He lived a fantastic life.

  • POSTED BY nilanka.mahesh on | June 20, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    i saw him debute and retired......... outstanding cricketer

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | June 20, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Au revoir Ricky, thanks for the memories and the laughs. Best of luck in retirement. I hear retiring in your 30's is a really stressful time..

  • POSTED BY whoster on | June 20, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    He's not the player he was, but still a very fine batsman who'd walk into most Test sides. I must try and catch a championship match with Surrey so I can watch a true legend before he hangs up his bat. Once or twice he was out of order discipline-wise, but other than that, a fantastic ambassador for cricket, and he'll go down as a true great.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | June 20, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Respect to Punter! He knows that he's going out while he can still put together a proper score (witness his debut for Surrey last month: 192 run out), unlike some others. He has been a formidable opponent, even if he's been the captain who's surrendered the Ashes more than any other (to the best of my knowledge). It would be great if he could sign off for Surrey with another ton or three. All the best for the future & hoping you enjoy your life beyond professional cricket -- & thank you for gracing our game. England supporters will always hold you in special affection ;-)

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    what a great player - Thank You Ponting.

  • POSTED BY Alexianl on | June 20, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Really.....A GREAT ....GREAT......batsman of my......era. Wish U all the best for the rest of your life. Sachin and Ricky are Legends. God bless both....Love U.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 20, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Pointing was great, but he allowed money to spoil his legendary work with this T/20. This year's IPL signing was so embarrassing.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 20, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    one of the best player in the history of cricket, we are gonna miss u punter love uuu

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | June 20, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Having seen him for Surrey is still a very fine batsman way above most others.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 20, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Grt player salute by heart miss u punter .....!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    legend..i had the greatest pleasure of meeting him in sydney and taking his autograph. after sachin, he is the greatest btsmen of all times in modern era...

  • POSTED BY Hassan_U on | June 20, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Punter to were the best of your generation. Wish you all the best in the future.

    A True legend and one of my favourite Aussie player. Good Bye Sir .

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    will miss u badly champ ...

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | June 20, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Basically, Ponting has played his last match. He will not be opening for MI, just the way in IPL.

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | June 20, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    should have retired in 2009 before his legacy was tarnished

  • POSTED BY Jimmers on | June 20, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Shame he's going out playing wretched T20s, but still can't take away from what he's done in REAL cricket - utter legend

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 20, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    He is a legend its a Universal Truth. Yes earlier he said that I'll retire after Ashes'13 but due to the poor performance against SA and he is in soo much pressure by Clarke. After a tremendous in Shield cricket his doors were closed by Clarke. Katich, Hussey retirement speaks all, Johnson, Haddin (after Ashes he'll retire, VC is farewell gift), Watson (He is also in retirement pressure due some poor performance), Hauritz, Paine, Marsh are in the que of retirement. All are the victim of Clarke's senior axing policy.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 20, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    the hero of all time

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 20, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Dear punter

    Have a great retired life You are a legend

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | June 20, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    One of the best....best of luck ricky on your future endeavors

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 20, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    He is one of formidible batsmen..

  • POSTED BY xylo on | June 20, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Given that Champions League is not cricket, I consider him to have retired already.

  • POSTED BY jaymuk on | June 20, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    only he can pull on front foot .. greatest batsman of modern age .. quite right ..

  • POSTED BY nainil0683 on | June 20, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    A true legend, a world class player, a true champion and a great captain. The best thing about his batting is his approach to play the ball; the foot movement and the flourish that follows. Have been a privilege to watch him bat all these years. Hope he gets a sendoff he deserves.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 20, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Legend... Best one Since Don...!!!

  • POSTED BY nathangonmad on | June 20, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Actually quite surprised, thought he would go on until 100 first class 100s

  • POSTED BY SachBro on | June 20, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    The big question is, will he be picked in the playing 11???

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 20, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Ricky should retire after ashes...

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Bring him back for the Ashes one last time...

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Great batsman........One of the greatest batsman since the likes of Bradman and Ponsford..........

  • POSTED BY vaidhyanathan8460 on | June 20, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    so bad, lets hope he would get a good sendoff in CLt20

  • POSTED BY vaidhyanathan8460 on | June 20, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    so bad, lets hope he would get a good sendoff in CLt20

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Great batsman........One of the greatest batsman since the likes of Bradman and Ponsford..........

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Bring him back for the Ashes one last time...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 20, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Ricky should retire after ashes...

  • POSTED BY SachBro on | June 20, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    The big question is, will he be picked in the playing 11???

  • POSTED BY nathangonmad on | June 20, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Actually quite surprised, thought he would go on until 100 first class 100s

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 20, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Legend... Best one Since Don...!!!

  • POSTED BY nainil0683 on | June 20, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    A true legend, a world class player, a true champion and a great captain. The best thing about his batting is his approach to play the ball; the foot movement and the flourish that follows. Have been a privilege to watch him bat all these years. Hope he gets a sendoff he deserves.

  • POSTED BY jaymuk on | June 20, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    only he can pull on front foot .. greatest batsman of modern age .. quite right ..

  • POSTED BY xylo on | June 20, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Given that Champions League is not cricket, I consider him to have retired already.