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In the very next game, at Eden Park, Auckland, Ponting played an exhilarating knock of 50 off 35 balls to become the first batsman to post 50 fifties as captain.
Ponting's aggregate of 8095 at an average of 44.23 in 214 games in charge includes 21 hundreds and 50 fifties - both are records as captain. His average is also the best among the captains with 3000 runs or more in ODIs. South Africa's Graeme Smith is the only other captain to have averaged 40-plus - 4749 (ave.40.58) in 127 ODIs.
|Batsman||ODIs||Runs||Average||100s/ 50s||Strike rate|
|Ricky Ponting||214||8095||44.23||21/ 50||84.17|
|Stephen Fleming||218||6295||32.78||7/ 38||70.84|
|Arjuna Ranatunga||193||5608||37.63||4/ 37||77.98|
|Mohammad Azharuddin||174||5239||39.39||4/ 37||78.46|
|Sourav Ganguly||147||5104||38.66||11/ 30||76.20|
Ponting is one of only two batsmen in the history of ODIs to have amassed 10,000 runs in winning causes, accomplishing the feat during his innings of 61 off 55 balls against West Indies in the fifth ODI at the MCG on February 19. He has scored 10,158 at an average of 50.28, including 25 hundreds and 65 fifties, in 244 matches. Only Sachin Tendulkar has aggregated more runs than Ponting for winning causes - 10,737 (ave.58.03), including 33 hundreds and 56 fifties, in 222 matches.
Ponting has been lucky to have played in exceptional teams almost throughout, which explains why almost 79% of his runs have come in wins, compared with just 61% for Tendulkar. But among those with at least 7000 runs in wins, one batsman has a higher percentage than Ponting: Adam Gilchrist has scored 79.60% of runs in wins. Ponting is followed by Kallis (68.52), Jayasuriya (66.07), Inzamam-ul-Haq (63.32) and Tendulkar (61.01).
|Batsman||Wins - ODIs||Runs||Average||Strike rate||Total runs||% runs in wins|
With a 3-2 series win over New Zealand, Ponting now enjoys a success % of 77.83 (Played: 214, Won: 157, Lost: 44, NR: 11 & Tied: 2) - the best amongst captains with 75 or more ODIs as captain, eclipsing West Indian, Clive Lloyd's success % of 77.71 (Played: 84, Won: 64, Lost: 18, NR: 1 & Tied 1).
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