March 23, 2010

Ponting piles on the records

Rajesh Kumar

Ricky Ponting is only the second batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs in wins © Getty Images
Ricky Ponting might have had a slight dip in form last year, but the milestones still keep rolling for him. During the course of his 69 off 71 balls in the third ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton, Ponting became the first player to complete 8000 runs as captain in ODIs.

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.

Captains with 5000 or more runs in 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).

Highest percentage of runs in wins (Qual: 7000 runs in wins)
Batsman Wins - ODIs Runs Average Strike rate Total runs % runs in wins
Adam Gilchrist 202 7657 41.16 99.33 9619 79.60
Ricky Ponting 244 10,158 50.28 82.86 12,895 78.77
Jacques Kallis 188 7273 53.47 75.06 10,613 68.52
Sanath Jayasuriya 233 8873 41.26 96.58 13,428 66.07
Inzamam-ul-Haq 215 7434 51.26 79.04 11,739 63.32
Sachin Tendulkar 222 10,737 58.03 90.66 17,598 61.01

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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Posted by Ron on (March 28, 2010, 3:05 GMT)

ted, ponting may perhaps be a better captain than tendulkar and lara. but to extrapolate that to mean he is therefore batsman is a convolution of logic. tendulkar and lara just have that x factor which no other batsman of the generation (ponting included) have had.

Posted by GD on (March 27, 2010, 9:42 GMT)

@ted, you miss the fact that Tendulkar and Lara played with the pressures of being CRICKETING MESSIAHS for their nations...the crowds came / come to see them, viewers turn on their TVs for them, and the press hype up expectations all the time (and then write theses if there are blips in form). Ponting has never faced that kind of expectation. In fact, seniority / captaincy turned Ponting more responsible. He wasn't performing better as non-skipper. Plus, on turning tracks, he simply has never been in the same league as the 2 Masters from India and T&T. That being said, Ponting still remains an undisputed 'great.'

Posted by S.Bin on (March 27, 2010, 2:40 GMT)

What I found more eye popping was Tendulkar's stats in wins. 10737 @ 58, with a SR of 91 ?! You kidding me?!

Posted by ted on (March 27, 2010, 1:40 GMT)

This would illustrate my opinion why Ponting is better than Tendulkar and Lara, for he captains as well as bats, and his stats are as good if not better.

Posted by boll on (March 26, 2010, 17:20 GMT)

Yep, once again not only well researched, but well written - rare to find both in the same article.

Posted by Kersi Meher-Homji on (March 25, 2010, 0:22 GMT)

Excellent research, Rajesh. A great batsman needs a knowledgeable statistician. The two, Ponting and Rajesh Kumar, have combined brilliantly.

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