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Ponting accepts 'responsibility' for TV incident

Brydon Coverdale

February 24, 2011

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Ricky Ponting puts on his helmet during a net session, Ahmedabad, World Cup 2011, February 19, 2011
Ricky Ponting has accepted that he did "overstep" the line with his reaction in the dressing room © Getty Images
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Ricky Ponting has accepted that he crossed the line with his dressing-room reaction to being run out against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad on Monday, but is keen to put the incident behind him. Ponting was reprimanded by the ICC for breaking the Code of Conduct when he threw his groin protector at his kit bag and it bounced up to damage a television, and he said he wished he could take his actions back.

"I think there's a limit [to how much] you can let off steam in a dressing room," Ponting said. "It is a pretty sacred sort of place, an international cricket team dressing room, but there's a line that you can't overstep and when some equipment is damaged in the change room then I accept the responsibility for that happening the other day, albeit by total accident and with no malice involved in it whatsoever. What's happened has happened. I'd like to be able to take it back but I can't. Now we've just got to move on."

The TV incident emerged on the morning after Australia's 91-run victory, but the initial reports in local newspapers incorrectly suggested that an angry Ponting had smashed the set with his bat. Given that Ponting was not even fined for the level one offence, it was not surprising that by Thursday in Nagpur, all he wanted to do was concentrate on the next day's match against New Zealand.

"It was hit by my box that I'd thrown down into my cricket kit," he said. "[There was] some small damage to the TV set; I went and reported it to the team manager straight away, and let him know what had happened. They replaced the television set there and then.

"Some of the stories I've been hearing the last couple of days have been a little bit different than what the list of events actually were. Hopefully by the end of today we can put this all behind us and start worrying about a big game of cricket that's going to take place tomorrow."

The Ahmedabad game was Ponting's 40th World Cup match, making him the most-capped player in the tournament's history. Ponting is yet to lose a World Cup game as captain. If Australia do win against New Zealand in Nagpur it will be Ponting's 24th victory as a World Cup captain.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (February 27, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

Why compare Sachin and Ponting? Ponting is a cricketer with balls...unlike Sachin who's a selfish run colletor.

Posted by Reggaecricket on (February 25, 2011, 3:35 GMT)

I have never been a Ponting fan, but this is just too ridiculous! Why are Cricketers lives regimented so much? They bring us armchair critics much joy and imho we should cut them more slack.

Posted by Amar_bw on (February 25, 2011, 2:32 GMT)

@zn264 - How many TVs that would be.

Posted by   on (February 25, 2011, 0:54 GMT)

@IndigoRavisher... you need not say more. But Ponting has won more cups than Sachin can even dream of. And more over, Ponting has played good in most of the finals to take his team home, and not get out. So please do not compare them. They both play for different cause!

Posted by brisCricFan on (February 25, 2011, 0:14 GMT)

@bigwonder - some other captains might END his record in this WC but none will BEAT his record... it would take 3 consecutive WC's undefeated to do that... can't be done in one.

Posted by zn264 on (February 24, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

Let's hope NZ run him out without facing a ball! How sweeeeeet would that be.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2011, 16:42 GMT)

well right now my only point of interest is can the kiwis deafaet aussies and retain the cappel hadlee trophy which is at stake in nagpur

Posted by   on (February 24, 2011, 15:53 GMT)

guys common its fine in cricket matches sometimes it does happen and it understandable that ponting was upset and it happened at a fit of rage.I feel media is blowing this issue out of proportion.Though am not a big fan of ponting however i dont think he is some Criminal like how some off our hindi news channels are potraying him to be

Posted by bigwonder on (February 24, 2011, 15:25 GMT)

As we all know, there a big cultural difference between the Auzzie and Indians. I bet that during this world cup at least three teams will break Pointing unbeaten captain record. I am writing them off - no ifs and buts.

Posted by avis1001 on (February 24, 2011, 15:05 GMT)

This shows the frustration and which is not a good sign - not sure if he can continue his winning streak.

Posted by avis1001 on (February 24, 2011, 14:53 GMT)

This shows the frustration and which is not a good sign - not sure if he can continue his winning streak.

Posted by SumitRavi on (February 24, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

Ironic isn't it? When Sachin gets run out...He says to sehwag "Think about the team's victory and nothing else". When Ponting runs himself out,, he breaks a TV! Need I say more?

Posted by paulf on (February 24, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

Ponting gets away with murder! He barges into the bowler who has just dismissed him and the bowler is charged and told that he must give Ponting his space'!! Now he damages equipment and is only reprimanded.Millions of viewers saw how he reacted to his dismissal in the match against Zimbabwe. Yet all he has to do is to say he is sorry.

Is there a level playing field?

Posted by Jim1207 on (February 24, 2011, 14:10 GMT)

If the protector has to survive a ball seaming at 140kmph, then it has to be pretty solid to be able to harm a TV set, that doesn't surprise me. The question of who did this act doesn't surprise me either. The slight reprimand given to the person by the ICC even though he has breached level 1 offence repeatedly in last 12 months also doesn't surprise me.

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 24, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

this is pathetic ofthe bcc to complain about this...its a silly thing that occured in the privavcy of the changing room and should not have even made the press...

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 24, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

Uhh guys, it's very easy to damage an LCD. Try punching your monitor reasonably firmly on one corner and see what happens.

Posted by youfoundme on (February 24, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

The media is a making a big deal out of nothing, I mean so what if he got a bit angry and damaged a TV. At the end of the day he is still human, and there are other things in life that we should be worrying about. Like how bad Kallis's new hair-do is...

Posted by zephyrboss on (February 24, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

Wow! Ponting's box has gotta be made of some kinda cork to be so bouncy and yet so hard. Or has he developed some new wonder material??

Posted by RahulHariharan on (February 24, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

Punter apologises and this is closed...leave it back and hit back in style with your bat at the critics Punter.....All the best ....Waiting to see the Ponting we all known when u where hitting centuries after centuries....

Posted by _Australian_ on (February 24, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

This does not surprise me. I threw my box in a dressing room rant and it bounced up and broke a window.

Posted by SagirParkar on (February 24, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

who is he kidding ??? a groin box/protector when thrown at a modern day TV directly barely scratches it, let alone damage it... the force of the impact is even less if it has ricocheted off a kit bag or any other object.. i wonder what's wrong in admitting a mistake as it is.. apologies accordingly and move on.. there is no reason to downplay the incident... please grow up Mr Ponting...

Posted by alby1983 on (February 24, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

He threw his box into his cricket bag and it bounced and hit a tv set and managed to do serious damage?? Hmmm... I know he's got a good arm but unless that tv set is basically at ground level that's a little hard to believe Mr Ponting.

Posted by boris6491 on (February 24, 2011, 11:33 GMT)

Not impressed at all with Ponting's antics but I must say, equally not impressed with the Indian media who seem to be finding any way they can to have a go at Ponting. Time to just move on with a big game coming up on Friday.

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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