The cocking of the wrist, the timing, and the ability to pull the ball off the front foot were the distinctive features of Ponting's batting
33 THE DROUGHT

2012 - After going two years and 33 innings without a Test hundred, Ponting finally ends that drought with a knock of 134 against India in Sydney.

100 THE WINNER

2011 - With Australia's 125-run victory in Galle was Ponting's became the first cricketer to be a part of a staggering 100 test wins.

11174 THE RECORD

2009 - Passes Allan Border's tally of 11,174 during the Edgbaston Test to become Australia's highest run-scorer.

5-0 CLEAN SWEEP

2007 - Is named man of the series as Australia regain the Ashes with a 5-0 whitewash for the first time in 86 years.

207 THE ILLUSTRIOUS

2005 - Scores 207 against Pakistan in Sydney to become only the third Australian to score four or more double-centuries in Tests.

3-0 THE HEIR

2003 - Takes over the Test captaincy after Steve Waugh retires. Leads Australia to a 3-0 victory in Sri Lanka, his first assignment.

3x200 THE RUN MACHINE

2003 - Joins Don Bradman as the second player to score three double-centuries in a calendar year, with 2 against India and one against West Indies.

206 DOUBLE DELIGHT

2003 - Scores his first double century in Test cricket with a 206 against the West Indies in the second test of the Frank-Worrell trophy.

342 DOMINATION

2001 - Plays a key role in whitewashing Pakistan on neutral territory making 342 runs at an average of 85.50 with two centuries.

253 THE NEGOTIATOR

1999 - Scores 253 runs in the 3-Test series against Sri Lanka tackling Muralitharan better than more seasoned batsmen in the team. Is named Man of the series.

96 LUCKLESS DEBUT

1995 - Makes Test debut against Sri Lanka at the WACA and is unlucky to be given out lbw on 96.

127 THE COMEBACK

1997 - After being dropped briefly, scores his maiden Test century batting at no. 6 at Headingley.

33 THE DROUGHT

2012 - After going two years and 33 innings without a Test hundred, Ponting finally ends that drought with a knock of 134 against India in Sydney.

100 THE WINNER

2011 - With Australia's 125-run victory in Galle was Ponting's became the first cricketer to be a part of a staggering 100 test wins.

11174 THE RECORD

2009 - Passes Allan Border's tally of 11,174 during the Edgbaston Test to become Australia's highest run-scorer.

5-0 CLEAN SWEEP

2007 - Is named man of the series as Australia regain the Ashes with a 5-0 whitewash for the first time in 86 years.

207 THE ILLUSTRIOUS

2005 - Scores 207 against Pakistan in Sydney to become only the third Australian to score four or more double-centuries in Tests.

3-0 THE HEIR

2003 - Takes over the Test captaincy after Steve Waugh retires. Leads Australia to a 3-0 victory in Sri Lanka, his first assignment.

3x200 THE RUN MACHINE

2003 - Joins Don Bradman as the second player to score three double-centuries in a calendar year, with 2 against India and one against West Indies.

206 DOUBLE DELIGHT

2003 - Scores his first double century in Test cricket with a 206 against the West Indies in the second test of the Frank-Worrell trophy.

342 DOMINATION

2001 - Plays a key role in whitewashing Pakistan on neutral territory making 342 runs at an average of 85.50 with two centuries.

253 THE NEGOTIATOR

1999 - Scores 253 runs in the 3-Test series against Sri Lanka tackling Muralitharan better than more seasoned batsmen in the team. Is named Man of the series.

96 LUCKLESS DEBUT

1995 - Makes Test debut against Sri Lanka at the WACA and is unlucky to be given out lbw on 96.

127 THE COMEBACK

1997 - After being dropped briefly, scores his maiden Test century batting at no. 6 at Headingley.


33 THE DROUGHT

2012 - After going two years and 33 innings without a Test hundred, Ponting finally ends that drought with a knock of 134 against India in Sydney.

100 THE WINNER

2011 - With Australia's 125-run victory in Galle was Ponting's became the first cricketer to be a part of a staggering 100 test wins.

11174 THE RECORD

2009 - Passes Allan Border's tally of 11,174 during the Edgbaston Test to become Australia's highest run-scorer.

5-0 CLEAN SWEEP

2007 - Is named man of the series as Australia regain the Ashes with a 5-0 whitewash for the first time in 86 years.

207 THE ILLUSTRIOUS

2005 - Scores 207 against Pakistan in Sydney to become only the third Australian to score four or more double-centuries in Tests.

3-0 THE HEIR

2003 - Takes over the Test captaincy after Steve Waugh retires. Leads Australia to a 3-0 victory in Sri Lanka, his first assignment.

3x200 THE RUN MACHINE

2003 - Joins Don Bradman as the second player to score three double-centuries in a calendar year, with 2 against India and one against West Indies.

206 DOUBLE DELIGHT

2003 - Scores his first double century in Test cricket with a 206 against the West Indies in the second test of the Frank-Worrell trophy.

342 DOMINATION

2001 - Plays a key role in whitewashing Pakistan on neutral territory making 342 runs at an average of 85.50 with two centuries.

253 THE NEGOTIATOR

1999 - Scores 253 runs in the 3-Test series against Sri Lanka tackling Muralitharan better than more seasoned batsmen in the team. Is named Man of the series.

96 LUCKLESS DEBUT

1995 - Makes Test debut against Sri Lanka at the WACA and is unlucky to be given out lbw on 96.

127 THE COMEBACK

1997 - After being dropped briefly, scores his maiden Test century batting at no. 6 at Headingley.


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Posted by on (October 31, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

@Surr Mamoodi. I am a big fan of Younis myself. I am from India. However, the criteria here seems to be performance on all conditions. Younis has scored only 4 centuries outside the subcontinent. - 1 in Leeds, England, 1 in Auckland, New Zealand, 1 in Capetown, South Africa and 1 in Kingston, WI. VVS Laxman has scored 4 centuries in Australia alone. Viru Sehwag has scored centuries in South Africa, Australia, England, West Indies, and New Zealand. Plus remember he used to face the new ball since he was the opener. A test opener scoring so many runs in all these conditions, and that too in such an audacious manner is something special indeed. Plus remember, he has also scored 2 triple hundreds and that too in breakneck speed. However, it is to Younis's credit that he has performed so admirably, even in a team environ that does not always seem united. That shows his mental resolve. Just imagine what would have been his performance had been playing for some other team.

Posted by harkmug on (October 30, 2014, 22:32 GMT)

@SurrMamoodion - hold your horses, Inzy the Great is coming soon. Look closely at the montage of players at the start of the program to see who the "modern masters" are. Half the list would be Pakistanis if this was a bowling list. So relax.

Posted by ruddy08 on (October 30, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

Lol, for those who say it is biased, it obviously is, he said it is his personal opinion din't he? Also this is a list of batsmen, so you should not expect Waqar and Wasim, if he were choosing bowlers, I doubt he would even think of leaving them. And averages don't always make the greatest, as I believe Inzamam was a far better player than Younis and Yousuf. Plus Sehwag changed how a batsmen played as an opener, he was a game changer just like Gilchrist was lower down the order. Anyways, my guess is the 13th would be Steve Waugh and 14th would be Lara. The 12th should be between Jayawardane and Inzamam.

Posted by on (October 30, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

just do lara already thats what we all have been waiting for

Posted by on (October 30, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

I am amazed on the selection criteria of the so called "Modern Masters" in general and of selection of likes of V. Sehwag and Laxman. This biased panel of Indian cricketers have not included even a single Pakistani player. look at avg. of Younis Khan and compare it with Sehwag and Laxman - no comparison.

Posted by on (October 30, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

The Best Captain ever in the modern era

Posted by Suicide-Note on (October 30, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

The legend. Temperamentally best batsman I have ever seen.

Posted by kalyan516 on (October 30, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

It is not fair to compare player even if they are of same era. But Ponting leaves everyone behind with his multi talent. Any ideal all timeXI should have Ricky. Hayden, Sehwag/Smith, Ponting(C), Lara, Kallis, Dravid, Gilchrist, Warne, Muralidharan, Mcgrath, Wasim

Posted by Romanticstud on (October 30, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

One of the great cricketers of all time ... Captain ... Fielder and Batsman ... He and Jacques Kallis had similar time spans ... If you had to pick the Test side for the decade 2000 - 2009 you would have to have Hayden, G Smith, Ponting(Captain), Kallis, Tendulkar, Laxman, Pollock, Gilchrist(wicketkeeper), Muralitheran, Kumble, McGrath.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (October 30, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

Ricky Thomas Ponting - Enough said.