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Evergreen Tendulkar inspires Ponting

Brydon Coverdale in Ahmedabad

March 23, 2011

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Ricky Ponting bats in the nets on the eve of Australia's quarter-final against India, World Cup, Ahmedabad, March 23, 2011
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has drawn inspiration from Sachin Tendulkar as he looks to shrug off a slump in his form © Getty Images
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It was in Dunedin, of all places, that Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar first met in an international match. In the far south of New Zealand, two future legends lined up in an ODI; Ponting a 20-year-old who was in his third outing for his country, Tendulkar at 21 already a veteran of India's team, with 11 international centuries to his name. Great things were predicted for both men.

Sixteen years and 76 meetings later, Tendulkar and Ponting are the two leading run scorers in international cricket history, and they'll walk out on to the Motera ground in Ahmedabad, each hoping to end the other's World Cup career. There's every chance they will play again, when India tour Australia for a Test series later this year, but there's also the possibility this will be their final showdown. And their situations could hardly be more different.

Tendulkar turns 38 next month and is in the form of his career. He is the reigning ICC Cricketer of the Year, last year rewrote the record-books by making 200 in a one-day international, and is the No.1-ranked batsman in the ICC's Test rankings and No. 10 in the ODI section. Ponting, 36, is no longer in the top 20 of either list. He is fighting for his cricketing future, but has taken inspiration from the way Tendulkar has rejuvenated his career after a lean patch in 2005 and 2006.

"Sachin has had an amazing couple of years," Ponting said in the lead-up to Thursday's quarter-final. "His last 15 months now have been unbelievable. It's absolutely inspirational for everyone, it doesn't matter if you're my age or 25. If you go through a form slump, if you stick to the things that have worked for you through your career, then eventually things will turn around. That's what I've got to keep believing and keep working on."

Not since Valentine's Day 2010 has Ponting made an international century; in the same period, Tendulkar has scored eight, including two in this World Cup alone. But Ponting knows that a single innings, perhaps even the feeling that comes from nailing a single shot, can turn a man's form on its head, and as he prepared for the knockout game he was keen to watch some highlights of his brilliant 140 in the World Cup final of 2003.

"I think I might watch the video of that over a few times today, remind myself of all the good things," Ponting said on Wednesday. "That's what a lot of our players do, a lot of our players look at themselves and watch other times that they've played well, especially if you're struggling with the bat or the ball. It's good to look back and make sure things are in order. It certainly doesn't hurt to do that every now and then. For me, knowing that I've been able to perform well like that in big games in the past is something to reflect back on."

Australia's problem is that even if Ponting fires, they must still nullify the Tendulkar threat. Centuries against England and South Africa so far in this tournament have shown that Tendulkar is a big-game player as well, not that anyone needed reminding. Ponting joked that the way Tendulkar was going at the moment, he could even have another World Cup left in him.

"We'll both probably be in wheelchairs by then," he said. "He'll be about 42 and I'll be 40, so it'll be interesting to see us running between the wickets in that next World Cup."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 109 
Posted by   on (March 25, 2011, 20:56 GMT)

There is no comparison at all here. Even keeping the stats out there is no match for Sachin as a sporting great. Sheer performance isnt success always, substance is above all that. And Sachin is all about the second "S", the first "S" is the just an output.

Sachin...I seriously pray the team wins this world cup for you...not to say that you arent capable of doing it all by yourself too....just unleash the true Sachin in you...remember your debut and there wont be any looking back

Win or no win, you will always be well respected for all that you were...good luck :-)

Cheers !!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 22:07 GMT)

I heard a commentator say that great players in a form slump still accumulate runs because they fall back on a great technique in defence. Well Punter does not have a great defensinve technique, he has always been vulnerable early in an innings. I saw him play as a 17 year old when he just broke into the Tasie shield team. He cut and pulled as good as anybody in world cricket, he had a fabulous eye and was lightning quick. He needs to get back to basics and learn how to "grind" an innings, not just blast runs at a run a ball rate. I still think he has a few good years left in him, both as captain and batsman. Clarkey just isn't ready yet for the captaincy.

Posted by TheDonstillthebest on (March 24, 2011, 14:50 GMT)

As an Australian i always find it amusing the way Indians view their cricket, they seem more interested in one player than the team.... No offense yes Tendulkar is the superior batsman at the moment and will probably stay that way. Dont forget Ponting is the Captain of the team and has been for the previous two world cups we won. With a Captaincy comes pressure and responsibility if ponting was just a player as Sachin is you might find he is more more humble and gentle as you like to view Tendulkar. Your right Tendulkar has had a great career but he had a very shirt stint as captain and has tasted little success in tours of Australia and World Cups etc. Tendulkar will be remebered as a great batsman Ponting will be remebered as a 3 time maybe 4 time World cup winning player and captain who plays his best when it matters. All i can say is i hope for a great a game a will enjoy watching them equally apply there art.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

Ricky Ponting may hope and hope for ever to surpass Sachin, but one thing that Ponting will and can NEVER surpass is the HUMILITY and POLITENESS that Sachin has!! People like Federer and Sachin attain Legend status not just by piling records and milestones, but by their character and they will be remembered for centuries to come!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

how can a match winner like ponting be inspired by sachin???

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

Ricky Ponting may hope and hope for ever to surpass Sachin, but one thing that Ponting will and can NEVER surpass is the HUMILITY and POLITENESS that Sachin has!! People like Federer and Sachin attain Legend status not just by piling records and milestones, but by their character and they will be remembered for centuries to come!

Posted by bigwonder on (March 24, 2011, 12:45 GMT)

Sachin did inspire Punter today, look what he did? He got a century after a long time. Now only if he can follow Scahin's mindset of respecting on field players........

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 12:36 GMT)

Quite frankly most cricket fans outside of Asia see tendulkar as no more than a good bat, principally because he cannot deliver outside of Asia. His performance in Australia has been, well, gutless. Unlike ponting who has the guts and self confidence to bat well anywhere. All that with the responsibilities as captain. Tendulkar as captain, well enough said.

Posted by ashes61 on (March 24, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

"This has got to be the final" ...??? What a strange remark! At least 3 of the QF pairings would certainlly grace the final. The India-Aus game is one, but has no more claim to that tag than the others. There are 7 teams left, all with a great chance of winning the trophy. Nio single team stands out yet, but on present form SA are a little ahead of the others, with SL & PAK perhaps just behind them. But again - NO single team stands out ahead of the other six. Remember, although India still have 2nd ODI ranking, they qualified for the QF after beating only one other qualifier - the weakest. India are very vulnerable, despite HUGE home advantage. Australia are champions, & in better form since their Ashes defeat, but certainly don't stand out from the other 6. The equality among the 7 is remarkable, auguring well for excellent QFs & semis. The cricket won't suffer at all if India go out but WILL expose the relentless Indo-centric hype the rest of us are having to endure!

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

sachin is a legend ... he is a g8t player..

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 9:53 GMT)

I was amazed to see Ponting's comments towards the end.

"We'll both probably be in wheelchairs by then," he said. "He'll be about 42 and I'll be 40, so it'll be interesting to see us running between the wickets in that next World Cup."

Oh yeah, I'm sure Sachin can play that World Cup if he wanted to, but Ponting? It's a wonder he got to play this world cup. He should not day-dream about the next world cup. Maybe he'll just sit and watch from the sidelines, while Tendulkar, who will be tired to run between the wickets(as Ponting says), will just stick to scoring 4's and 6's.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 9:52 GMT)

Sachin's class have no match. Look at Ricky what he is doinng from last two or more years, just leading the team only, his batting is not even match to the TOP 10 in the world from last two years. Other hand Sachin at the other hand pailing up the RUNS and 100s in both form of the game. No doubt Sachin is far better than Ricky..

Posted by JonoY129 on (March 24, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

Fellas..for all the brilliance of your Indian team, Tendulkar included (he's amazing) you haven't dominated world cricket like Aus has for the past decade. Not just in world cups but in Test cricket as well, be No.1 for more than a moment before ripping into Ponting etc. Might want to show ponting a bit of respect, the innings he has played in IMPORTANT matches is second to none.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 8:50 GMT)

Big Match Big teams perfect contest INDIA will win

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

woh today is the mini final n i m much worried that who will win the win the match ....

Posted by Vibrant_Patel on (March 24, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

I always think that Ponting is a master of the Game...& he is.., but of late.. he is in great presure after some of the key players retires...!! After Retirement of Openners Gilly & Heydo.. Ponting is in a Great pressure to keep Aus batting together,which is the main reason for his failure..!! So, if Ponting leave captaincy aside like tendulkar did after his failures, years ago.., Ponting will be well concentrate on his batting.. & will be better for Aus. too...!!!

Why Sachin is Called Great of Cricket.. bcoz he don't have any ego to play under any player who is junior to him..!!

Good Luck INDIA...!!! I m not able 2 sleep tonight.. bcoz i can't wait 2 see how these 2 will gonna play today..!!! 90 more mins. to go..!!!

Looking Forward 2 Ind - Pak Semi..!!!

Posted by diri on (March 24, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

Sachin....Kallis....Lara....and then ponting

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

There is no doubt that Sachin a great player at any time. He is incomparable. He is a nice gentleman [person who never gets upset]. This is a his greatness which is not seen any sports. Ponting getting inspiration from Sachin is not a surprise. I also get that inspiration but I am a lousy cricketer.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 6:33 GMT)

I wont be surprised if Sachin plays next world cup. He is only doing better each year. And his game is changing to take care of his new limitations that come up because of his age.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 6:22 GMT)

my be you both have to play next world cup, it is good to see you.at 40 and 42.

Posted by rsrinath on (March 24, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

some good innings in the past does not not mean ponting is in the same level of the god of cricket.the reactions of both after nicking the ball in their respective games(against wi and pak) are a good example to support my point.

Posted by kangaroussy on (March 24, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

surely it's time punter... resign the captaincy, retire from ODIs, carry on for a couple of years in tests, prove your class but move down the order, be a batting mentor to players such as Callum Ferguson, Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith. You've been a great player: forget the stats, Ponting and SRT will always be mentioned in the same sentence. But surely the only thing that allowed Tendulkar to have his amazing run over the last couple of years was the freedom to just PLAY. Good luck to both these legends, in this match and for the remainder of their careers.

Posted by 3751 on (March 24, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

sachin is the god of cricket and no one argue with god

Posted by trambake.swapnil on (March 24, 2011, 5:31 GMT)

Sachin is god of cricket, and for indian fans

Posted by Rooboy on (March 24, 2011, 5:17 GMT)

Come on Punter!! Just one more matching innings from that blade of yours!! It's been a while and I'd sure love to hear silence from the doubters

Posted by anthrax27 on (March 24, 2011, 5:04 GMT)

There is Tendulkar, then there is daylight and then everybody else.

Posted by Bollo on (March 24, 2011, 4:20 GMT)

@anibhav re.`our little giant...the superhuman` bwahahahaha.Seriously, it`s embarrassing having to read this sort of stuff. He`s a great bat who walks once a decade...can we leave it at that?

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 3:48 GMT)

Ponting is always supported by great bowlers. His batting form is over shadowed by the bowler's awesome performance. He is great batsman no doubt, but not without bowlers support. Sachin, unfortunately, relies on second sting medicore Indian bowling. If and only if India had great bowlers along side Sachin, I am sure, he would have batted more freely and by this time, scored more centuries. Period.

Posted by BravoBravo on (March 24, 2011, 3:45 GMT)

Ponting is a match winner. THREE WC trophy under his belt. He may not have useless records and never played for lost cause. As a human being he may have less humility than SRT. But when you talk about ruling the cricket sports, SRT does not stand anywhere near him. SRT can be only compared to JK of SA. JK has almost the same credentials as SRT has, no WC trophy in their entire record breaking career and may they will retire with their unfulfilled dream. One of the cricketing icon BCL of WI has already been retired. Winning and being part of winning team of WC trophy is a gold standard for any cricketer. Centuty makers and individual record holders will be there always but true geniuses of the game like Viv Richards, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, and Ponting are not born everyday.

Posted by Sharif1976 on (March 24, 2011, 3:44 GMT)

Two great ODI players playing today. Its going to be great battle between legends and i hope that the team who plays really well wins the match Hope to see great match.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 2:17 GMT)

No Ponting can match Tendulkar's humility and brilliance. Tendulkar is the master, the god of the game and ponting is just a mere follower. Tendulkar's sheer humbleness and passion for the games is unmatched. Glad to be born in the era of this great.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 1:21 GMT)

keep dreaming ponting "who used to be an exeptional cricketer " will be back in form only when he turns his focus towards batting and leave captaincy

Posted by   on (March 24, 2011, 1:02 GMT)

I respect both great cricketers of our time but for me they both are diffrant class. Sachin's class have no match. Look at Ricky what he is doinng from last two or more years, just leading the team only his batting is not even match to the TOP 10 in the world from last two years. Other hand Sachin at the other hand pailing up the RUNS and 100s in both form of the game. So i don't see any contest here at all. Some may think, there is nothing wrong to have wishful thinkings. Sachin's rool in the team is lot greater than the role of Ricky in the team. Sachin will be playing at least until the next WORLD CUP just watch, but at the other hand Ricky will be gone out soon from the face of the Cricket. Sachin at the records side left way way behaind Ricky, he even can not think of getting closse to Sachin.

Posted by pramak9 on (March 24, 2011, 0:58 GMT)

wow what a great contest this would be..being a cricket fanatic i donno if am able to sleep tonight. But am sure if India play with self confidence it can pull of a big victory. GOOD LUCK india..........see you in the Final

Posted by kirikkat on (March 23, 2011, 22:40 GMT)

India please win! I so wish to see another India Pakistan Hustle.

Posted by Sumeher on (March 23, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

'Humility', maybe the only thing separating their individual performances!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

This has got to be the final... Australia are the world champions.... India are the favorites to win this game... Anything can happen... Both teams are at their best... Ponting has been an exceptional cricketer... I hope he finds form in the game against India... As the article says, I too hope it will be a batting contest between Tendulkar and Ponting.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

This is what cricketing camaraderie is about. You play hard, competitive cricket without crossing the line. Ponting has had issues with his temper, but just the way he talks about Tendulkar shows the absolute respect he has for the man. Equally Tendulkar has earned it! Most of all though, it shows the love for the game and its best performers. Pretty sure Tendulkar would also have the same respect for Ponting's matchwinning 140 - a once in a lifetime innings from a batsman in the form of his life. He singlehandedly won it for AUS that day.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

sachin is a legend no doubt !

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 19:12 GMT)

For Punter as well as all the others fast approaching middle-age, Sachin continues to inspire. His stats for the last 2 years:

Games Runs H.S. Avg. Hundreds Tests 20 2103 214 75.10 9 ODIs 25 1271 200* 57.77 5

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

I do NOT agree to "they'll walk out on to the Motera ground in Ahmedabad, each hoping to end the other's World Cup career." At least Sachin does not hope or play to end anyone's career. He plays for his passion for cricket and playing for India is his daily dream. He is never involved in any controversy or sledging that others get into every once in a while. He maintains integrity by walking away when he is OUT even if umpire does not think so. All this and much more puts Sachin right on top of the elite group.

Posted by khps on (March 23, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

All forms of crickets are alive as long as you both keep playing. love to see you both in next world cup too.

Posted by Mark00 on (March 23, 2011, 18:06 GMT)

Sachin's greatness comes from his mind. He doesn't have the batspeed, range of strokes, eye or reflexes of some other players but he has unmatched mental discipline and superb anticipation. He is the ultimate percentage player. He knows the bowler's strategy before even the bowler. Ponting is a talented player but he's no genius.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 18:01 GMT)

BREAKING NEWS JUST COMING IN "SACHIN TENDULKAR HAS ANNOUNCED TO PLAY THE 2023 WORLD CUP"

Posted by GHemrajani on (March 23, 2011, 17:53 GMT)

Ponting will get his form back and will beat Tendulkar's records. Go Ponting!

Posted by AdnanSiddiqui on (March 23, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

I think till last year these 2 legends along with Lara were considered to be the best of modern world .. Unfortunately Ponting's last year form threw him out from this league ... People may say that Tendulker went through bad patch couple of years back too but he came back with form of life time .... Now Ponting needs to have alteast whole year of fluency like Tendulker to enter back in this league ...

Posted by AdnanSiddiqui on (March 23, 2011, 17:31 GMT)

I think till last year these 2 legends along with Lara were considered to be the best of modern world .. Unfortunately Ponting's last year form threw him out from this league ... People may say that Tendulker went through bad patch couple of years back too but he came back with form of life time .... Now Ponting needs to have alteast whole year of fluency like Tendulker to enter back in this league ...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

Great Sachin Tendulkar has become a adjective of the cricket...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

For once. I laughed at something that came out of Ponting's mouth and didn't feel annoyed. Good article. Nice to see a cool likeable side of the Aussie captain.

Posted by psh004 on (March 23, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

India must play the below team for a win against australia. Gambhir,Sehwag,Kohli,Sachin,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Raina,Harbhajan,Ashwin,Zaheer,Sreesanth. Sreesanth,Raina must be in the team as australian agression can be meet only with agressive players.Lazy players like munaf and nehra cannot do the job for india. Indian bowlers must try to take wickets rather than bowling defensively.

Sachin must bat down the order at number 4 to stabilise the middle order .He is a senior player and must show the responsibility and play the role which aravinda desilva played for sri lanka in 1996 world cup. He should play that role for the country and not for his records.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 16:42 GMT)

Excellence is SACHIN at best

Posted by jopa on (March 23, 2011, 16:27 GMT)

Allright, it takes a exceptionally lean patch from Mr Ponting to finally acknowledge Tendulkar, the Master. Last year, Ponting was tounge in cheek wanting Tendulkar to retire, so that he can become the leading run scorer of the game. It looks that Ponting and CA are postponing the retirement for this sole purpose.... Going by current form, it will take another 16 year for "Mr. Arrogance Ponting" to acheive that!

And as far as th WC goes, may the best team win!

Posted by pipsonian on (March 23, 2011, 16:20 GMT)

Sachin is a great player but not a match winner. He might score a 150 but India might still lose. Ponting is not as great and talented but definitely a match winner. If Ponting scores 150, he will make sure Australia win.

Posted by sportfrenzy on (March 23, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

perfect person to look up to when not in the greatest of forms.Heartening to find at last some words of appreciation for SACHIN by an Aussie captain.Hope both the legend and the great keep on giving the game their best.

Posted by anubhav.maheshwari on (March 23, 2011, 16:11 GMT)

Ponting can never ever touch sachin.. Sachin ended the debate of greatness... While ponting just stood there versus pakistan our little giant quietly tucked the bat under his arm and walked off... The respect for this superhuman being keeps increasing

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 15:46 GMT)

I don't feel even a little for Ponting. Because of the team he possessed he has infact overachieved as compared to Tendulkar. And Sachin had no one to back up his good work and he has always been criticized for not taking India beyond the finish line. I pray that Tendulkar's career ends on a high by winning this WC. And I have confidence in our boys..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 15:45 GMT)

There is only one name in cricket: SACHIN Would like to see getting his 100 international centuries from the X title holders.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 14:54 GMT)

Hopefully tendulkar goes on to get his hands on the title this time. . .

Posted by Rakim on (March 23, 2011, 14:45 GMT)

It'll be an epic battle !!

I (As a Pak fan) don't care who wins. But let's hope Pak-Ind SF.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 14:44 GMT)

"We'll both probably be in wheelchairs by then," haha Ponting at least (at last) beat tendulkar in sense of humor.

Posted by Vilander on (March 23, 2011, 14:35 GMT)

best of luck ponting, but you guys must have beaten pak dont correct our mistakes against india.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

After the one sided Pak-Windies quarterfinal, this one should be an absolute cracker!

Posted by andy_0386 on (March 23, 2011, 14:25 GMT)

not only ponting all cricketer who want to enjoy cricket should have inspiration from SACHIN.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

now Mr.Ponting realises Sachin's greatness.. he is the one who was telling that Sachin's centuries are not as great as others say and anyone can break it.. Sachin answered it with smartest way he can, that is "with bat".. cheers to Sachin..:) i'm proud to say that i have watched world's greatest batsman..:)

Posted by kargoms on (March 23, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

An honest answer is the sign of true friendship. Thanks Ricky..

Posted by mofs on (March 23, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

Great to see ponting admiring sachin ....Also i feel pity and get very angry indian fans criticizing sachin that whenever sachin gets century india loses...what a pity??? Only in india we can see that a batsman scoring centuries gets comment like this.... Long live Sachin and keep scoring centuries whether india loses or win....You are making us feel proud...............

Posted by veeruraghavan on (March 23, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

Let tomorrow be your last day of ODI cricket Mr.Punter. Ur farewell is awaiting

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 14:17 GMT)

I just hope that tomorrow's game is not the game where Ponting gets his form back... I want India to win tomorrow...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 14:01 GMT)

A legend talking about another legend.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 13:38 GMT)

There is no need to compare Sachin with utter Punter. He may have scored few runs, but his arrogance is beyond acceptance to be in line with the maestro.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 13:36 GMT)

I jst hope sachin blasts aussies in the QF !! that would be a befitting farewell to PONTING!!

Posted by silentcacophony.ubiquitous on (March 23, 2011, 13:34 GMT)

Good Article... Cricket Lovers of this generation are lucky to have seen these two stalwarts grow . and tomorrow for the last time we will see two of them in a world cup .. I will say we wil cherish these memories forever . Inspite of all ponting's negatives, He has been the one person apart from Kallis who has given tendulkar run for his money and this is the lastworld cup possibly last game together , if india wins i expect Ponting wud be done and dusted with cricket with an imminent sack from team .. Can we get a repeat of 1996 world cup group match and not1999, 2003 encounters which were one sided. There is a feeling Aussie dominance ends tomorrow with an exit from WC . Every Era comes to an end and its time Golden era of aussies is well and truly over( might be wrong as well) Thank you Ponting and Tendulkar for giving us the best times of cricket .

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 13:31 GMT)

Ponting is right ... If Tendulkar plays ... India will lose ... He will enjoy that!!!

Posted by Changebond on (March 23, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

Siachen Tendulkar is an inspiration to all cricket loving fans worldwide.

Posted by kayarr on (March 23, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

Gracious comments from Punter. Some of us Indians lose no opportunity to run this legend down.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 13:17 GMT)

Wow!!!! Evergreen Tendulkar!!!.... Itz quite inspirational to hear....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 13:08 GMT)

Battle of Legends......Tomorrow's match should be a treat to watch...and India's win would be icing on the cake!!!

Posted by rajbask on (March 23, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

Australia known very well to start the game before a day or two, before the actual match starts - by speaking and targeting the opposition team. They speak about Sachin, Sehwag, indian bowling opening with spin attack etc., In techie world we used to say one thing - "Don't write the code and compile in the mouth itself". Same rules apply to Australian cricket team, play well and win. We welcome it. Don't talk more and try to win.

Posted by nikhildevdesai on (March 23, 2011, 12:49 GMT)

Do not compare Sachin and Ponting, they're both great, that is like comparing Gandhi and AB Lincoln, but Ponting does seem to be dishonest at times.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

Well said Punter!Don't know about Ponting but Sachin may have a worldcup left in him..The guys is a superman! He can do anything..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

I have enjoyed watching Ponting & Tendulkar for a long time. I hate anyone casting bad remarks against them. All good things come to an end! Both have done yeoman service to cricket and their respective countries.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 12:26 GMT)

God and Mortal Human xD Dil Mange More Sachin Tendulkar

Posted by Jacob_Chacko on (March 23, 2011, 12:24 GMT)

I think the "Wheel Chair" comment was not really needed. Ponting can speak for himself being in the wheel chair but to comment that another person whether its Tendulkar or any body else cannot be justified.

Posted by landl47 on (March 23, 2011, 12:23 GMT)

Ponting, as always, doesn't get it. Tendulkar has had a great later career not because he has kept doing the things that worked for him earlier, but because he has changed and adapted his game. He's cut out the higher-risk shots and refined his movement in the crease so he's not playing as many unorthodox shots. Ponting is still lunging at the ball and hooking/pulling as he used to do, but now he's getting out instead of getting boundaries. That's why Tendulkar will go down as one of the greatest players of all time while Ponting will be seen as a very good player who hung on too long.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

Would like to see both of them in next world cup too.

Posted by mcsdl on (March 23, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

Ponting u are a true legend, no matter what some jelous haters say...! Sachin, Ponting, Lara, Kallis, Sangakkara in order can be considerd as the modern day batting greats...! But when it comes to big matches Punter top the list in my view... I never was an Aussie fan, not much of a Ponting fan either, but must say Ponting desrves more credit than he gets now from the media & public. 3 time worldcup winner, Captain in 2 occassions, has won more Test matches as captain than anyone else in history, with superb overall batting stats..! What a player... Hope he gets back to his form of gud old days & compete with Tendulkar for next few years..!... Yea Punter u should watch all those cricket videos of urs & remind ur self what a true legend u are, if u had any doubts...!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

Sachin the Best will play in next WC and set an unbeatable record of 7-WC in a career.

Posted by lancer38 on (March 23, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

Unfortunately Ponting failed to learn good sportsmanship from Tendulkar. They are miles apart!

Posted by Cricomment on (March 23, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

Somebody put this guy out of his misery...! Why can't he understand he is no Tendulkar?

Posted by symsun on (March 23, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

its unusual Ponting statements. such a wonderful player should not end like this. I wish Ponting to hit century tomorrow. But India to win.

Posted by FitzroyMarsupial on (March 23, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

When he shows a bit of humility and perspective like in this interview it really isn't hard to warm to Ponting. It's just a shame that at other times he behaves so boorishly and let's himself down - there's clearly a good guy behind the gum-chewing, umpire baiting bully. Let's see it more often Ricky - the cricket public would like to respect you as well as your awesome stats and talent.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 11:56 GMT)

rocking legend.........!!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

Come on Ricky! Good luck :)

Posted by pknissar on (March 23, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

Sachin is Greatestest cricketer

Posted by VarunTheGame on (March 23, 2011, 11:42 GMT)

Ponting will retire before Sachin

Posted by le_stephenois on (March 23, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

tendulkar came back from being rubbish earlier this decade during the days of the 'Endulkar' campaigns, he isn't evergreen, he fought back from that to what he is now, in the best form of his life. If Ponting wants to be inspired by Tendulkar, he should concentrate on the work ethic that took him from who he was to who he is.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

Ponting's ego although not entirely misplaced would never allow him to come out of the lean patch. He needs to cut out his flamboyance and play some safe shots. He needs to stop playing the pull. Agree he is among the best players of pull shot, but the pull shot requires the batsman to have the best reflexes which Ponting has lost due to age. Sachin realized this and has avoided pulling and has replaced it with the upper cut and other safe shots.

Posted by HarshaH on (March 23, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

Is it a great idea to run the old videos? Doess it help one's psyche? In tamil there is a saying "Poor hungry chap looks up the old account books"

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (March 23, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

Sachin has never been the world's best. In nineties he was second to Lara; in the noughties he was second to Ponting. Sachin has never been Asia's best cricketer too; in the nineties it was Wasim Akram; in the noughties Shoaib Akhtar. Sachin is a second best man. Ha Ha Ha.

Posted by ankr77 on (March 23, 2011, 11:11 GMT)

i actually dont see ponting playing anymore international cricket let it be ODI or test, the ACB will prob remove him..let's see...but our lil master is a class apart, hopefully shld be playing test cricket for a couple more years...hope so..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

Ponting ,. you had your chance and time in 2003 edition.. Not this time Mate!

Posted by Something_Witty on (March 23, 2011, 11:05 GMT)

While Ricky should be regarded as Sachin's equal with the bat, the timing of his injuries has all but killed his career. Sachin struggled for a LONG time after his elbow injury. Ponting does not have as much time to recover from his injuries.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 11:04 GMT)

Really Its Cool to See Both of them in the Next World Cup ... :). My wish is also the same to See Sachin on the Next World Cup.

Posted by Kris7 on (March 23, 2011, 11:02 GMT)

People can get inspired from Tendulkar but please dont wish to be like him. He is not siting with the gifted talent. At this time also he will be the cricketer practicing the most. As Robin Sharma says "Genius is not the result of innate ability but deliberate practice and the relentless pursuit of mastery."

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

Ricky,

Since this is going to be your last match, I expect you to play gracefully in the Quarter finals against the Indians.

Tendulkar still has the sheer passion for the game, loves his cricket and still hungry for runs. He still enjoys the meaty sound comes out from the middle of his bat while hitting the cover drive.

Apparently you want to keep playing just to satisfy your own ego and silence your critics that you, at the age of 37, can be as good as your glorious 2004-2007 years. Ain't gonna happen; doesn't work like that.

It would be quite appropriate for one of the better batsmen of modern times, to play what could very well be your last world cup game, gracefully and be a gentleman.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 10:57 GMT)

Ponting is a very good batsman - no doubt about that. But as an Indian I don't want to see him in good form tomorrow. Also I don't like him as a human being. He may be compared to Tendulkar as a batsman but never as a human being.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 23, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

India will loose if Thendulkar scores a century.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 10:47 GMT)

both excellent batsmen, no one can deny :)

Posted by   on (March 23, 2011, 10:44 GMT)

Sachin is excellence at BEST

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