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India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, World Cup 2011, Ahmedabad

Ponting creates a template

It is no shame for a veteran to strip things back, and at 36, Ricky Ponting should consider his hook-less, pared-back knock against India as an example of the way he should play in his cricketing twilight

Brydon Coverdale at Motera

March 24, 2011

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Ricky Ponting pumps his fist on getting to a century, India v Australia, 2nd quarter-final, Ahmedabad, World Cup 2011, March 24, 2011
Ricky Ponting's celebration of his first international century in 13 months was a muted one © Getty Images

The day before Australia's quarter-final, Ricky Ponting said he was planning to watch the footage of the 2003 World Cup decider. He wanted to revisit his brilliant 140 in the triumph over India, and draw whatever inspiration he could from the memory. He won't want to see many replays of this loss, but he should keep the video all the same.

He can use his fighting 104 as a template for how to bat in the next phase of his career, given that he and the selectors want him to play on. It is not easy for a batsman of such immense talent to resist his natural urges, and there were hints of Ponting's flair during his first international century for 13 months. But mostly, it was a pared-back innings that relied on the fundamentals.

In his later years, the country singer Johnny Cash released a series of albums with a stripped-back production, all unnecessary instruments and distractions removed. What listeners heard was simply a man and his voice, and the world was reminded of his raw talent. It is no crime for a veteran to go back to basics. In fact, it can be a refreshing change.

In the early stages of Ponting's innings, there was little that was flashy. Singles were knocked around, gaps found and his eyes adjusted to the conditions and the bowling. When he did take a risk, it was calculated, and came against the part-timer Yuvraj Singh, who was clipped over midwicket for a boundary and then swept forward of square leg for four more.

It helped that Ponting hardly had to negotiate a bouncer. Zaheer Khan was the only member of India's attack with genuine pace, and he preferred to bowl full than dig it in short. That meant Ponting didn't have to make the decision on whether to play the hook, the shot that was once a great strength but over the past couple of years has become an Achilles heel.

Against Canada last week, Henry Osinde hurried Ponting in to lobbing a catch from an attempted hook, and with due respect to Osinde, he is no Shaun Tait. During Sachin Tendulkar's lean times, when the cover-drive was proving a weakness, he shelved the stroke and found his runs in other ways. Perhaps Ponting can look at a hook-less innings like this and follow suit.

At Motera, the failures of Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey and Cameron White, and the inability of Brad Haddin to capitalise on another strong start, forced Ponting to be Australia's anchor in the biggest one-day match they have played in years. Far from dragging the ship down, he kept it steady. He turned the strike over with 47 singles, and chose the right balls to go after.

In his prime, it would have been a point of honour for Ponting to go after the best opposition bowlers, show them who's boss. Here, he displayed the utmost respect for Harbhajan Singh, who has dismissed him more times in international cricket than anyone else, and attacked weaker links like Munaf Patel.

And as impressively as Yuvraj has bowled in this tournament, Ponting knew he too was a man who could occasionally be dispatched. His drive over cover for six off Yuvraj was all class. When he eventually did try something new and perilous, an uncharacteristic reverse sweep, he perished.

That came soon after Ponting reached his century, his first international hundred in any format since February 2010. There was no outpouring of emotion. He raised his bat, but didn't remove his helmet. Truth be told, he barely cracked a smile. There was a job still to be done. He believes there still is.

At 36, Ponting is in his cricketing twilight, although he has no desire to take his final bow any time soon. The one thing that might have forced the hand of the selection panel was a continued lack of runs. Australia are at the end of a World Cup cycle and he should move on from one-day cricket. But in whatever formats he plays from now until retirement day, this innings should serve as his template.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 26, 2011, 0:45 GMT)

Ponting the legend fought it till the last.........Just that this time the general had much weaker army and he was up against a very strong opponent. Still he made it very tough for India.................................. He always won when it mattered. The finest captain ever in the history of game. We ought to salute his figting spirit.

But there was a lesson for everybody in his 100 run inning. Poting has had lot of innings in tests and ODI's during 13 months but could not produce a 100 WHY......Bcz he was listening to coaches.............This time he tried to compete with himself and achieved it - as he said a day before the match"I am watching videos of my own fine innings and picking up what different I did then". .................The fact is that whatever coaches teach is highly impractical and their technique is obsolete.

Posted by Glen on (March 25, 2011, 23:56 GMT)

Continued :::::::: Australia cannot leave their legacy of playing punter by not having him as a captain...he has a secret desire of reaching tendulkar records... In australian cricket we give more importance to team win and dominance rather than personal records..... If selectors really wants to dominate world cricket...they need to bring youth in to the squad and re-build this austrian side..Tait should concentrate on line and lengh rather than pace..he was all over the place...

Posted by Glen on (March 25, 2011, 23:55 GMT)

I am a huge fan of punter but it was a selfish innings by him...... yes the wicket was slow but even with sharne warne and Mcgrath,Australia would not have defended 260 against the full strength of Indian batting line up in India.....Ponting tried to build his innings just like tendulkar and on reaching close to hundred took his chance against part timer yuvraj sing....he seems to be coping tendulkar shots for quite a some time now and how tendulkar build his innings....if he bats like that australia will loose often when he gets 100........ all my friends knew the way he batted Australia will loose..... Even after his hundred i feel he should retire from one day... there is no way he will be allowed to lead australian side in next world cup or in next Ashes...If Cricket Australia wants him to play he must stay as a captain of test side but either bat at number 4 like tendulkar or at a slot of Steve waugh....

Posted by Prem on (March 25, 2011, 14:13 GMT)

He still believes there is work to be done. But is it any good? Sachin plays like a run machine, but hardly dictates terms anymore. We can handle that, cos we have players who can provide the exclamation mark in an innings. And those players are well settled in the side and their roles. Can Australia say the same thing? Clarke's consistent failures over the same time frame as Ponting's put a lot of pressure on the rest of the team. Is it fair to Australia for Ponting to continue in this vein, playing for pretty much himself, and nothing else?

Posted by Captain on (March 25, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

Agree with you -- but then -- thats exactly how Sachin's lived (read played) all his life! Prob gives us an idea of his resilience -- the amazon ability to shoulder all the responsibility and still take the team thru -- which clearly Ricky lacked -- he could never come to terms and was a pale shadow of himself for most part after the iconic players called it a day.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 13:14 GMT)

Beautiful article! Mr Ponting should read this. Though Australia lost, he played a splendid innings-one full of commitment, character and determination! I wish him all the best for a few more years of cricket ! Keep going Mr Ponting !!

Posted by David on (March 25, 2011, 12:57 GMT)

his time has come in ODI cricket, time for some young blood to be exposed to international standard attacks. lets see a team who will entirely be available for the next world cup when we tour bangladesh, meaning no Ponting, Hussey, Haddin, Lee & Tait. Seems harsh but it's the best way to blood youth & in the sceam of things ODI cricket just doesn't compare in importance to test cricket & should be used to develope players. & T20 should just be used as a cash grab lol. ponting still has a large role to play in test cricket though, Clarke doesn't look set to succeed the captaincy yet & he can score large amounts of runs still if he gets his form going moved down to #5 with khawaja at 3 & huss at 6. suddenly the batting looks quite formidable again. it just seems that as he's getting older it's taking longer for him to get his eye in which is easier when the ball is older.

Posted by Shadrach on (March 25, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

Ponting is theBest. No batsmen have ever achieved what he has. That is no batsmen in the World performed to this level by being the captain of the team

Posted by Binod on (March 25, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

For sure Ponting is a class apart- one of modern greats. I personally rank him in the same category wid Lara & Tendulkar. I rate Ponting as a mentally tough, technically sound and immensely talented natural stroke playing batsman. It was a good knock by a very very good player though not good enough to win a semi final berth for his team Australia. India was spirited side in front of the home crowd and played magnificently well to set up a clash against Pakistan.

Posted by Dru on (March 25, 2011, 9:35 GMT)

What a knock and what a stage to bring it on but unfortunatelyPonting lacked support from the rest of the batsman and couldnt really force the issue to say look for 280+ which would have been a better score. Clark, Hussy and White were a total dissappointment in a vital game. The main issue for Aus they came in with the wrong options on the bowling front to defend such a score.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

True Hero is Ricky Ponting. Probably the best after Sachin. Criticism he is getting is unjust and unfair. Probably yesterday's innings were the best he has ever played even though they lost the match. People to blame on this quarter final exit are probably the Selectors.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 7:52 GMT)

Its high time that Ponting retires from all formats. Aussies need a new captain. They need young players like Usman Khwaja and Callum Fergusson to take over the mantle.

Posted by Arjun on (March 25, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

We have seen a great QF..But right from the word GO, we got a feel that India is more determined than AUS. No doubt that, AUS is not the old AUS, they are struggling team now....

Back to Ponting, I am a fan of Ponting,But this time i dont feel that he's back in to form. Usually if we see ponting's innings it would be a threating to the opposition.. But on this innings i feel something is missing.. i had a feel that he's playing for himself rather than AUS.. He should think of retiring from ODI and please concentrate more on Test cricket...

Well done and all the best for INDIA and AUS.

Posted by Don on (March 25, 2011, 7:31 GMT)

If he does play on in either format, I hope he stays captain in that format. Commentators such as Nasser Hussein have suggested he play on in Tests as a batsmen, but that doesn't sit right with me. To see Ponting, one of Australian (and world) cricket's greats, now taking orders from a relative youngster of the next generation like Clarke would diminish his stature.

Posted by Faizal on (March 25, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

Ponting this innings will be remembered forever.............. u r a top class player

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

Very well written... loved the comparison with Johnny Cash and the point about a subdued but resolute celebration of century.

Posted by Lalgudi on (March 25, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

Ponting is an exceptionally talented player. A very prolific rungetter, a brilliant fielder and astute captain. He is being let down by his team, which is certainly missing the likes of Mcgrath, Warne, Gilchrist and Hayden. He should start playing without any inhibition and be attacking as he once used to be. Hope Cricket Australia do not rush any decisions against him

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

It was a masterfull innings!! with all due respects to the sachins, laras, waughs, akrams and all the other legends I've seen playing, I've heard about but not seen playing, I must say Ponting is the Cricketer of all generations of all seasons!!

Posted by Peter on (March 25, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

As always, a fine piece Brydon: brilliant observations. I hope Punter does keep going and does work the template you've outlined. Here's a crazy idea: maybe Punter could open in ODIs and bat at No 5 or 6 in Tests. He could take his time building an innings across 50 overs if he opened in the ODIs. Batting 5 or 6 in Tests would keep him away from the best of the bowling, taking a bit of pressure off him. Whichever way it goes, I hope Punter keeps going as long as he can. Best Aus batsman of the modern era. If John Davison can play WC cricket at 40, no reason why Punter can't back up for 2015.

Posted by indian on (March 25, 2011, 6:21 GMT)

Hey Ricky you have always been a great cricketer and mentor to many, you have given a lot to the world cric, if you are gone we will miss you in all forms of the game as we are missing the greats like warne,gilly,mcGra,akram,lara,walsh

Posted by Subba on (March 25, 2011, 5:58 GMT)

He'll not be able to play such an innings against good bowling attacks. Dale Steyn, Morkel, Umar Gul, Kemar Roach, Graeme Swann, Chris broad, Anderson, will all get him out in no time. This is a mere extra lease which will soon be over. If Ponting played a little quicker, Australia would have gone past 300, but he didnt. Instead, he put pressure on other batsmen to accelerate. It looked more like other batsmen had the duty to see that Ponting gets a good outing in the middle rather than see Australia home.

Posted by rahul on (March 25, 2011, 5:48 GMT)

well ponting need this century badly he got it.....he is a true champion for oz...realy deserves to play for some time....go on champion

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 5:14 GMT)

Yes, he showed great strength of character and it will be difficult to drop Ponting as a batsman at least, given that the next set of test matches that Australia plays will be at Srilanka where his experience will be needed. But it is time for the selectors to be unemotional and play Ponting as a batsman and not as captain.I think Australia will do well to change their leadership and get youngsters like Ferguson in who have been waiting in the wings for quite some time now. Australia has a reasonable second line and should easily be one of the top three teams in the next few years. They need Ponting as a batsman and as a senior citizen. No one can take away anything from Ponting as a world cup winning captain and as a phenomenal batsman and a wonderful fielder. But the time has come to take away his captaincy from him whilst placing on record his long standing service to the cause of Australian cricket sridhar

Posted by jai on (March 25, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

Its undoubtedly a very calculated professional inngs. Coming to shelving down a particaurls shot, it reminds me of sunil Gavaskar not playing the hook shot for more than 10 years till he played it when equalled the great Don's centuries record at Kotla. Champions like Sachin, Sunny and Ponting can shelve why only one , two or three shots till score centuries at will.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 4:32 GMT)

although Oz lost the match,,,Ponting won the contest(a contest between him and his selectors)............

Posted by Maanoj on (March 25, 2011, 4:08 GMT)

ponting played superbly....it was a captain's knock....... very well done aussies ... you were are and will always be my FAV .....

Posted by Saurabh on (March 25, 2011, 3:45 GMT)

A wonderful century from the Australian captain amidst extreme pressure but the contrast between the 140 of 2003 and this innings couldn't be more striking. It perhaps also epitomises the contrast between the two Australian teams. In 2003 Ponting followed the hard hitting, brutally intimidating opening pairof Hayden and Gilchrist which allowed him to play with aggression and freedom but the story has changed now and the whole weight of his side rests on his shoulders. Having said that Ponting was sublime and flawless on the day and did his best but sadly this Australian team just didn't have what it needs to be a World Champion.

Posted by Vijay on (March 25, 2011, 3:38 GMT)

Great innings to finish off a WC. Genuinely good innings and heres hoping that he has a few more years left to play and captain his side

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 3:21 GMT)

Pointing is a great player without any doubt, I am a Pakistani supporter but strongly respect pointing. He played a typical captain knocked today after scoring 100. On the other side I was really disappointed with white and M hussey.

Well No worries pointing afridi will taker ur revenge in mohali.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 25, 2011, 2:59 GMT)

Pointing is the Best!! Thats for sure!!

Posted by shankar on (March 25, 2011, 2:10 GMT)

Australia lost. But Ricky showed why his name is up there with the best of the bests. Determined to defeat the demons of underperformance in his head and determined to bring glory to Australia, he fought and what a fight he fought. The pain of a slow death by the Indians was all over Lee's and Ricky's faces. Boy, they flexed every muscle in their body to make a game out of it. And they almost did. Only for the rest of the team to squander it all away. If only there were Warney and Pigeon, Aussies would have strangled India, after they needed 72 off 67. I never thought this Aussie team had another level in it, the way they played the group stage. Ricky, here is an Indian saluting you. Keep playing mate. The Aussie selectors will be making a terrible mistake if they pull the plug on Ricky. He is the only beacon in this terrible Aussie batting lineup. I want to know that after Ricky, will their team be strengthened or weakened? As simple as that. Let the legend be respected.

Posted by K. on (March 25, 2011, 2:03 GMT)

The only thing we Know about Ponting is that he is a fighter. But ,although this innings was a good fighting one, it was not perhaps what was wanted. His SR was perhaps a touch too low, the others could have accelerated. He was plumb LBW to Harbhajan. Ponting has been "out of form" for some 3 to 4 YEARS now. Tendulkar's lean times were mostly due to injuries, Ponting's is simply of a batsman in decline.There are many,many times when he need to perform (such as the Ashes) and he has been unable to. This innings is just a one off.He was DESPERATE to get runs- but did he get them too slow? Since he was in his shell- his game definitely affected Haddin, then later Hussey who was desperate to get things moving, White etc...

Posted by karan on (March 25, 2011, 0:55 GMT)

Pointing Played a inning of his Life, Watched his whole game, he never put a foot wrong. Very well said in the article. I like the way the comparison you made between Pointing Later stage and Tendulkar Later stage. For me i think Pointing should be better served in test Cricket then one day if he is going to use this inning as a Template for rest of his career. I am so happy that he came back to form..

Posted by Goundla on (March 25, 2011, 0:48 GMT)

Before this match I have no praise for Ricky. But man..... what an innings he played. He lost because of some extraordinary cricket by India. He is the last man standing from that Waugh-era. Without him, Australia will be in totters... believe me. Gudluck Ricky with whatever you do.

Posted by Bunty on (March 25, 2011, 0:01 GMT)

Ponting played like a legend. No matter what direction Ponting goes from here he gave a masterclass on how a No.3 has to bat on conditions alien to him. If only some of the batsmen around him had shown some more imagination and skill result could have been different. I was one of the cynics about Ricky but I am a convert now.

Posted by Andrew on (March 24, 2011, 23:55 GMT)

Good article Brydon. This IS the template for Punter. Whilst he was still playing I always rated Lara as the best batsmen that I'd seen (a nip ahead of Sachin). Things turned for me when I saw that 200+ he scored at the SCG, yes McGrath wasn't playing but it was still the best attack in the world - he refused to play a cover drive in that whole innings. In comaprisn to other centuries it was superficially an ugly duckling, but I rate it as the best double ton I've seen thru sheer single mindedness. I now rate SRT above Lara, (marginally), Punter needs to say goodbye to the hook/pull shot. I remember Sharma several yrs ago in Oz opened the first crack Ponting had against pace, Roach drove a wedge thru it the following year. If he wants to continue on - he'll have to take more of a nurdle approach to short balls into the ribs. I thought he looked good at times during the Ashes but blew it with 2 legside nicks to the keeper playing horizontal shots. ODI career is over though!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 23:43 GMT)

One swallow does not make a summer!!

When he scored his last century in Feb 2010, every one commented and all thought that he has come back to form and he will be able to deliver the goods - but that did not happen. So, its better to comment on his form or template after he proves that he can perform consistently.

Posted by JIGNESH on (March 24, 2011, 22:39 GMT)

The match was one of the greatest. Ponting surely cried on the ground. Brett Lee tried to injured the Indian batsmen bowling them sharp bouncer, but there is saying in India "Jo Khadda Khudta hai wahi usme girta hai". Our batsmen coming out stronger and stronger day by day. It was really enjoying moment to see Punter crying on the ground. Don't say he is a spirit of the cricket type player. Today, he proved that in order to win the match, he can do anything like cheating, arguing with umpires, and so on. Today again he grabbed the ball after pitching on the ground and claimed he has caught it cleanly. And also argued with the umpires. This is third time he did like that. Last time he did in one of the match of ASHES against England. What a chump!!! All Australians, believe it or not, but Punter is no longer the threat to any team, nor the spirited cricketer, and compare to Sachin, he is way behind in every aspects-records, centuries, runs, fielding, and spirit.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 22:18 GMT)

wonderful knock by ponting, a lesson to the likes of cameron white, steve smith and michael clarke

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 21:31 GMT)

I agree .. between the joy, the thrill of victory against the once indomitable team of the last decade the truly great innings of the match came from Ricky. Even as an Indian I couldn't help admiring his polished strokeplay, his control and grit, the way he sized up a tricky surface and a fired up opposition, the way he swallowed his pride and the temptation to show off his flair. His captaincy has been questionable but this innings reminded the true lovers of the game that it still has room for a batting great other than Tendulkar. ( which also means it was very cheap of the Indian fans in the stadium to have boo-ed him after such an innings). Much like Saeed Anwar's 2003 WC century against India - this is doomed to be forgotten against the euphoria of the end result.

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

Ricky Ponting should represent Australia for at least another year but now is the right time to hand the captaincy of the test and odi teams to Michael Clarke who will be 30 next week.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 21:22 GMT)

This is a huge revenge of 2003 world cup,where India was badly washed by Australian...this time hindustaan....

Posted by Anil on (March 24, 2011, 21:16 GMT)

A good one, Brydon! And there are many who echo Chappel's view and many who support it, they all seem blind. I am not influenced by Ponting's performance today, but he is the only leader AUS can foresee for near future. Name an alternative otherwise! Clarke's command and performance does not support that prospect. Callum or White are untested and unknown, and are inconsistent performers themselves. Who else? Steven Smith or other new comers cannot take the burden, Shaun Marsh is only as good as Kevin O'Brien: one miracle in twenty outings.And, AUS are not winning crucial matches mostly because of incompetent bowlers. Tait and Johnson cannot take wickets, Bollinger cannot bowl because he has to be in the clinic. Ian would gain respect if he proposes something meaningful and sensible. The best bet is to have Ponting lead while shake the domestic setup and philosophy upside down. And, importantly, avoid a mass exodus: maintain a stable, balanced inflow and outflow of talent.

Posted by Harsha on (March 24, 2011, 21:10 GMT)

Whatever happens from now on there won`t be an Australian team in the finals in 15 years and for 19 years in a row there will be India , Pakistan or Sri Lanka in the finals. Sri Lanka to make it 02 sub continent giants in the final.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

It was a monumental effort by Ponting. Even at 36 he is one of the world's best as far as classic innovative batting techniques are concerned. It was really great!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 20:57 GMT)

Wish Haddin dint give away his wicket. Australia was in a position to score 290+ but those wicket falling in the middle blocked those runs. Punter is a legend & he batted like a legend but unfortunately it dint help today

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 20:44 GMT)

Totally agree with your view. If he believes he can carry-on for some more time given his hunger for runs, may be he needs to continue. We should not ignore that he has earned the right to decide when to call it a day.

And who knows he might reinvent himself in the process like Sachin has in recent years.

With due respect, this was Ponting's one of the most uncharacteristic innings. Much needed for him.

Posted by Jay on (March 24, 2011, 20:43 GMT)

Is this the innings which will bring back Ponting the master batsman back?!

Posted by karan on (March 24, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

This article is a TEMPLATE of what future articles from CricInfo should be like. Finally a unique insight and substance from a Cricinfo writer. Love how you set up the story...Nagraj, Sreeram, andrew miller et al please take note on how a unique insight can help craft a fluent story. Here's an epiphany for average cricinfo writers: you are paid to think not to type. Well Done Brydon.

The other brilliant article was Rob Steen on cricket photography: In today's cricket photography there's too much reaction and too little action. Genius! More such insights please. But Rob's latest article on Tendulkar walking was a case of great topic. average thoughts. Rob please let Cricket photography be your template.

Posted by giri on (March 24, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

Brilliant innings this..under pressure of all sorts.Interesting observation this..yes AUS players dint go much after bhajji initially..they need not nyways since there was munaf to give those extra runs..sad to see ponting's expressions in the last few mins of match ..BOW to the hard playing cricket legend..ATB for him in future!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 20:35 GMT)

Had Dhoni used his reviews wisely Ponting would have been out before reaching 100, a great knock nonetheless.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

He is a legend in his own right.. And a great ambassador for Australian cricket in the last 2 years though his & his teams performance has gone down a bit..

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 20:28 GMT)

"8 Years old Revenge"

ODI # 1993. Date: 23 March 2003. World Cup Finals. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65286.html

ODI # 3143. Date: 24 March 2011. World Cup Quarter Finals. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/engine/current/match/433601.html

Exactly 8 years later... 24th March 2011 !!! (What a coincidence guys..) We paid back to Aussies..

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 20:24 GMT)

ha ha ha...a certain Ian Chappell would definitely not agree to this....

Posted by Narayan on (March 24, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

Hope that this Ponting's inning breathes a new life into his career. Ponting deserved the MOM as much as Yuvraj, may even more deserving. Pity that MOM generally goes to player from winning team though better play came from the player in the loosing team. Well, Tendulkar may have lost two MOMs for his performance in this World Cup.

Posted by Krishnaswami on (March 24, 2011, 20:14 GMT)

Hi: Ponting played a very good knock. If not for him Australians would have given this match easily to India. Do you have a player to replace him in One Day format? If so he must been in the team already. It is easy to criticize him in subtle or blatant manner. But the fact is there is no replacement for the great captain.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

what a wonderful sportsman, at the end of the day, he was superb in his demeanor. Champ keep it going

Posted by Fraz on (March 24, 2011, 20:07 GMT)

Grew up watching Ricky Ponting. Loved his 140 in 2003 final. Loved his 100 today. He will remain a legend.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 24, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

Ponting showed a true composure and character of a fighter that he is, only for his team to be outplayed by Yuvraj and company. This may be his last inning of world cup, and he deserved this grand departure.

Posted by K on (March 24, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

It is true in life as in sport, nobody can remain at the top for forever so there is always a time when one has to move on. Sometime on own terms and sometime forced. Hope Ponting is not forced. He has been a champion player, though I am not a AUS supporter, so needs a respectible passage.

Posted by John on (March 24, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

As long as his captaincy doesn't serve as his template, he might do OK. He did bat very well.

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