Full name Ricky Thomas Ponting
Born December 19, 1974, Launceston, Tasmania
Current age 40 years 257 days
Major teams Australia, Antigua Hawksbills, ICC World XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Somerset, Surrey, Tasmania
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 1.78 m
Education Mowbray Primary; Brooks Senior High School, Launceston
Relation Uncle - GD Campbell
|Test debut||Australia v Sri Lanka at Perth, Dec 8-11, 1995 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v South Africa at Perth, Nov 30-Dec 3, 2012 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v South Africa at Wellington, Feb 15, 1995 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v India at Brisbane, Feb 19, 2012 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, Feb 17, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v Sri Lanka at Nottingham, Jun 8, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Nottinghamshire at The Oval, Jul 8-11, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||1992/93|
|Last List A||Surrey v Lancashire at Guildford, Jun 9, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Somerset v Northamptonshire at Taunton, Jul 15, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Antigua Hawksbills v Guyana Amazon Warriors at North Sound, Aug 17, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|-||Hawksbills||v Amazon||North Sound||17 Aug 2013||T20|
|-||Hawksbills||v Zouks||North Sound||15 Aug 2013||T20|
|-||Hawksbills||v Tridents||North Sound||13 Aug 2013||T20|
|1||Hawksbills||v Red Steel||Port of Spain||11 Aug 2013||T20|
|20||Hawksbills||v Zouks||Gros Islet||6 Aug 2013||T20|
|19||Hawksbills||v Tallawahs||Providence||4 Aug 2013||T20|
|1||Hawksbills||v Tridents||Bridgetown||1 Aug 2013||T20|
|3||Surrey||v Hampshire||The Oval||19 Jul 2013||T20|
|65||Surrey||v Essex||The Oval||15 Jul 2013||T20|
|29, 169*||Surrey||v Notts||The Oval||8 Jul 2013||FC|
Ricky Ponting, the most uncompromising player of his generation, grew into Australia's most successful run-maker and only sits below Bradman in the country's overall ratings. It takes an extremely critical eye to diminish his run-scoring achievements, which seem to collect new records in every series. Like spotting a celebrity, it's necessary to look twice when analysing Ponting, first as the archetypal modern batsman, then as the country's 42nd Test captain. There is no doubt about his greatness after taking guard, but his leadership has been under scrutiny for much of his reign. While his blade has sparkled, his stewardship is pock-marked by three Ashes defeats - two in England and one at home - and stumbles to South Africa and India.
Those results didn't stop him from becoming the most successful captain in Test history after passing Steve Waugh's 41 wins in the 2009-10 Boxing Day Test. In the same match he overtook Shane Warne's 92 victories as the most by an individual, and he led Australia to 26 consecutive undefeated (completed) World Cup games. He stepped down from the captaincy when that run ended, in the 2011 World Cup. For the first three years of his reign he was in charge of a superstar unit and did not have to decide much tactically, but once that group headed for retirement he had to change from a manager to moulder.
As a batsman the only debate is where to rank him in the high reaches of the game's greatest run-makers. Acclaimed by Academy coach Rod Marsh as the best teenage batsman he had ever seen, Ponting began with Tasmania at 17 and Australia at 20, and was given out unluckily for 96 on his Test debut. There were some teething problems, including a public admission of an alcohol problem, but the longer he went on the more he matured, building up records and runs.
He plays all the shots with a full flourish of the bat - the cover drive and the pull are particularly productive methods - and knows only to attack. His breathtaking, dead-eye fielding is a force in the game by itself. Only Sachin Tendulkar has more centuries in Tests and ODIs combined than Ponting, who is a natural in the game's traditional forms, but resistant to the perks of Twenty20, from which he retired from in 2009. There have been setbacks against probing seam attacks, high-class finger-spin and, latterly, short balls, which he insists are meant to be pulled or hooked.
After a fairly prolonged patchy run of form, Ponting announced that the Perth Test against South Africa in November-December 2012 would be his last international match.
ICC Player of the Year - 2006,2007
ICC Test Player of the Year - 2003, 2004, 2006
One-Day International Player of the Year - 2002
Allan Border Medal - 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009
Wisden Cricketer of the Year - 2006
Cricinfo Player of the Decade - 2000-09
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