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There are runs in Ricky still

On the evidence of his last two Tests, the Australian batsman looks to have found some of his old touch

Ian Chappell

December 4, 2011

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Ricky Ponting dispatches one, Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day, December 2, 2011
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Ricky Ponting hit a glorious boundary off the back foot this week to bring up a second successive half-century in Test cricket. Doesn't sound like much of an achievement for a batsman who has amassed more than 12,000 runs in Test cricket, but it was confirmation that the rejuvenation of the former captain is progressing well.

The first sign that things in the Ponting world were on the improve was a pull shot he hit at the Wanderers on the way to helping Australia claim a pulsating victory over South Africa. Where Ponting had been over-committing on the front foot and playing his pull shots in the air for about 12 months, this time he transferred his weight onto the back foot and hit the ball like a rocket into the ground and to the boundary. That was a Ponting-in-his-prime pull shot.

When Ponting is a little anxious or in the mood to dictate at all costs, he often has a tendency to over-commit to the front foot. When that happens, his back-foot play is not authoritative and he's more vulnerable. Consequently, those two shots, the one at the Wanderers and then the satisfying one at the Gabba, were good signs, as he tries to prolong his successful career.

Throughout his career Ponting's honest approach has been a strong point in his development. From the time he announced publicly that he had a problem with alcohol, to calling a team meeting after the 2005 Ashes loss, he has been able to face his demons. Once again he has faced up to a lean trot with the bat and through hard work been able to rehabilitate his game.

It's doubtful if Ponting can consistently produce big innings like in his glory days, but if he's prepared to play at a slightly lower standard, he can still be a useful contributor to this young team.

The hardest thing for an ageing batsman to do is to dredge up peak concentration on a regular basis. There are days when the concentration is still strong but there are times when the mind won't do as it's told. Those are the days when batting is a real grind, and it often results in starts that aren't converted into something substantial. If Ponting is prepared to put up with those frustrations, and more importantly, the selectors' patience isn't thoroughly tested, he can still be valuable.

For some players their pride is such that it won't allow them to play at a slightly lower standard. Those players generally retire before the selectors can wield the axe. But even though Ponting has enormous pride in his performance, his desire to remain a competitor on the international stage is so strong, he's been prepared to lower his sights a little. The downside is, he could leave himself at the mercy of the selectors. As long as the selectors are prepared to "give him a wink" when they believe his time is up, he can still play a little longer and retire with his dignity intact.

Ponting is genuinely enthused about the young talent in the Australian side and he loves the role of mentor. Michael Clarke is happy with that situation and regularly refers in glowing terms to Ponting's contribution being far greater than the value of his runs.

One of those young talents to excite is the attacking offspinner Nathan Lyon. His style of bowling, with deceptive flight, good bounce and a little turn, will always test batsmen, and even if he's not taking wickets he helps the cause. Following a stagnant period after Shane Warne's retirement, where spin bowling has been in the doldrums, Lyon is a breath of fresh air.

Clarke's handling of Lyon has also been refreshing, and this is one aspect of captaincy where he's superior to Ponting. It can sometimes be a disaster when a recently retired skipper remains in the team. Often it can hamper the new captain, but the current arrangement seems to be working well. Clarke has stamped his authority on the job and Ponting remains in the background when it comes to on-field tactics.

Judging by the back-foot shots that are again flowing from Ponting's bat, he has brought about an adjustment to his use-by-date. His last two innings have pushed it back rather than brought it forward.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is now a cricket commentator and columnist

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Posted by natmastak_so-called on (December 7, 2011, 16:58 GMT)

in last two years even bhajji scored more centuries than punter. beat that.

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (December 7, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

to all those shouting from rooftops that Ponting is equal to Sachin,I , have never seen punter hooking Steyn or Walsh and will never dream about it coz I know the difference between two. and its better if you all also understand it .

Posted by 68704 on (December 7, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

Finally an Australian writer that has something good to say about Ricky Ponting. Strange isnt it that Australia"s most successful batsman and captain of two world cup winning teams and the captain of the best test team for a decade has been discarded and pilloried because he lost the ashes! The top three batsmen in the world Sachin, Dravid and Ponting are all at least 36 and Kallis the next is getting there. Yes Ponting has not been at his best for some time now, but the signs are all there that he will at least hold his own if not dominate in the next year or two.The last two innings have demonstrated that he has still the desire to continue and more critically has the capability to take on the best and that means Steyn. I feel he can and will make runs against India. As Australia"s most successful post war batsman, he should be given the perk of sensibly deciding when he will leave rather than be pushed out. sridhar

Posted by   on (December 6, 2011, 13:36 GMT)

technically sachin is best with blend of attack and defence with superb technique ricky has many flaws even lara dravid technically gud but again he is not aggresive sachin and lara are best they have faced quality bowlers and scored in all countries and are rated by 1990- to 2000 bowlerslike donald pollock wasim waqar ambrose walsh todays bowlers are useless except styen zaheer vaas lee gillespie ntini only

Posted by   on (December 6, 2011, 13:30 GMT)

ponting fan from india this is for you harbjan srinath are not in a league of warne and magra warne is greatest leg spinner okkk use your brains harbhajan joke bowler

Posted by brp2009 on (December 6, 2011, 13:11 GMT)

@cheeka, Ponting faced all the aussie fast bowlers in 1990s !! Now you want to bring domestic season in the mix !!! come on... Mcgrath has more wickets than any other fast bowler for a reason!!! @pontingfanfromindia-- You are comparing Srinath to McGrath? In any case, as long as anyone can score runs, they should keep playing regardless of age until that person wants to retire..

Posted by Cheekaaa on (December 6, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

Hello brp2009, u said ricky struggled against ishant, what he would have done against mcgrath, during 1990's ricky faced all the aussie fast bowlers and scored heavily against them. ur sachin, avg against SAF with donald and pollock shows 31 in test cricket and agains PAK he is only 40 (akram, waqar, akthar, ) so he is not at all good against pure fast bowlers......... Mcgrath was not threatning fast bowler. so sachin scored against him.

Posted by Cheekaaa on (December 6, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

Apoorv Pandey: first you check your cricket knowledge. Lara has not scored a century in india. Ponting has scored century in india......

Posted by   on (December 6, 2011, 9:22 GMT)

Ponting has come down on his ego and that is why he has scored two fifties.The fact that he advised Dravid not to retire in Oct 2010 came out in the openess through his mouth in 2011 is a clear pointer to his state of mind.Ian Chappell never considered Dravid as great and today he has achieved better numbers than Ponting. Ponting can still play at the lofty standards he set for himself or might succumb. No disgrace. He has nothing to prove to anyone. Let him play and he will leave before someone pats on his shoulder. This microanalysis is not required. Even if scores @100 from now on, he will never become another Sachin. Sachin Lara first and then Dravid Ponting Kallis in the pantheon of batting greats.

Posted by   on (December 6, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

@dms1972 Kindly tell me in which series that Tendulkar was pathetic ,Even the Disatrous series for India doesnt stop Tendulkar to fell to stamp the Authority yes last series against England where India white washed Tendulakar performed below his potential but never pathetic ,Your Ricky Ponting he was piece of Dust against our Harbhajahn in 2001 series doesnt know how to score or evenConnect his bat with Harbhajan Delivery same against Ishant Sharma in perth test and in 2008 indias home series against Australia,So please bringing Zim Bd series you dint have sachin pontings number

Posted by pontingfanfromindia on (December 6, 2011, 6:25 GMT)

@ brp2009 .hi bro, you said, ponting didn't face the likes of Mc grath and Warne, then to answer your comment.. did sachin face the greats of Kumble srinath and harbhajan ? ,,just accpet the fact that both TENDULKARE AND PONTING ARE EQUALLY GRET..OK

Posted by brp2009 on (December 6, 2011, 3:45 GMT)

@dms1972 -- Can't really compare Tendulkar and Ponting's numbers selectivey removing certain countrie... Ponting did not have to face McGrath and Warne... If Ishant can give trouble to Ponting what would McGrath have done against him...

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (December 6, 2011, 3:26 GMT)

not only sachin ,punter is way behind inzy and chanders too.

Posted by dms1972 on (December 6, 2011, 0:14 GMT)

For those talking up Tendulkar and tearing down Ponting, here's an interesting fact;

Take out the Test runs scored against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and their respective records are;

Tendulkar 13,507 runs @ 52.97 Ponting 12,085 runs @ 51.87

Some talk about Tendulkar facing better bowlers but Tendulkar has played many more games against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe than Ponting has, and as a result, his batting average and runs scored is greatly inflated.

Posted by MZEEM on (December 5, 2011, 22:43 GMT)

Tendulker is not the only batsman in the World of cricket. Currently there are many better batsmem than Tendulker. So I asked Indians. please, stop crying.

Posted by Kaze on (December 5, 2011, 18:04 GMT)

I'm sorry but some of the comparisons in the comments are ridiculous, Ponting close to Bradman lol. Neither Ponting or Tendulkar are as good as Allan Border.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

Ian Chappell..hahaha..ponting avrgs blw 30 or in abt 35..u prasing ricky ponting..nd sachin scrng heaps of runs nd u were critising Tendhulkar..that goes 2 show how u undersntd cricket! i agree u r good bt at tyms u r lyk every1 other coloumist..jealous with the no of runs scored by sachin!

Posted by 2929paul on (December 5, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

Ricky Ponting. Recognised in England as the ultimate Australian and despised and admired for it in equal measure. In 2005 he was the most prized wicket, followed by Gilchrist, and targeted from the off, and for good reason. If you can down the best, the rest will follow. When I saw him on his first tour of England I thought he would finish his career with all the records Tendulkar now holds and I could watch him all day - not something I could say of Tendulkar. The other legend of the era, Lara, matches him, in my opinion, for style and ability but does not have his grit and determination. I desperately want Ponting to leave the stage still at the top of his game and not the shadow of his former self that he has become in recent times. A few of his old trademark shots aside in his last couple of Tests, he's not looking so great any more and I'm not sure it will ever come back.

Posted by jay57870 on (December 5, 2011, 16:17 GMT)

What can Ian Chappell learn from Harold Camping? Camping has retired! And apologised! The longtime radio evangelist conceded he's been wrong with his faulty "Rapture" predictions. Remember he pronounced the world would end on October 21 this year, after his May 21 prediction failed to occur (not to mention his failed Doomsdays in 1988 & '94)! We all know of Chappell's infamous End-of-Tendulkar dictum in 2007, and his never-ending "use-by-dates"! The only reality: These shifty dates have come and gone, and Sachin is still there. And so is Ricky Ponting. And Rahul Dravid. As if these superb batsmen are perishable grocery goods - like meat & poultry - that need to be consumed before their expiry dates! How callous! Still, Chappell continues to play the age-card. Yes, Ricky still has "runs" and, importantly, a "life" left in him. The world has not ended. Enough is enough. Judgment day is here. Ian should take own advice: Think about his own use-by-date. Man up, Ian: Do it like Camping!

Posted by   on (December 5, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

dms 1972 pointing also gotchance to play against bangladesh also sachin faced scored both lara and sachin against aussies and against best spin attack lanka both sachin lara was great also pointing miserable failed inlanka and india he was good batsmannot great as lara and tendulkar or vivian richard dude if you comment firstly check your cricket knowledge

Posted by dms1972 on (December 5, 2011, 12:53 GMT)

The records of Ponting and Tendulkar minus Tests against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe;

Tendulkar 13,507 runs @ 52.97 Ponting 12,085 runs @ 51.87

Interesting.

Posted by dms1972 on (December 5, 2011, 12:04 GMT)

Read the article on the greatest team ever and all you Ponting-haters who think he is over-rated will see that against the better sides between 1999-2007, Australia's era of dominance, he scored 5447 runs at 66.42

Posted by prozak on (December 5, 2011, 11:28 GMT)

Lets remember this article is about Ricky Ponting. If you want to comment about lesser batsmen look for an article written about them. I'm sure there are plenty around. Punter is the best batsmen since Bradman but his retirement can't be far off without some big scores coming up.

Posted by josh2david on (December 5, 2011, 10:54 GMT)

I agree with Ian Ricky is one of the great batsman, If Dravid and Sachin hang on to the team why can't Ricky then ? Ricky is very competitive and great fighter and his attitude definitely inspires the young players. I think Ricky's contribution won more matches than Sachin, so individual score is irrelevant.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (December 5, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

@CRICINFO .PLEASE DON'T PUBLISH ANY ARTICLE RELATED TO PUNTER OR SACHIN BECAUSE EVERYTIME AFTER ARTICLE THERE IS LOT OF WAIST COMMENTS FROM INDIANS & AUUSSIES ON COMPARING BOTH THESE GREAT PLAYERS .

Posted by RandyOZ on (December 5, 2011, 9:55 GMT)

Ponting has no one to live up to, because he can't reach the Don and that's the only bloke ahead of him in terms of any stat really.

Posted by bimbi4u on (December 5, 2011, 7:42 GMT)

He is biased with RTP and when compared to SRT, JK & RD. Moreove if this was the case with all the other three apart from RTP he would have commented that they should retire and make way for better youngsters and have done so. Further a person who is commenting should look at his records and he has not crossed more than 45 during his international playing years. RTP has been out of form for the past two years and during this time this commentator has hugely recommended the player of his records made earlier. Further RTP has scored his fifties out of sheer luck only. I normally dont like this commentator's comments and do not suggest any one to read that as well.

Posted by muski on (December 5, 2011, 7:18 GMT)

Ian- If not for anything, Ricky will continue to be in the team as there are no serious contenders for his spot. Those calling for his head like Cains, Healy or Mark Waugh seem to miss a point here. In Healy's case there was a certain Mr Gilchrist who was breathing down his neck. Same too with Mark with guys like Slater and Hayden giving him a run for his money. Dont worry too much over Ricky. He will prolong his career by atleast another one year with a 500+ series against the Indians with their half baked pace attack. The Fab 3 in the Indian team are there to give him the necessary motivation that age means nothing in test cricket ( if you still have doubts ask Geoffery Boycott)

Posted by Capt.Hilts on (December 5, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

I think Ponting is putting too much pressure on himself with age factor constantly bothering him. He shouldn't be bothered by his age and if he is fit enough to play and is playing good, he can play at whatever age he is. Same goes for Katich who was dropped for Age. So if he goes back to domestic cricket and regains his touch, he can make a comeback, Age is too much overrated by cricketers nowadays. He should set India Series as a point to assess if he needs to go back to domestic cricket or not.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (December 5, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

With all respect to Ian Chappell, I tend to say he is hypocrite when it comes to giving such "valuable" comments about a player's "used-by-dates". He has two measures all the time. He got one for the Australians and another for the other players. To be more precise, he says "there is more runs in Ponting still" just because he played two pull shots from back-foot. That was enough for him to "extend" the run for Ponting. The same Chappell was after Sachin's retirement because he didn't score a 100 for a few months. Pull shot or no pull shot Ponting last scored a 100 in test almost two years now. And Chappell believe Ponting should play "substandard" to what he is playing now. Whatever he means by that but, a Number 4 batsman in a test team should have 100's to show against his name and Ponting doesn't have any to show in the last two years. Come on Chappell, gimme a break.

Posted by akhilhp on (December 5, 2011, 4:46 GMT)

Surprise Surprise.... Suddenly Chappel has realized that making centuries are not important... Few days back he was criticizing Sachin for making 90s and 70s ...

Posted by Critic30 on (December 5, 2011, 3:40 GMT)

2 years without a century, yet Ian claims Ricky's got something in him. Remember his infamous, "Mirror Mirror" article on SRT ?

Posted by Srini_Indian on (December 5, 2011, 3:30 GMT)

Well, even my grandma would run through this lolly pop batting line up of Australia

Posted by WC2011Champs on (December 5, 2011, 2:55 GMT)

Not worried about Ponting for India series. But then worried about Indian bowling. If any batsman is struggling for form his best opportunity to regain form is against Indian bowling. They don't know how to keep the pressure on. If Ponting could play one innings like WCQF he would want to assert himself.

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 5, 2011, 2:23 GMT)

My guess why Ian chappell support ponting not sachin when sachin was struggling. In India we have abundance of batsman. we lack bowlers. In australia , still batting revolve around ponting until kawaja start making centuries. They have to get rid of michael hussey before ponting. Without poting clarke is exposed as a batsman. Clarke can bat well against spin because he has good footwork. he is not good against fast bouncy ball ( he is almost like any indian batsman). Ponting is different. he can attack in worst situation. He is a pressure absorber. if there are many young good batsman available , same Ian chappell would say ponting should retire...lets say warner and huges makes double century , ponting makes 60 , he will say ponting should retire...Ian chappell play...devils advocate role always....as a analyst...what is the use of going with jingoistic crowd.... it is nothing to do with sachin vs ponting like other indian fans thinks.

Posted by MinusZero on (December 5, 2011, 1:14 GMT)

The problem is that I am certain there are players of the future, probably 10-15 years younger who could score consecutive 50s. Ponting delays future development by staying in the team. The greater good would be for him to retire. Unfortunately, there is too much money at stake and thats why these dinosaurs wont willingly vacate their position.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 5, 2011, 1:10 GMT)

BTW, I would love to see Ponting making mid to high 40 centuries and Dravid make close to mid 40 centuries. Next, once Ponting is gone, tell me whose murderous pulls are you going to watch? Once Dravid is gone, whose classic, all along the ground pulls are you going to watch? NONE. Please leave these guys alone. For God's sake! If only Ponting can just be a little bit more measured in his behaviour, he will be even more loveable, not that he is any less loveable now. The only big black mark in his career was that Sydney Test of Jan 2008. But I've forgiven him and moved on since then and am praying for his success now. Yes, I myself can't believe it. Such is the joy he gave us. We started watching these guys Ponting, Sachin, VVS, Lara, Dravid, Kallis when we were in our teens or early 20s. It's really sad to see that these Greats are almost in the closing chapters of their stupendous careers. Let's give them their space. They've given us so much to cherish.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2011, 0:51 GMT)

Agreed with the artical,wat i belive he is all time great batsman,who has scored every where in the world on every track,now against india series he is going to deliver double ton,this is the time ricky show us your real class ...you are all time great..

Posted by SpartaArmy on (December 5, 2011, 0:46 GMT)

It is hard to understand how Chappell thinks. He predicts some thing and exactly opposite happens;he changes his mind and writes an article to cover his earlier faltoo predictions. I hope he stops predicting, and only writes what he observes.

Posted by Patchmaster on (December 5, 2011, 0:40 GMT)

At Mel-waas. I've seen that game (on an archive reel) and it should be showed to any batsmen who's limped off for bad light, or who flinched at fast bowlers ! It's incredible, he had old fashoined useless bating gloves, no helmet, paper thin thigh guard, no inside thigh guard, no chest guard - all facing bowlers that would make this aussie attack look limp. There's PLENTY of runs in Ponting, plus what better advisor to Clarke than Ricky, who's seen it all.

Posted by RandyOZ on (December 4, 2011, 23:16 GMT)

Why wouldn't Ian be supporting the 2nd greatest batsman of all time, its a fair call.

Posted by CanTHeeRava on (December 4, 2011, 23:11 GMT)

I was one of those who prayed that Ponting would do well in Jo'berg because if he hadn't scored that 50 there he would have gone out of this side unceremoniously. Ponting deserved better and I am happy that he is scoring again. Having said that I cannot emphasize enough how biased Ian Chappell is. While I like most of his brutal, unforgiving insight into cricketing matters, he is biased when it comes to Ponting. One cannot overlook the perception that he waited for Ponting to score a couple of 50s to write this article. Chappell has conveniently forgotten Ponting's statement that he was inspired to go further by Rahul Dravid. Dravid had nearly lost his place before he scored that century in Mohali. He has come back because he got lucky in that innings. The brave should be humble when luck favours them. No one is taking anything away from their ability.

Posted by Vishnz on (December 4, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

Heaven forbid I agree with a Chappell, but I do in this instance. Remember how everyone said Rahil Dravid's career was over just over a year back? On his current form I can't see him being dropped for at least two years. Whatever opinion we Indians may have about Ricky Ponting as a person, I admire him as a batsman. Pugnacious, classy, never-say-die etc etc. It does irritate us Indians that he compares himself to Sachin, but let us be honest, he is in the same league as Sachin and Rahul and both of them are performing so well into their late thirties. Leave Ricky alone. His swivel pull is stroke one catch watch again and again and again; one of a kind.

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (December 4, 2011, 22:44 GMT)

Prediction: Ponting will be forced to retire after the series against India -- not because India's a great bowling side but mostly because his time is up. A scratchy, mostly lucky, fifty against New Zealand is no confirmation that he's back in form.

Posted by Mel-waas on (December 4, 2011, 21:56 GMT)

What a flip-flopper, Ian is ? he has been calling for Ponting's head for almost a year. And now he is running the other way. Age is only a number. If Brian Close at age 45 can face up to the fearsome West Indian pace attack of 1976 (that too without helmet) why Can't Ricky, Sachin & Dravid play on for few more years.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (December 4, 2011, 21:45 GMT)

For once, let us rise above our parochial mindsets and understand that players like Ponting, Kallis, Sachin, Dravid, Lara are a rare breed and they do know when to call it a day. In the meanwhile, these Ians, Gregs, Sanjays keep asking all sorts of questions as they can imagine. Listen to what Ganguly said just yesterday, I think. He said, "Don't talk about the age of a Ponting or Sachin or a Dravid". Leave these players alone. They know when to quit. Enjoy them for as long as they entertain us in their own trademark different ways; for as long as they keep giving their own perspective of Test Match Cricket with such unique styles. Once they are gone, their contrasting styles are gone forever and we will never get to watch them again. Cricket will be that much poorer without them. What's there to talk about their retirement? Their mere presence in the team is good enough for youngsters to take suggestions from them. Leave these Greats alone. Thank you all.

Posted by dvp1 on (December 4, 2011, 21:16 GMT)

Ricky has definitely been placed in the team for helping the younger guys to adapt to international arena and you have to appreciate the aussie selectors for it.No one in the current aussie lineup or even active cricketers all over the world has as much experience as Ricky.Been in 4 World Cup finals and won 3 of them - 2 as captain.Also most number of test matches won as skipper.If Ricky retires now,Aussie cricket will be in complete doldrums.

Ppl have different opinion abt form - this guy just played a brilliant 60 odd against SA which was crucial to drawing the series in SA - I dont think it gets any better than that,maybe unless you are Chappell brothers whose sides used to be regularly thrashed by the Windies and these guys used to make centuries just for the namesake.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 4, 2011, 20:06 GMT)

I don't care what others say, I feel Punter has still so much to offer Australian cricket. He's a class act and it's frustrating to see how people had written him off. He's still one of the greatest Australian captains in my opinion. I have immense respect for the man. Having met him personally once, I can say that he's a humble, friendly and casual guy. I am hurt whenever there are talks about dropping him. I would like to see Sachin and Ricky bow out of the game together. These are larger than life persons and they deserve all the adulation. I am sure Ricky is gonna have a good summer against India. Mr. Ian Chappell, thank God you finally came to your sense buddy.

Posted by jjk1493 on (December 4, 2011, 19:42 GMT)

ohh ian how biased you are...you were calling for sachin's head when he averaged in the 30s...yet your saying your boy ponting has "runs left in him" when he hasn't scored a century in almost two years...also he's averaging like 20-30s...what a pathetic joke..next you'll get on jacques kallis if his average drops to the high 40s...

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 19:41 GMT)

Such a hypocrite I tell you.. The same Chappell was suggesting Tendulkar to ask the mirror.. Looks like Mirrors don't talk in Australia.. l

Posted by pankajdeshpande on (December 4, 2011, 19:19 GMT)

HOW IT WORKS: Inside Ian Chappell's Brain

@Patrick Clarke, interesting observation about Ian Chappell not supporting Tugga, tubby and some other aussie players.

What that proves is Ian's bias is not nationalist bias. Ian has some fixed ideas of cricket romance and based on that he gets in to selectively praising or selective criticism in an effort to influence final outcome. Thats why his readers find his stance often inconsistent and amusing.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 18:59 GMT)

Pleased to see him among the runs.With Dravid and Sachin in good nick and Ponting shaping up well,Ind-Aus test series could be an exciting exhibition of elegant batsmanship ........Just hope Ponting plays that series.

Posted by pankajdeshpande on (December 4, 2011, 18:52 GMT)

Also, People forget how much the AUSSIE next-gen (Khwajas, SMarsh, Callums) could learn by having Ricky around in dressroom. Just like Rohit, Pujaras, Rahanes are learning by sharing dressing room with Rahul, Sachin ...it would be an education to 'em - watch great men prepare, play, plan. but most importantly they can pass on winning habbits to next gen which they'll take huge time to build themselves.

Posted by pankajdeshpande on (December 4, 2011, 18:51 GMT)

That Ricky should continue is another matter.....I feel just like sachin and Rahul He'll get back to form. But surely what you need is a confident Ricky and not the one on trial and under pressure to prove. All of us should be supportive of this man. And trust me Ponting half as good at his peak would still get you loads of runs! So leave him alone.

Posted by pankajdeshpande on (December 4, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

Ian Chappell disappoints me ...he should celebrate all great men of our time (Lara, Rahul, Sachin, Kallis, Warne, Murali and Ponting) rather than selectively praising some or pulling down some just because he would like to have it that way. The fact wont change because he doesnt like it. And history will remember all of them as bloody good players!

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 4, 2011, 18:44 GMT)

I really hope ponting make century in all Tests against india.That will shutdown certain section of cricinfo readers. hahaha.

His nemesis Ishant sharma is coming with big inswinger. Hope it won't be same story like last time. Ponting needs to practiceihow to play Inswingers. Best way is attack ishant sharma with other batsman by the time sharma bowls to ponting , he would have lost all confidence. If no zaheer khan Ishant will lose his brain completely..he has already no brain now. With all his skills , he should be one of worlds best bowler. Major reason is less brain activity. His wrist is still a mess when he was releasing the ball. He has exagerated palm/finger movement when he releases and it shows up what he is doing...batsman can ready for any ball because all his secrets are out open.

Posted by Major_Hammad on (December 4, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

Just 1 sentence, "Ponting is the most best batsman after Don Bradman!"

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 18:39 GMT)

An interesting article, considering that Ian Chappell had quite different things to say about Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh when they were struggling for runs in the final years of their international careers. I wonder why?

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 18:39 GMT)

Well, it's a pity that we Indians find it hard to rise above petty things like revenge, bizarre comparisons and pointless remarks. To comment on someone like Sachin, Dravid, Ponting, or Chappell for that matter, one needs to possess a certain stature. One cannot comment about legends, or legends in the making without the basic qualification. Of course, one can comment as a fan, but again there are certain limitations to it. Mr. Chappell has been a great servant of cricket and so has been Mr. Gavaskar and the likes of them have earned the right to make independent judgements. There's nothing wrong with someone like Mr. Gavaskar being a bit partial towards Rahul Dravid, an Indian legend in the making, while making his judgement. The same applies to someone like Mr. Chappell. If he's a bit bias to an Australian legend in the making, it's his prerogative and there's absolutely nothing wrong with it.

Posted by zico123 on (December 4, 2011, 18:34 GMT)

Ian, you are hypocrite of the highest order. When international players are going through a bad patch they should retire, like Tendulkar, Dravid, etc. Ricky has been pathetic by any standards over the last couple of years and he should go on!!!!!

Posted by zico123 on (December 4, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

Ponting would scores fifties here n there, once in 5-6 innings, if Australian selectors are happy with that and prefer to invest the time on very old Ponting rather than a youngstar

Posted by zico123 on (December 4, 2011, 18:30 GMT)

it is big illusion to think Ponting is back in form after scoring runs against this weak NZ attack, rather it is his best chance to walk away on the high.

Posted by zico123 on (December 4, 2011, 18:28 GMT)

not long ago Ian Chapell said Ponting has passed his use by date, and now he is saying he is still good enough!! he has written off Sachin and Dravid few years ago, when they still scoring heavily now!! just shows how poor Ian Chapell's analysis are, he should stop making comments and writing columns

Posted by zico123 on (December 4, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

Ian Chapell is calling for youth in Indian team at expense of big 3, on the other hand defending very old Ponting ahead of youth in Australian team, how double standard is that !!

Posted by pankajdeshpande on (December 4, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

People forget how much the AUSSIE next-gen (Khwajas, SMarsh, Callums) could learn by having Ricky around in dressroom. Just like Rohit, Pujaras, Rahanes are learning by sharing dressing room with Rahul, Sachin ...it must be an education to 'em - watch great men prepare, play, plan. but most importantly it is to pass on winning habbits.

But surely what you need is a confident Ricky and not the one on trial and under pressure to prove. All of us should be supportive of this man. And trust me Ponting half as good at his peak would still get you loads of runs! So leave him alone.

Ian Chappell disappoints me ...he should celebrate all great men of our time (Lara, Rahul, Sachin, Kallis, Warne, Murali and Ponting) rather than selectively praising some or pulling down some just because he would like to have it that way. The fact wont change because he doesnt like it. And history will remember all of them as bloody good players! We should enjoy the treat while it lasts!!

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 18:24 GMT)

A person who has been following Cricket from decades now says something like this "if he's prepared to play at a slightly lower standard, he can still be a useful contributor", it really hurts and confirms the point of his being biased totally. It could be a different debate about Ponting being good enough to prolong his career but in a team there must not be any place to deliver at lower standard.

Posted by cric_follower on (December 4, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

Ian you are hypocrite of the highest order. When international players are going through a bad patch they should retire, like Tendulkar, Dravid, etc. Ricky has been pathetic by any standards over the last couple of years and he should go on!!!!!

Posted by arvin on (December 4, 2011, 18:03 GMT)

ponting will have runs until he scores most test runs and 100's in next 10-12 years or until his body refuses to move... record hungry aussie will keep him in team until then...

Posted by RARD on (December 4, 2011, 17:29 GMT)

I think Ricky should definitely call it a day.There is no question that his peak 2003 to 2007 coincided with the retirement/decline of great bowlers like Wasim& Waquar,Donald & Pollock,Ambrose & Walsh.I have always admired him since he has been a gutsy & a pesky player and should walk into any alltime great Australian team.He can still score runs against mediocre/substandard attacks like Newzeland & India (in Australian conditions). I will respect any decision he takes.

Posted by WC2011Champs on (December 4, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

Ian, Ponting is eking out a career. Keep supporting him and whichever way you put it we are having fun. One fifty in about 7-8 innings is all you are going to get out of him.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 17:13 GMT)

Well, Sachin was struggling for form and playing scratchily, Mr. Chappell argued that "he was eking out a career"...it was brutal as well as cruel. Now Ponting scores a brace half centuries, he s not eking out or sticking like a barnacle. he can continue to play because " if he's prepared to play at a slightly lower standard, he can still be a useful contributor..". Well Mr. Ian Chappell remains one of my favourite commentators but i could not disagree more with him then and now as well.

Posted by Naren on (December 4, 2011, 16:53 GMT)

@muralikrishna: While Sachin scored his 2 90's in Indian dustbowls. Where 600s and 700s are the order of the day. Ponting's last two innings are in winning causes in challenging conditions. Let us wait for the Australian tour before we conclude into something.

Posted by nnvv on (December 4, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

@Randyoz, look man, I see that u r a big fan of ponting. But for u to say that he is the second best batsman of all time puts you in the same category as those tendulkar fans who think tendulkar is greatest of them all. Think about your claim. And the talk of 52 consecutive matches.... start from the BEGINING! Not any pattern that gives the best average.. start from the BEGINING, thats how DB made it for god's sake...

Posted by Kaze on (December 4, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

@ Aussasinator Lol are you serious, bowling standards are better now. In 2001-04 when Ponting was in his prime you had Pollock, Donald, Ntini, Flintoff, Vaas, Murali a bit of Akram etc. If you want to talk mediocrity let me point out one Sachin Tendulkar, he has always been an abject failure in SA and yet in the last series there he made runs. Know why, mediocre bowling. SA didn't have the usual standard, Pollock had retired so Sachin could fill his boots with cheap runs. People make too much of Steyn he is terribly overrated. If he had to bowl to Hayden , Langer, Gilly etc he would get carted. Don't worry Ponting will play till hes 60 and 100 test hundreds ;)

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

During a match he was a commentator, where he said that he says few things which may happen. But when that does not happen, he may look like a fool. Its part of his job. That is what he does and writes an article where controversies are created. Writing anything on Sachin makes him popular and the article sells easily. When the world is against Ponting, he supports him. When people are loving Tendulkar, he comes with some thing against him.I just ask a simple question - though Tendulkar,Ponting,Dravid may play for few more years, When we will see Ian Chappel retire from writing/commentary stuff which is so predictable nowadays? Just like in the game, we need some young man in the commentary box - may be Ponting to replace Ian Chappel.

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (December 4, 2011, 15:57 GMT)

Generally, I like Ian Chappell's views. But clearly he has a huge bias when it comes to Ponting. I remember when Dravid was going through a bad phase, Ian Chappell was insinuating that Dravid should be dropped and Pujara should be played ahead of him. Now, why not ask for Ponting's removal, Ian?

Posted by wagon_wheel on (December 4, 2011, 15:50 GMT)

Chapell reeks of double standards....

Posted by LakMak on (December 4, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

Chappell brothers are known for their biased views. Sometime they just get ridiculous and laughable.

I remember the same writer writing off Sachin a few years back when his form was low, and very recently suggesting that Rahul should retire to pave the way for youngsters like Pujara. However, he prefers to take a different view in the case of Ponting. Not that I don't like Ponting, but I just feel that Chappell's inconsistent views for different players is a bit strange

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 15:34 GMT)

We all know Ian is an open critic which we don't see often with commentators around the world but to be an impartial open critic requires an attitude and wisdom that are seldom associated with Ian. So I have started thinking now a days if Botham was right!!!!

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 15:24 GMT)

So quick to point out the positives in Ponting and so quick to point out the negatives in Sachin. It cant get more partial than this. Dislike!

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (December 4, 2011, 15:16 GMT)

@randyoz: what to speak of a so called great,if you are to filter only third of his innings. clearly nationality is prevailing in yours and Ian's comments.

Posted by DubaiSiva on (December 4, 2011, 15:06 GMT)

Two days back, when Ponting was not out on 60 odd I read about how lucky he was to survive lb appeals and survive the day. Now just two shots - quote"Consequently, those two shots, the one at the Wanderers and then the satisfying one at the Gabba, were good signs, as he tries to prolong his successful career." unquote is so important!!. Well done Ian. Great writing.

Posted by stormy16 on (December 4, 2011, 14:51 GMT)

I dont think Ponting should play at a 'lower' level getting the odd 50 here and there just enough to keep the axe away. I would much rather give the next Ponting a chance to fit in to the side and flourish rather than carry Ponting just because he was a great player. What's more as a top order batsman his role is to score big hundreds consitently and if that is not happening then he mustn't play and for a guy who hasnt got a hundered in over 18 months his days are surely limited to this summer. The only way he should play is if he gets big runs and thoroughly fullfills his role. I would much rather give a younger player those opportunities who may still scratch around the odd fifty but in a few years time turn out to be a star.

Posted by NarenPuppala on (December 4, 2011, 14:50 GMT)

As an ardent Punter fan, I can wait a several more below-par series for him to fire. Ponting in full-flight is as good a sight as any that world cricket has every showcased. I am as delighted as Mr Chappell with the two 50+ innings in consecutive games and those true-blue pull shots sound the warning bells: bowlers beware! It would be terrific to see him re-enter the fray of the highest runs and hundreds as well... Ah! Exciting prospects ahead!!!

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 14:49 GMT)

@spence1324 lol, India has replacements for them (not raina and yuvraj mind you), A non-Indian like you obviously won't know about them. BTW. who are the replacements for Hussey and Ponting who play both tests and odis unlike the Indians., remember australia's 'daddy's army' in 2006-07.

Posted by suni_kumar on (December 4, 2011, 13:52 GMT)

I agree with Ian, ponting should carry on as long as Sachin, it will be nice to show how wrong Ian will be again, mirror on the wall, suggestion of dravid's retirement, on oct 11 2009 Ian wrote Duminy's Great in making,.. Duminy is not even in the team.. :) all his pedictions turned out wrong, I am a Dr, if I did one such mistake I would be sacked, Ian should thank his luck for still getting paid for writing what we use black bin bags every week, I anticipated this "love" for sachin, the moment Don praised sachin, the world know how much Ian likes Don Bradman, if Don likes sachin, then Ian should hate, it is as true as universal truth like sun rises in the east. in short this is proxy war between Ian and Donald bradman.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 13:46 GMT)

@RandyOZ: Certainly, that must be the reason why Ponting failed to make it to Cricinfo's All Time Australia XI, while a certain contemporary of his made it to the All Time Test XI.

Posted by indianpunter on (December 4, 2011, 13:18 GMT)

@ RandyOz.. you mean the best "australian" batsman since Bradman, surely ! Because the best bat after Bradman is someone else, mate.

Posted by RandyOZ on (December 4, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

@JMan87, Ponting is the greatest batsman since Bradman, his steak of 52 matches where he averaged 76 is only second to the don. Make no mistake if Punter has been far better than anyone else in his time.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 12:15 GMT)

Ian Chappell always amazes me with his partial comments. He recently said it was painful to watch Sachin and is now praising Ponting for scoring a fifty. If I am not wrong Ponting has averaged less than 20 in tests over the last 12 months, where as Sachin has scored heavily. Sachin has not scored a hundred in his last 5 tests and that was enough to see the Chappell tongue wagging (don't forget the 2 90's he has scored). Ponting has a Test average of 18.84 since the start of last summer and has not scored a century since making 209 against Pakistan in Hobart in January 2009 and still Chappell continues to praise the odd 50 scored by Ponting. Bottom line is that Ponting is past his 'sell by date' where as Sachin Tendulkar continues to excel. Tendulkar is now so far ahead of Ponting that it would be an insult to compare the two. It is high time Chappell brother's concentrate on Australia and stop trying to belittle the achievements of Sachin Tendulkar.

Posted by NALINWIJ on (December 4, 2011, 12:12 GMT)

I am impressed with Clarke''s captaincy and handling of Lyon and other enterprising changes. There is more mileage left in Ponting than the last 3 remaining fab4 from India.

Posted by popcorn on (December 4, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

Ricky,I am looking forward ti you creamimg the Indians this summer!

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 4, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

If Punter can't score against two of the worlds worst bowling attacks in Kiwis and what ever the Indians can cobble together then he should quit.Even Chapelli now could score against the bowling line up of India.

Posted by BellCurve on (December 4, 2011, 11:02 GMT)

Dravid turned 37 on 11 January 2010. Since then he has scored 1838 Test runs, including 8 Test centuries. Ponting will celebrate his 37th birthday on 19 December 2011. If Ponting performs like Dravid after his 37th birthday, he will have 14500 Test runs and 47 Test centuries before his 39th birthday. Although it is unlikely that Ponting will overtake Tendulkar, it is still possible. That is why all Indians are so keen for Ponting to retire or get dropped. It's pathetic.

Posted by cheguramana on (December 4, 2011, 10:58 GMT)

If Ponting does get some form back, it can only be good news for Aus cricket. Quite unusual tho, a former captain playing as 'one of the troops'. As far as I remember, all Aussie captains, from Allan Border onwards (maybe even before) retired from captaincy and test cricket at the same time. Very different to subscontinental teams : just before Kumble retired, he had three former captains in his team : Ganguly, Dravid and Tendulkar. Earlier, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Azharuddin all played as ordinary team members after having captained their teams. Does it mean a cultural change in Aus cricket ? Is Ponting being given some extra support by the selectors, just to give him a chance to catch up with Tendulkar ?

Posted by Aussasinator on (December 4, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

Bowling standards are far better today than when Ponting was scoring big. Australia had no quality opposition attack those days. When the quick bowlers, bouncy bowlers, swing bowlers, spin bowlers etc. cropped up in England, Pakistan, India, SA etc. the net result was a dwindling average for Ponting and a more mediocre picture at the crease. Truth is he doesnt look a great batsman anymore due to the quality of the bowling he's facing now. But then to qualify as a great batsman you got to do well against great bowlers , essentially. Ponting may still keep playing for Australia for a while, but nobody's watching keenly. He's playing for himself as always, grunting and frowning, looking ugly, asking for replays and going about as if Australia has an obligation to keep him in the game forever, and young guns in waiting have to keep waiting.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

I remember the same writer writing off Sachin a few years back when his form was low, and very recently suggesting that Rahul should retire to pave the way for youngsters like Pujara. However, he prefers to take a different view in the case of Ponting. Not that I don't like Ponting, but I just feel that Chappell's inconsistent views for different players is a bit strange.

Posted by dr.jha on (December 4, 2011, 10:36 GMT)

as much as i would love ponting to carry on ,just as much i wanted sachin to ,when ian famously said he shouldn't... i just think ian should refrain himself from commenting on retirement of legends... not many ppl like that... least of all the player concerned..

its not classy..

Posted by squidhead on (December 4, 2011, 10:35 GMT)

Now I remember why I should never bother with cricinfo comments. Fully a third of comments here going on about Sachin or Dravid - not mentioned anywhere in the article, naturally, and a quarter just attacking the author or otherwise irrelevant. Sheesh guys, give it a rest will ya?

Posted by spence1324 on (December 4, 2011, 10:02 GMT)

I have to disagree with you mr chappell, I think for the india series he should stay just to prop up an inexperienced batting order,but then he should bow out and let the next generation take over. Look at the indian line up its full of batsman clinging on who are way past there sell by date such as seewag,laxman and tendulker and india have no idea who is going to replace them!

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 9:49 GMT)

Sure there was a glorious drive to bring up his 50, but you forgot to mention who was the bowler (Chris Martins, an honest trier but by no means a great bowler). Oh yes there were about 5 close lbw calls, dropped chance at forward short leg and run out of Usman Khwaja. Even with the last two fifties, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh have better test records than Ricky. Oh not to mention the famous slow century scored in world cup which made our task much easier. Truth is that Ricky┬┤s best years (2002 till 2007) coincided with a period when we had no great bowlers at their peak, so you have to take his records at a diminished value. Ian take a hard look at yourself. Since 30th March 2007, the day you famously asked Sachin Tendulkar to look at the mirror he has scored 4515 test runs with 14 centuries at 58.63. It seems you have spurred him to prove you wrong. Forget Cricketers, should there be a fair age for commentators to retire ?

Posted by Vpx23 on (December 4, 2011, 9:45 GMT)

Hey Punter. Keep going Man. We need guys like you to keep the Cricket Competitive & mean enough these days. Cheers! Buy the way get over the 60-70s blues where you have fallen very quite often. You are due a big 200

Posted by nayonika on (December 4, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

Having read the comments so far i can only say "come on guys"..Chapelli is a good Aussie who knows what to say when! When doing commentary in India he will go gaga over Rahul n Sachin and others, and back home he will go back to praising the Pontngs and others. Mind you i am still a Chappelli fan!

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Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

Ponting in his prime was pulling balls for six with ease with no risk, he was striking at 60-70 + runs per hundred balls sometimes quicker, He isnt capable of that anymore, his ODI hundreds havent been as destructive as a lot of his earlier ones. He is still a good player, still one of the best 6 bats in aus..thats why he is in the team.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

I did not even read the article. Reading the comments was enough. Ricky Ponting? Seriously??!

Posted by akpy on (December 4, 2011, 8:46 GMT)

Two wonderfully complementing brothers, the chappels...they should open a partnership firm called 'Buffoon & Joker Ltd'...

Posted by JMan87 on (December 4, 2011, 8:45 GMT)

@Gupta.Ankur "Chappell found it easy to ask the greatest batsman of all time to look in the mirror" exactly when did Ian Chappell ask this of Bradman? Would also like to know who is Australia's best batsmen of the last 15yrs is if its not Ricky Ponting?

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 4, 2011, 8:44 GMT)

I was pleased to see Ricky scoring runs in SA and now here. He is too great a player to be down for long. I would not have been happy to see Ricky ending his career on a sad note. His drives in that knock were lovely. I guess it is time for one final showdown between arguably the two best batsmen of the last 15 years - Sachin and Ricky. I don't think we will ever see them playing together again. That is sad but a way of life anyhow. I don't try to assign any roles to anyone here but this impending clash reminds me of the final clash between Neo and Agent Smith in Matrix Revolutions. I hope each one gives his best and comes out with the reputations enhanced. I would be mighty pleased to see both of them having 2-3 centuries at the end of the test series. Well, ok. Add Dravid and Laxman too to that list.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:21 GMT)

Classic I Chappel , writing anything for Countries Pride, joining the likes of Tony Grieg, Geoff Boycott, Nasser Hussain, Vaselin Vaughan

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 8:01 GMT)

I have to agree with every other comment here. Where was this micro-analysis when Sachin was going through a bad patch when Ian jumped to the conclusion that he should retire while things are still good? Sorry, but it seems that you like to thrive on controversial topics to garner as much attention, except when it comes to Ponting. It is very difficult to take you seriously when you have such double standards. Let us see if Ponting can handle Ishant Sharma on Boxing Day, or if he becomes his bunny again.

Posted by IndianaJones79 on (December 4, 2011, 7:41 GMT)

Mr.Chappell, what about moving ball, his falling over(He survived few close lbw shouts same way in last match against very very mediocre bowling and finally got out by same way), what about quality swing bowling/spin bowling? According to you one 63 runs inning is indication for you that ricky is good enough? Did you watch Khwaja? he was much more fluent and authoritative than Ricky...i was expecting that you were planning to show him "Mirror", especially when you showed Tendulkar "Mirror" when he was not half bad as Ricky right now. Shame shame....

Posted by vineetkarthi on (December 4, 2011, 7:39 GMT)

"It's doubtful if Ponting can consistently produce big innings like in his glory days, but if he's prepared to play at a slightly lower standard, he can still be a useful contributor to this young team." "Ponting is genuinely enthused about the young talent in the Australian side and he loves the role of mentor." So Ponting is doing it for a young team... "For some players their pride is such that it won't allow them to play at a slightly lower standard. Those players generally retire before the selectors can wield the axe. But even though Ponting has enormous pride in his performance, his desire to remain a competitor on the international stage is so strong, he's been prepared to lower his sights a little." "If Ponting is prepared to put up with those frustrations, and more importantly, the selectors' patience isn't thoroughly tested, he can still be valuable." He He He. IAN CHAPPEL'S IDEA OF HONEST OBSERVATIONS...

Posted by AbAdvani on (December 4, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

Ian Chappels statements keep vacillating like the sensex -sometimes, he says Ponting is biding his time -a couple of good footwork strokes and all of a sudden Ian is waxing eloquent -perhaps he is back to what the Aussies are best playing -mind games. Is his observation on Ponting's restored footwork coincidental or is he just trying to pyschologically unnerve the Indians a bit before they embark on the tour of Australia ? Difficult to make out what has led to his sudden change of opinion on Ponting.

Posted by nnvv on (December 4, 2011, 7:31 GMT)

There goes all the credibility for Mr Chappel...

Posted by Rahul_78 on (December 4, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

I just get a feeling that this Indian tour will be crucial for Ponting. India has a green attack under half fit Zaheer and an ageing bating line up. If Zaheer breaks down and still Ponting fails against Ishant and Ashwin then there will be massive pressure on selectors to sack him. Otherwise it is a great opportunity for Punter stamp his authority under home advantage and score loads of runs.

Posted by farkin on (December 4, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

there maybe runs in ricky still but there few and far between

Posted by timmyw on (December 4, 2011, 6:07 GMT)

@ deepak_sholapurkar - what a load of utter rubbish. Ian Chappell called for Dravid's dismissal when he was playing like garbage and not getting any runs over an extended period of time. He did the same with Ponting not long ago, and now that Ponting has shown signs of working out his flaws he is saying he has more runs in him. Perhaps you should read a bit more before making silly statements? In fact if you actually read the article like I don't think you did Chappell is hardly singing a glowing endorsement of Ponting in the team. This article has facts in it. That's it. How do you get more neutral than that? As for Ponting being the best batsman since Bradman... perhaps You should have said Australian Batsman. There's a case for that, RandyOZ, although reducing the criteria is by no means makes it cut and dry.

Posted by SanjivSanjiv on (December 4, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

It is good to speak positive of Ponting, but it would be better if Ian speaks always positive of all other great players, instead of criticising them at times. I need not to mention the other names. Sanjiv Gupta, Perth

Posted by Alexk400 on (December 4, 2011, 5:50 GMT)

Ponting was fighting every run...once few more runs , i think he should stay 3 more years steward the ship...if clarke alone opposition team attack him. Clarke score when there is no limelight or pressure. Australia won mainly because NZ choking. That was not test batting. May be williamson and doug bracewell came too early? Seems like they have all the skills for Test condition , It is application is the problem. Doug bracewell did not bend his back. His avg speed was 135 not good enough. with his action he will be deadly even at 142kph. Waqar younis style bowling , he need to up the speed 5-10kmph then he will become world class bowler. At present doug bracewell can be good enough to clean up tail with his yorkers at best.

Pattinson , cummins , lyons , aussies can rout india if aussie can bat. Key again fit zaheer khan , if no zaheer khan , aussies can sweep india. Same story like england will happen. if you remove sehwag quickly indian team is not good in foreign conditions.

Posted by henchart on (December 4, 2011, 5:43 GMT)

Let us be clear on one aspect-Ricky Ponting has been a far better and attacking batsman than dour and dull Rahul Dravid.In the Indian team only three batsmen are fluent-Sehwag,Laxman and of course the little master Sachin.

Posted by Gupta.Ankur on (December 4, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

Chappell's observations would have been credible.....had he been neutral in judging other great "non-aus" players of our times.....

Chappell found it easy to ask the greatest batsman of all time to look in the mirror, but has found it difficult to ask even ponting to retire....

who is not even best aussie batsman in last 15 years...

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 5:38 GMT)

Ponting is not a great player...he cannot score in india.....in tests.....how you classify him as a great??

Posted by Shareef28193 on (December 4, 2011, 5:23 GMT)

Ponto play for life #legend

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 5:12 GMT)

I am not sure why Mr. Chappell has double standards in judging two legends - Tendulkar and Ponting! Now he suggests Ponting should be prepared to play a slightly lower standard, but he questions why Sachin slowed down his flamboyance from the 1990s. Sadly the difference in his yardsticks is very obvious!!!

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 4:58 GMT)

ian chappel is back at his best branding ricky ponting it will interesting to hear his commentary in our(india) tour when sachin will also be there as will be rahul who have more runs than him but ya saying that i have always says that never rule out a legend if sachin, dravid can do it why not ponting we will have to carefull come boxing day

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (December 4, 2011, 4:54 GMT)

hypocrisy at its best. it only took two scratchy half centuries to wipe out 4 mediocre years.

Posted by RandyOZ on (December 4, 2011, 4:44 GMT)

The greatest batsman since Bradman, Ponting, will need to keep up this form to remain in the team. In my opinion unless he averages back in the 70s like he did in his prime, against India, he should hang up the boots.

Posted by deepak_sholapurkar on (December 4, 2011, 4:44 GMT)

I was expecting a neutral view from Ian Chappel, but its not happened. When Dravid was going through similar phase he has written that Dravid tobe dropped. But now he is having different view on Ponting

Posted by bbalaji3 on (December 4, 2011, 4:38 GMT)

Ponting in his own right is better tha Chappell brothers combined. So for the sake of Australian cricket it is better to show some respect to Ponting rather than saying that he is extending his career by his last two innings.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 4:32 GMT)

A lot of folks might hate Ricky for his on field conduct. But as an Indian, I must say - as a player - he deserves nothing but admiration. You don't get 12000+ Test runs by merely mouthing off. Beneath the peppery surface is toil, skills and passion for the game. He came into a good, and soon to be great team. As the greats left, his team became more beatable, and what was hitherto bravado of a winner became misplaced arrogance. He faced it, eventually forced to tone down - but never once did he walk away from the task of guiding the tyros. As the only remaining great in a faltering outfit he led by example, and when his form deserted him - he bought time with his experience and battle scars. Yes, he isn't universally loved but he's out there to battle it out from Australia and he sure has done that. I'm glad he finds a few more runs in him - once he's gone, cricket will miss him.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

no WAY RICKY IS NOT THAT CAPABLe................................................

Posted by squidhead on (December 4, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

First positive signs I've seen from Oz cricket for a while, and yep Ponting might have some life left in him yet. He still needs that big ton though - probably more than one - to keep the hounds at bay (I would have been one of them after the first test against South Africa) and who knows, with a big series against India he might even make the Ashes in England yet. The team seems to be working well with the new blood. Imagine how much better it would look though if Katich hadn't shot his mouth off - Hughes is surely out of chances.

Posted by ozlover4mnepal on (December 4, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

Punter's d man! Yes, he'll surely help Australia flourish with their new talents in Pattinson, Cummins, Khawaja! His days aren't over and he should retire on his own terms! I'm going to be disappointed when he's going to bid adieu to the most exciting game I've ever known!

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 3:48 GMT)

Ponting's best is yet to come.

Posted by   on (December 4, 2011, 3:48 GMT)

I am fan of Ian Chappell. But seriously there is more happening in world cricket so would appreciate if next article by Chappell is not about Ricky Pointing.

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Ian Chappell Widely regarded as the best Australian captain of the last 50 years, Ian Chappell moulded a team in his image: tough, positive, and fearless. Even though Chappell sometimes risked defeat playing for a win, Australia did not lose a Test series under him between 1971 and 1975. He was an aggressive batsman himself, always ready to hook a bouncer and unafraid to use his feet against the spinners. In 1977 he played a lead role in the defection of a number of Australian players to Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, which did not endear him to the administrators, who he regarded with contempt in any case. After retirement, he made an easy switch to television, where he has come to be known as a trenchant and fiercely independent voice.

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