Ricky Ponting October 19, 2012

'Champions Trophy wins rank just behind World Cups and Ashes wins'

As Australia look to defend their title, their former captain Ricky Ponting remembers highlights from the previous editions
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How important is the ICC Champions Trophy for players?
It's a very important tournament for the player when you consider that the 50-over game has been a bit maligned over the last few years, with how big T20 cricket has become so quickly. The big tournaments you play in are the ICC World Cup and the Champions Trophy, so it's a very big and important event for the players.

And the fans?
I think the fans place it in the same regard as the players, especially the way the Champions Trophy is formatted now, with fewer teams than originally. I remember when I started playing Champions Trophy, almost all of the Associate nations were playing. In the UK in 2004, we played USA in the group stage - the game was over six overs, [us] chasing just 65. It was a pretty ordinary advertisement for the game, but the last tournament in South Africa in 2009 was the best run, and the most well-organised ODI tournament that I've been a part of.

Fans appreciate the shorter and compressed format as there are no real wasted games - the best eight teams are playing each other, the tournament's done in two weeks or so, and they get to see high-quality cricket in every game.

How important is the one-day game to the future of cricket?
ODI cricket is in a really interesting phase right now. I love 50-over cricket and I love Test cricket - they are my two favourite forms of the game. But you can see how just how big and how important the T20 game has become for world cricket in only a short period of time.

One-day cricket is certainly important in Australia's eyes, with us hosting the next World Cup. The one-day game is vitally important to this country. But I think it'll be really interesting to see what does happen to the 50-over game. I think the roles between T20 and 50-over cricket will probably be reversed - eventually we'll be playing more T20 and less 50-over cricket.

You captained Australia to victory in the previous two ICC Champions Trophy tournaments. How do the titles rank in terms of your career achievements?
They rank very highly, probably just behind World Cups and Ashes Test wins. The Champions Trophy eluded us for quite a while - the first few I played in were knockout tournaments and we got knocked out early on. When we were in India, beating West Indies in the final in 2006 was very special to us. Then we beat New Zealand in South Africa in 2009, which was a very good tournament for the team - we snuck through the whole tournament undefeated, despite a bit of a scare versus Pakistan in the last group game.

What is your best memory of playing in the tournament?
I have lots of fond memories of the Champions Trophy. My favourite was probably the 2009 final - it was a bit of a nail-biting final, although we got across the line four wickets down. Callum Ferguson injured his knee in the final, so we were a batsman down, chasing runs, and we lost a couple of early wickets. Shane Watson scored another hundred [after his hundred in the semis] and saw us home.

We went through that tournament undefeated, so that's very memorable. Thankfully, for me, we did that on a few occasions in World Cups and the Champions Trophy - and that's a pretty hard thing to do in one-day cricket.

You are the fifth leading run scorer in the history of the tournament, with 593 in 18 innings. What was your favourite innings in the ICC Champions Trophy?
My hundred in 2009 against England in the semis. We had to chase a reasonable total [257] at Centurion. Watto and I put on 252, and we chased it one wicket down. Watto ended up with 136 not out and I made 111 not out. The enormity of the situation - chasing a big total, being the captain, making a hundred and winning one down - that was one of my biggest highlights.

You've played, and won, the most matches as captain and have a win ratio of 80%. Are you proud of that achievement?
Yes, I'm very proud of that record. The last couple of tournaments we played some very good one-day cricket. Captain's records are only a reflection of how good their team and how good their players are - so I've got to be thankful for that.

Who were the toughest five bowlers you have ever faced in one-day international cricket?
Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Shaun Pollock, Murali and Malinga. The generation I've played in has some of the all-time great bowlers.

That list obviously doesn't include your formidable Australian bowling attack, which was crucial to your success, wasn't it?
I was pretty lucky in my captaincy to have [Jason] Gillespie, [Glenn] McGrath and [Shane] Warne - and, of course, Brett Lee, who will go down as one of the great one-day bowlers. We always had decent part-timers as well - [Andrew] Symonds, [Darren] Lehmann - those sorts of guys, who could do a job for you and were very handy. That was the one thing about our team - we always had great balance because we had guys batting in our top six who were always able to bowl a few overs, which is very important for any one-day team.

See the best eight teams in one-day international cricket take part in the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2013 - tickets for The Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston are on sale on 5 November at icc-cricket.com (pre-registration open now)

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  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | October 22, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @ Australian , pointless ? coz it showed true picture when compared with someone really superior?2008,is because,that was when his teammates retired and ganguly and kumble retired for India.(sample size is too small to consider after retirements of dravid and laxman.)It is since then he has been AVERAGE and not LATELY,as you would like to suggest.His inning in WC final was great,but so was Damien Martin's (or Chris Cairns' in champion's trophy final ), does that make his on par with Ponting ? NO.My point is,Ponting's achievements are very much enhanced because of his teammates .

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | October 22, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @natmastak_so-called. Pointless stats. Why you elected to mention from 2008 is a complete mystery to me. 2008 is certainly not lately, which is what I said? Why not just look at the last few series played? Sachin's recent peformances in series were well below par. Clearly a man at the end of his career and not his staggering best. Just like Ponting, which was my point .Both players at the peak of their career were pure champions. To say otherwise is cleary because you may not like the player. My first point to you. As an example, how do you rate Pontings WC final innings in South Africa? Was that average made extraordinary by extraordinary team mates?

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | October 21, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    @ Australian ,interesting stats these, since 2008 punter scores at avg of 42,well below his career avg52.,however Sachin scores at 55.5 just above his career avg. 55. and Sachin even had longer career than Ponting.

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | October 21, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @ Australian . you shouldn't have mentioned Sachin here.now ,please check on the stats of both after 2008 and then decide for yourself. and Sachin has had even longer career than punter. ( I am not a blind follower of Sachin,but nobody in his senses can deny that if is above his peers ).

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | October 21, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    @natmastak_so-called. You are right none. Not many Australian players have. He is at the end of a long career and is not what he was. Does not mean he is not a great player. Same could be said of Sachin. What has he done for Indian test cricket lately?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 21, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @maximum6 on (October 19 2012, 23:35 PM GMT) - ultimately I couldn't care less if there was only 2 Test nations - Oz & Eng. Of course I want to see Test cricket expand, but an Ashes battle every 2 years is the real cricket cycle!

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | October 21, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Next to sir Don Bradman, Ricky Ponting is the Greatest Cricketer that Australia has produced. The ONLY Captain afer Warwick Armstrong,85 years later,to inflict a 5 nil whitewash defeat over England in 2006 -07. The ONLY Cricketer to figure in the MAXIMUM no. of World Ciup and Champions Trophy Wins, 3 as Captain the World Cup,two as Captain in the Champions Trophy. The Test Captain with the MAXIMUM Number of Test Wins in Test history,the MOST prolific scorer in Tests and ODIs for Australia - and the BEST Fielder Australia ever had. Why couldn't Julia Gillard recognize our favorite son?

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | October 21, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    @ Australian , how many wins he orchestrated after his fabled teammates retired ? and please dont mention his recent freebies he got against India .

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | October 21, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @natmastak_so-called. Surely you can see past your clear dislike of Ponting and see he is a great player. Go take a good look at his stats and the influence he had with bat in hand to many an Australian win.

  • POSTED BY reddawn1975 on | October 20, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    The Ashes is just something the subcontinent countries fans just dont seem to get or will ever be able to it's about fierce rivalry passion the the will to win over 5 long days of world class cricket.Yes test cricket is long but its the real game.T 20 cricket is fun but way to short and not really showing any real high quality moments the 50 over game must live it a game a real game 50 overs each side where you can watch someone make a massive score or behold a 10 over spell by a bowler on fire dont loose the passion for 50 over cricket fans just for the MONEY SPIN OF T20,,,Love the game

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | October 22, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @ Australian , pointless ? coz it showed true picture when compared with someone really superior?2008,is because,that was when his teammates retired and ganguly and kumble retired for India.(sample size is too small to consider after retirements of dravid and laxman.)It is since then he has been AVERAGE and not LATELY,as you would like to suggest.His inning in WC final was great,but so was Damien Martin's (or Chris Cairns' in champion's trophy final ), does that make his on par with Ponting ? NO.My point is,Ponting's achievements are very much enhanced because of his teammates .

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | October 22, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @natmastak_so-called. Pointless stats. Why you elected to mention from 2008 is a complete mystery to me. 2008 is certainly not lately, which is what I said? Why not just look at the last few series played? Sachin's recent peformances in series were well below par. Clearly a man at the end of his career and not his staggering best. Just like Ponting, which was my point .Both players at the peak of their career were pure champions. To say otherwise is cleary because you may not like the player. My first point to you. As an example, how do you rate Pontings WC final innings in South Africa? Was that average made extraordinary by extraordinary team mates?

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | October 21, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    @ Australian ,interesting stats these, since 2008 punter scores at avg of 42,well below his career avg52.,however Sachin scores at 55.5 just above his career avg. 55. and Sachin even had longer career than Ponting.

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | October 21, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @ Australian . you shouldn't have mentioned Sachin here.now ,please check on the stats of both after 2008 and then decide for yourself. and Sachin has had even longer career than punter. ( I am not a blind follower of Sachin,but nobody in his senses can deny that if is above his peers ).

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | October 21, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    @natmastak_so-called. You are right none. Not many Australian players have. He is at the end of a long career and is not what he was. Does not mean he is not a great player. Same could be said of Sachin. What has he done for Indian test cricket lately?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 21, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @maximum6 on (October 19 2012, 23:35 PM GMT) - ultimately I couldn't care less if there was only 2 Test nations - Oz & Eng. Of course I want to see Test cricket expand, but an Ashes battle every 2 years is the real cricket cycle!

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | October 21, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Next to sir Don Bradman, Ricky Ponting is the Greatest Cricketer that Australia has produced. The ONLY Captain afer Warwick Armstrong,85 years later,to inflict a 5 nil whitewash defeat over England in 2006 -07. The ONLY Cricketer to figure in the MAXIMUM no. of World Ciup and Champions Trophy Wins, 3 as Captain the World Cup,two as Captain in the Champions Trophy. The Test Captain with the MAXIMUM Number of Test Wins in Test history,the MOST prolific scorer in Tests and ODIs for Australia - and the BEST Fielder Australia ever had. Why couldn't Julia Gillard recognize our favorite son?

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | October 21, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    @ Australian , how many wins he orchestrated after his fabled teammates retired ? and please dont mention his recent freebies he got against India .

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | October 21, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @natmastak_so-called. Surely you can see past your clear dislike of Ponting and see he is a great player. Go take a good look at his stats and the influence he had with bat in hand to many an Australian win.

  • POSTED BY reddawn1975 on | October 20, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    The Ashes is just something the subcontinent countries fans just dont seem to get or will ever be able to it's about fierce rivalry passion the the will to win over 5 long days of world class cricket.Yes test cricket is long but its the real game.T 20 cricket is fun but way to short and not really showing any real high quality moments the 50 over game must live it a game a real game 50 overs each side where you can watch someone make a massive score or behold a 10 over spell by a bowler on fire dont loose the passion for 50 over cricket fans just for the MONEY SPIN OF T20,,,Love the game

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | October 20, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    average player and captain made extraordinary ,by extraordinary teammates .

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | October 20, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    I think he deliberately didn't mention about bhajji,ishant and kemar roach .

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    well i think he forgot to mention Harbhajan in the category of toughest bowlers he has ever faced....

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    HI I AM A BANGLADESHI.I THINK RICKEY IS THE BEST CUPTAIN IN AUSTRALIA CRICKET.I THINK HE IS THE BEST WORLD CUP CUPTAIN. SO I WANT HE COME BACK AGAIN AUSTRALIA AGAIN....

  • POSTED BY on | October 20, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    although infamous for his antics on the field, It was and always will be a treat to watch a batsman of Ponting's calibre in full flow.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 19, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    @SomeWhatTrue-I do not think you will ever see Ashes series lose importance. I do not think it possible for any reason, any more than India Pakistan.Of course other series are important, that is not the point. It's just a fact of life.Losing to Aussies is just so ghastly....

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | October 19, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Even though I don't like some of Ponting's antics on the field, I have to say that he is unique in possessing excellent captaincy and batting record in his career. Not many can claim that.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 19, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    @Anubhav Agrawal - no mate, non-Sachin fans the world over all accept that Dod Bradman was the greatest batsmen, the debate is about who is 2nd best. As an Ozzy, I would definately have Sachin in my Best Team I've Seen XI, but am unsure if I would select him in an all time, I think his legacy is waning due to playing on too long. I think he might be planning a last hurrah against Oz, (all power to him), I think his last bits of greatness will only be produced in the sub-continent from now on. He'll set a career run tally that will not be beaten in a long time, but will end up (IMO), known as a great or stayed on too long. Lara retired near his peak & will always be remembered fondly as a genius, time won't diminish.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    @boxer44 - you are doing great injustice to Ambrose and Walsh. They were both gr8 WI pacers during Lara's time. Lara didnt have to face them either. :) I do not understand why people compare batsmen. All 3 are great in their own rights and devastating in their day at any surface against any opposition. I consider myself lucky to be brought up in a generation which saw them at their best. The thing with these 3 and the fact that makes them above class batsmen like Dravid, Kallis et al is that at their peak, the surface didnt matter, the opposition didnt matter, the location didnt matter at all -- they just let loose sheer talent down the throat of a choking opposition.

  • POSTED BY Hammond on | October 19, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    @SomeWhatTrue- we give that much importance to the ashes because it is the singular reason why cricket is an international game today. Without the rivalry between the early colonial Australia and England cricket would have remained a regional English summer sport, not as it is now- in the top 5 international sports on the planet. As for Ricky's opinion, can't wait til he just goes away, what an embarrassment to Australia he is/was/will be.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Lehmann average, you wouldnt be saying that if he were still playing right now

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | October 19, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Interesting. He named Murali and Malinga among the Top 5 bowlers he has ever faced. Malinga to Ponting (one of the greatest batsman of our time) is in the same league as Akram, Ambrose, Pollock, and Murali. Surprised Steyn, Donald, Waqar, Walsh, Harbhajan, or even Akhtar weren't on that list, but Malinga made it?

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | October 19, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    he will be long remembered not many captains never mind players who can say they have lost 3 ashes. an if hes still playing by the next australian leg of the ashes he can add that to his list, 3 captain and 3 player only ashes losses has a great ring to it .

  • POSTED BY cescfabregas09 on | October 19, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    There are always some players in the team which are the captain's favorites..... For Ponting they were Lehmann and Symonds.... Although Symonds was good, Lehmann was quite average.... and whats more he has mentioned these players in the interview

  • POSTED BY sabeeh89 on | October 19, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    @arifzakaria81

    There is no place for logic and reason on a cricket forum. You should know that by now

  • POSTED BY sabeeh89 on | October 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    @SomeWhatTrue

    People talk about the history and all of that with the Ashes but it is just another series to non-Australian and England fans. The fact this rivalry is limited to just the test series (there is not much hoopla when England or Australia cross paths in other forms of the game)

    If you are from Pakistan or India, a Pak-Ind match is the next biggest thing after a World Cup, regardless of format.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    @BenGeorge-mgr810qa..............on top of that bowlers of those certain countries got better day by day even with the HD cameras.................

  • POSTED BY TrueFactors on | October 19, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I dont understand why Auzzies and poms are giving that much importance to Ashes. For me its just two nation series, and can never be close to any world-level championship tournaments.

  • POSTED BY cricketloveruk on | October 19, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    I think 50 over games is still as important as it was in the past, because that real test of a players ability

  • POSTED BY TrueFactors on | October 19, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    I agree. Champions trophy is greatest after world cup, and Ind-Pak matches or Aus-NZ matches, or WI-SA matches. What is left? Ashes has completely unnecessary importance. I can not even consider them as matches as tournaments. Its just a series between two countries. Every team has their favorite rival team where they give their best. It does not mean that is better than world series.. I put Champions trophy right after World cup. If Ponting has said that, I would have appreciated his attitude and sportsmanship. Two nation series can never be bigger than world series or even multinational series.. Just like Ind Pak has their own issues, Eng Aus has their own personal issues, and they kept it on ground. Its not bull fight, its a sports, and game. True cricketer shows better performance when it concerned, - at global leve, higher level games and against better opponents..

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | October 19, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @EngineerKhan: Most dismissals do not necessarily mean that it is difficult to play mate.

  • POSTED BY boxer44 on | October 19, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Imho Sachin, or Ponting is not as great a batsman as Sir Brian Charles Lara. I btw do not like Lara as a person, but after reading all the comments about who Sachin and Ponting faced or didnt just remember Lara faced all the greatest bowlers in their generation as the West Indies didnt have any quality bowlers he did miss out on those runs *sorry Windies fan* I dare say that I would pick a wall on my team second to Lara's first. Dravid earned the name the WALL.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 19, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    India was the first country (and the only country, till West Indies won the T20 WC couple of weeks ago) to win all ICC trophies. Australia, SA, SL, Pakistan et al have yet to achieve that distinction (contrary to all the chest thumping by their fans here)!

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Posted by Meety on (October 19 2012, 03:59 AM GMT)

    All time Ozzy ODI XI - 1. MWaugh, 2. Gilly, 3. Ponting (c), 4. G Chappell, 5.Symonds, 6. Bevan, 7. MHussey, 8. Warne, 9. Lee, 10. Lillee, 11. McGrath - 12th D Jones. No place for matty Hayden, AB, Pup, Martyn, Watto, Bracken, Tait or SO'Donnell!

    Since your team doesnt have Mark taylor, Steve Waugh, Matty Hayden I say sir you are not a good selector

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 19, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    i think champion's Trophy is good. Every game is important and there are no obvious walkovers unlike World Cup which is largely exhibition games for the first half. To people who want to scrap ODI's in favour of t20 I would say that this form is really too short to enjoy as a proper game. The innings change over as soon as one gets settled into the match. I would not mind playing 40 over ODI's though, if change were felt necessary as this is an easy length of game to enjoy and quite fast moving.In any case Champions Trophy should be retained in my view.

  • POSTED BY Big3BOSS on | October 19, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    In olden days due to technology, it would be at least 4-5 series before batters would figure out tricks of a bowler like Mendis or Warne. Now due to technology team study videos, use simulations to adjust quickly. The surprise element of bowlers is short lived now days while in previos days it took few series to understand it. Batters in previous days thus had disadvantage. So comparisons of batters of varios era were. Also mindset of teams has changed . Not long ago 250 was a great score in ODIs and now 250 is below par score. Fielding has got lot more importance in current era but in past it was unnecessary evil for many teams.HD cameras has reduced the chances of ball tampering and thus decline of bowlers of certain countries has happened. Neutral umpires now gives touring team atleast chance equal advantage in terms of decsions and I am sure Gatting and Botham would agree to this point . Besides comparing different eras players is like comparing cars of different decades.

  • POSTED BY cescfabregas09 on | October 19, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    well surprisngly he didnt mention the name of the bowler who troubled him the most...... THE RAWALPINDI EXPRESS

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Tests matches are still the real create. T20's have taken over. Its the one-day games that have become really boring ... especially between 20 and 40 overs. Its time One-day format changed. I like Tendulkar's recommendation. You Play one-day game like a test match, except that it will be a 20 overs innings... That will take out the boredom of 20 to 40 overs twice in a game. It will take out the toss out of the game. And it will give a chance to the other team to come back in the game. Plus it will be like I can watch the 2nd half of the game as if its a T20 game. And Time can be shrunk to 6 hrs game. Thats a win-win situation for one-days

  • POSTED BY arifzakaria811gmail.com on | October 19, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    This debate on who has been best batsmen is dumb and creates unnecasry rift between fans of all countries. For example Tendulkar never got to face Indian bowling (weak always). Maybe if he faced Indian bowling for a decade he would have got a 1000 runs more than what he has. It is a team game and individual performances may reflect differently when team stats come into picture. Another issue is one always seem to look through patriotic glasses. Therefore for Pakistanis ,Waqar and Wasim are best ever and for WI Marshall, Holding etc. Also they are players from different era and different circumstances . There is no common baseline to compare. Today ,technology is quick to capture weakness of batters and teams exploit quickly the bowlers tricks. In previous ages it was only after a batter had faced a bowler in few series would they be able to understand the tricks of bowlers. Now days the teams know via video analysis the tricks of bowlers or weakness of batters b4 a series even starts

  • POSTED BY masoodali150 on | October 19, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Ricky Ponting A great player. Like this player once comes and never again. but the class of great players have steps. He is better than Inzi & Sachin but Not Lara.

  • POSTED BY Blazedragon on | October 19, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    @jimbond: That's funny, you should try checking his record in games involving Amborse, Akram. Akram is an overrated bowler anyways. Was constantly bowling at the tail to better his stats.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Can we please not bring Sachin in every discussion...it becomes a bit tiring

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 19, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is hedging his bets. He knows it that it is not too long that he can only play in T20 as would Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    @ Smith Robertson. There will always be that debate Smith because we as Indians feel that Sachin has been the best batsmen ever, WIndians will say that Lara was greatest and Aussies will go with Don and now Ponting, that's just about nationalism but we a cricket fans feel that all of them has been super legends and were dangerous for most of the opponents they played during the career.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | October 19, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Didnt this score the most amazing 100 in the 2003 WC final?

  • POSTED BY real26_03 on | October 19, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    You are the best Ricky... Your record is absolutely amazing and it was a pleasure watching you to bat...

  • POSTED BY timtom on | October 19, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    As some one commented here ,wud love to see Ricky play Ashes and get beaten for the last time...Ricky please dont change urself ...Be arrogant all the time whether winning, losing, in form or out of form... It is what has defined australian cricketing culture under your captaincy..You sound like a cat now unlike roaarring days...

  • POSTED BY ravikb on | October 19, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    &Tahim, what I said earlier was the way he talks these days you don't fee that touch of arrogance he had when he and his team were at peak. He was so successful, that was the reason why he was behaving that way like demanding the ICC Champions Trophy from Sharad Pawar and pushing him out of the stage.

  • POSTED BY creekeetman on | October 19, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    50 over games have become increasingly boring... imo they should be scrapped altogether in an attempt to increase test cricket. But test cricket also needs a make over, it has been suggested that a two division test league should be set up, i'm all for that, at least then more of the one sided games would be eliminated. As for 20/20, no doubt thats here to stay, at least for a while, and altho i dont really watch ipl, tests should not be played during the ipl, at least then we would'nt see depleted teams, i rather watch tests between full strength teams.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | October 19, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @Facebook User. Don't look now, but it is not Ponting that has changed. It is you. You are no longer as intimidated (by AUS), no longer as scared, no longer as angry - these things follow each other. Then they led to the Dark Side :-) It's called 'projection', by the way.

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | October 19, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I like how he dodged that last question. Somehow I suspect he would have played Warne better than many people regardless. I really dislike his cockiness but cannot help but respect his ability. He would have played his own bowling attack well, although it most definitely would have dented his averages a bit.

  • POSTED BY srini_jana on | October 19, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    How about a World Cup for every year in a four year gap? 2011. 50 Overs World Cup 2012. T20 World Cup 2013 - Champions Trophy, 2014 - Top 4 Test Teams for the last 4 years can play a Semi-Final and Final to choose the Test Champion of the World. Sincerely I would like to see the fourth one happen soon to revive Test Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Bollo on | October 19, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @FFL. You`ve inspired me ... to check out the overall results for England vs Aus teams (with Ponting) re.your contention that England wins have been par for the course for years and years. Keep reading, you might be surprised.

    In tests, Ponting vs England: 20-9 In ODIs, Ponting vs England: 26-11 In T20s, Ponting vs England: 2-1 Overall, Ponting vs England: 48-21...woops

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | October 19, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Ambrose and Akram were indeed among the very best, but Ponting flowered only after these two retired. In fact, my perception is exactly opposite to that of Ponting. His generation has had very few great bowlers, and he was fortunate that two of them (Warne and Mcgrath) played for Australia.

  • POSTED BY ThumpingWin on | October 19, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    You are the best Ricky...I wish you played few more years...You bring something that other captains cant in a game and that is competition, urge to win and be no 1,agression...None of the current captains of any time have these...Cheers to you mate...

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Before you say anything, I'm an Australian and rate this guy obviously than the small man himself. I seriously feel had Rick Ponting played just as enough matches, he too would've achieved over 101 career centuries. Now about this 50 over game dying please fans seriously? people need to read history on why ODIs came in the first place then you can question it. I feel that because Test Cricket is soo long and T20 is soo short which even the best of batsman and bowlers can get embarrassed, ODIs are games where for me everything is balanced neither the duration is long nor it is short in the middle. Its not ODIs that are dying its tests that are dying and lets just admit it. ODIs are getting a stiff because of meaningless same repeated series like England-Australia where they played a series this year and again same next year see my point?

  • POSTED BY u.t.k.a.l on | October 19, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Ponting get retired and b a coach soon.....U r one of my fav players....i would love to see U as coach of India team and the captain should be Virat Kohli.... if my wish comes true thn i bet india will win all the matches :)

  • POSTED BY Tahir_Anjum on | October 19, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    @ravikb: dear down to earth means practical. wasn't he practical earlier??? then how can be so successful ???

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Funny how whenever a great batsman/player is mentioned, comparisons immediately begin with Sachin proving that Sachin is the benchmark of judging a cricketer's ability. BTW, Sachin never had a bowler half as talented as Warnie or McGrath or even Brett - like Ponting said, he was lucky to play alongside probably the best cricket team ever which resulted in him winning many trophies.

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | October 19, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @Seether1: Excellent reply man! With all those global trophies, Ponting is in a league of his own. The best player against pace bowling, and Lara was the best against spin.

  • POSTED BY ravikb on | October 19, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Ponting has become down-to-earth these days since he started seeing failures for the past 3-4 years. When Australia were winning everything under his leadership, he was very arrogant. Can't blame him though. Success gets to everyone's head no matter who it is.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    50 overs crickets is now the awkward middle child: it's not proper Test cricket and it isn't the all guns blazing, fun format that is T20. Tweaking powerplay, fielding and bouncer restrictions isn't going to change that.

    There was an idea (I believe first mooted by tendulkhar) to have two 25 over innings rather than a 50 over match. I think that idea would make 50 over cricket worthwhile again. It would be like a T20 test match! Better yet, in day/night games, each side would get a day and a night inning, which would level the playing field. Plus it sounds way more fun!

  • POSTED BY Nightwing32 on | October 19, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    To the person who said Shane Bond, Bond got injured to frequently so he never played consistently. I hope Australia gets behind the World Cup, I really do but hopefully tickets aren't going to be expensive.

  • POSTED BY RoJayao on | October 19, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Can't believe the comments here again, especially in support of another meaningless tournament. Why on earth do we need the Champions Trophy when there is already a World Cup? ODI cricket is a dying format anyway because all the other meaningless tournaments, for T20, are filling in any remaining gaps in the schedule, thanks to the greed of administrators. So what's the point? Why are all the fans such sheep, following their herders and handing over their soul, and money?! And quite frankly Pontings support of the Champions Trophy in rating it so highly devalues test cricket, other than the Ashes. I for one look forward to test series against India, South Africa and others far more than another drawn out, farcical limited overs tournament. Obviously Ricky is on another boat. It's called the S.S. SELLOUT!

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Let's hope he and Hussy can push on for a few more years but put the hand up when they are finished.

  • POSTED BY Seether1 on | October 19, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    @ajayrcs: Why would Ponting want to swop with Sachin? 3 World Cups, 2 Champions Trophies and many years atop the test rankings vs personal milestones. I think Ponting would be more than happy to keep his lot.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | October 19, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Hope he stays till the next ashes in England and wins it for the team . He deserves that.Best wishes

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | October 19, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Ricky - Are you still around? England are desperate to play you again. Desperate. We love beating an Aussie team with you in it, and you may have noticed that's been par the course for years and years. And will be for years and years to come.

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | October 19, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    The best batsman of the modern era. With a pull shot that is unparalleled. Despite the occasional petulance, he has loads of fans in India, and I even remember in our college cricket, there were guys who copied his style of batting to the T. Hope he carries on for two more years at least.

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | October 19, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Its amazing record he has but i want to ask him just one question is wil he be happy to swap his all records with Sachin's all record? Well i guess he will say Big NOOOO!

  • POSTED BY EngineerKhan on | October 19, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Interestingly he didn't mention Shane Bond's name there who got him 7 times in ODIs (which includes 6 times on trott in first 6 matches they encountered). And even interesting fact is that Shahid Afridi has dismissed him most number of times in this format (9 times)

  • POSTED BY ow012 on | October 19, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    well said mr.punter!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY roboh on | October 19, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    "I remember when I started playing Champions Trophy, almost all of the Associate nations were playing."

    Hey Ricky, pop quiz: how many Associate nations are in the ICC?

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    three peat is on the cards just before getting back the ashes. im backing the great man to be apart of both

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    ricky is a true legend of the game and his seriousness about champions trophy makes it even more important tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Greatest Captain ...My All time favourite player ,,,

  • POSTED BY suyash08 on | October 19, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Ricky pointing, one of the finest batsman I have ever seen. I like that he mention about his luckiness being caption Australia team with Great players like Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne which shows his down to earth nature.

  • POSTED BY ishud on | October 19, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Nice to see that u haven't forgotten anything Ricky. Let's wait n see whether ur prediction of the roles between T20 & 50-over cricket being reversed will come true! It's more likely that the 50-over game will remain a predominantly international format whereas T20 will continue to grow as a franchise dominated format.

  • POSTED BY Bilal_26891 on | October 19, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Nice to read an interview on one day cricket, that too of one of the greats.For me, too, ODIs have been the best exhibition of Cricket in modern day game.Test has class and T20 has fun but ODI has both.........

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 19, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    All time Ozzy ODI XI - 1. MWaugh, 2. Gilly, 3. Ponting (c), 4. G Chappell, 5.Symonds, 6. Bevan, 7. MHussey, 8. Warne, 9. Lee, 10. Lillee, 11. McGrath - 12th D Jones. No place for matty Hayden, AB, Pup, Martyn, Watto, Bracken, Tait or SO'Donnell!

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | October 19, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    very good interview

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  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | October 19, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    very good interview

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 19, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    All time Ozzy ODI XI - 1. MWaugh, 2. Gilly, 3. Ponting (c), 4. G Chappell, 5.Symonds, 6. Bevan, 7. MHussey, 8. Warne, 9. Lee, 10. Lillee, 11. McGrath - 12th D Jones. No place for matty Hayden, AB, Pup, Martyn, Watto, Bracken, Tait or SO'Donnell!

  • POSTED BY Bilal_26891 on | October 19, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Nice to read an interview on one day cricket, that too of one of the greats.For me, too, ODIs have been the best exhibition of Cricket in modern day game.Test has class and T20 has fun but ODI has both.........

  • POSTED BY ishud on | October 19, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Nice to see that u haven't forgotten anything Ricky. Let's wait n see whether ur prediction of the roles between T20 & 50-over cricket being reversed will come true! It's more likely that the 50-over game will remain a predominantly international format whereas T20 will continue to grow as a franchise dominated format.

  • POSTED BY suyash08 on | October 19, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Ricky pointing, one of the finest batsman I have ever seen. I like that he mention about his luckiness being caption Australia team with Great players like Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne which shows his down to earth nature.

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Greatest Captain ...My All time favourite player ,,,

  • POSTED BY on | October 19, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    ricky is a true legend of the game and his seriousness about champions trophy makes it even more important tournament.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | October 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    three peat is on the cards just before getting back the ashes. im backing the great man to be apart of both

  • POSTED BY roboh on | October 19, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    "I remember when I started playing Champions Trophy, almost all of the Associate nations were playing."

    Hey Ricky, pop quiz: how many Associate nations are in the ICC?

  • POSTED BY ow012 on | October 19, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    well said mr.punter!!!!!!!!!