Ricky Ponting      

Full name Ricky Thomas Ponting

Born December 19, 1974, Launceston, Tasmania

Current age 43 years 183 days

Major teams Australia, Antigua Hawksbills, ICC World XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Somerset, Surrey, Tasmania

Nickname Punter

Playing role Top-order batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Height 1.78 m

Education Mowbray Primary; Brooks Senior High School, Launceston

Relation Uncle - GD Campbell

Ricky Thomas Ponting
    November 1992
    Starting young
    Ricky Ponting makes his first-class debut for Tasmania at the age of 17. He is the youngest player to represent Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield.
    February 15, 1995
    Disappointing ODI debut
    Makes ODI debut at the age of 20 and scores 1 against South Africa in Wellington.
    December 10, 1995
    Missing out on a debut Test hundred
    Makes Test debut against Sri Lanka at the WACA and is unlucky to be given out lbw on 96.
    December 3, 1996
    On the outer
    Is dropped after the second Test against West Indies in Sydney where he makes only 9 and 4. One match earlier he scored 88 against the same opposition in his first match at No. 3.
    July 24, 1997
    A maiden Test hundred
    Returns to the Test team with a bang at Headingley, batting at No. 6 and scoring 127, his maiden century. With Matthew Elliott he lifts Australia from 4 for 50 to 9 declared for 501.
    January, 1999
    Playing the naughty boy
    Goes nightclubbing after a one-day match against England and early the next morning is photographed with a black eye after being punched outside a Sydney bar. Receives a three-match ban and $5000 suspended fine, and admits to a drinking problem.
    February-March 2001
    Spin quandary
    Struggles against spin in India, scoring only 17 runs in five innings and falling to Harbhajan Singh each time.
    February 2002
    The man in charge
    Succeeds Steve Waugh as Australia's ODI captain.
    February-March 2003
    The World Cup champs
    Leads Australia's successful World Cup campaign in South Africa, scoring 140 not out in the final.
    December 26-30, 2003
    Double-hundreds galore
    Joins Bradman as the second player to score three double-centuries in a calendar year with 257 against India at the MCG. He reached 242 in the previous match and 206 against West Indies in April, helping him to 1503 runs at 100.2 for 2003. His performances would win him the 2004 Allan Border Medal.
    March 2004
    Captain in all forms
    Takes over the Test captaincy as well after Steve Waugh retires. Leads Australia to a 3-0 victory in Sri Lanka, his first assignment.
    October-November 2004
    Untimely injury
    A broken thumb keeps Ponting on the sidelines as Adam Gilchrist leads Australia to their first series win in India in 35 years. Ponting plays the final Test which Australia lose and take the series 2-1.
    January 2005
    Another double
    Scores 207 against Pakistan in Sydney to become only the third Australian, along with Don Bradman and Greg Chappell, to score four or more double-centuries in Tests.
    June 2005
    Beaten by Bangla
    Suffers humiliating defeat in an ODI against Bangladesh in Cardiff. It's the start of a torrid summer in England.
    July-September 2005
    An Ashes setback
    A heroic 156 saves the Old Trafford Test but, on September 12, Ponting becomes the first Australian captain since Allan Border in 1986-87 to taste defeat in an Ashes series.
    January 2-6, 2006
    The perfect 100th Test
    Ponting scores hundreds in each innings of his 100th Test, against South Africa at the SCG.
    March 24-28, 2006
    Joining Gavaskar
    Scores two more hundreds in the Durban Test, it's the third time Ponting's scored hundreds in each innings of a Test. Sunil Gavaskar is the only other batsman to achieve this feat.
    November 2006
    Champion of Champions
    Leads Australia to Champions Trophy glory in India, thereby winning the only competition that had eluded Australia so far.
    January 2007
    Regains the Ashes in emphatic style. Ponting is the Man of the Series - 576 runs at 82.28 - as Australia becomes the first team in 86 years to achieve an Ashes clean sweep.
    April 2007
    Another World Cup title
    Leads Australia to a hat-trick of World Cup wins, his second as captain, with an undefeated run during the competition in the West Indies.
    January 2008
    Breaking a barren run
    Ponting ends a 13-month century-less run with 140 against India in Adelaide, at the end of a controversial series.
    May 2008
    Next only to Sachin
    Scores 35th Test century, against West Indies in Jamaica, to pass Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara's tallies. Only Sachin Tendulkar is ahead of him.
    October 2008
    Ending the India jinx
    After averaging 12.28 in 14 innings, Ponting finally scores a century in India - a 123 in Bangalore.
    July 2009
    Ahead of Allan
    Passes Allan Border's tally of 11,174 during the Edgbaston Test to become Australia's highest run-scorer.
    July-August 2009
    Another Ashes setback
    Loses the Ashes for the second time, going down 2-1 in England.
    September 2009
    Champion of Champions … again
    Arrives in South Africa after a disappointing tour of England and successfully defends the Champions Trophy.
    January 2010
    Prolific Punter
    Scores fifth double-century, against Pakistan in Hobart, and narrowly misses scoring a double-century and a century in the same Test.
    March-July 2010
    A lean patch begins
    Disappointing tours of New Zealand and England follow, where Ponting manages just one half-century in seven innings. Australia win the New Zealand Test series, but slip-up against Pakistan as the series is drawn 1-1.
    October 2010
    Disappointment in India
    A tour that is a personal high for Ponting, but a poor one for Australia as they are beaten 2-0 in the Test series. Ponting makes three fifties in four innings but all in vain.
    November 2010-January 2011
    Despair in Australia
    Ponting presides over Australia's first Ashes series defeat at home since 1986-87. He makes just 103 runs in seven innings as Australia go down 3-1. Calls for his retirement intensify.
    March 19, 2011
    Unbeaten World Cup run ends
    Ponting's 26-match unbeaten streak as captain in World Cups is brought to an end as Pakistan win by four wickets in Colombo.
    March 24, 2011
    A hero in defeat
    India prevail in an exciting quarter-final in Ahmedabad, knocking out Australia but Ponting overcomes a poor run and criticism about captaincy to score a determined century.
    March 29, 2011
    Ponting resigns as captain
    Amid increasing pressure, Ponting steps down as Australia's Test and ODI captain but makes himself available for selection with an intention to play on.
    September 2, 2011
    A hundred Test wins
    Australia's 125-run victory in Galle was Ponting's 100th Test win. He was the first cricketer to achieve that staggering landmark. Shane Warne is second with 92.
    January 4, 2012
    A Test century at last
    After going two years, and 33 innings, without a Test hundred, Ponting finally ends that drought with a knock of 134 against India in Sydney. It's his sixth Test hundred at the SCG.
    January 24-28, 2012
    Defiant double
    Ponting finishes an outstanding series against India by scoring 221 and 60 not out in Adelaide. That lifts his series aggregate to 544, his third-best ever in a Test series.
    February 21, 2012
    A farewell to ODIs
    After being dropped from the CB Series because of his poor form - 18 runs in five innings - Ponting concedes that his ODI career is over. It's been quite a career too - 13,704 runs at 42.03, with three World Cup titles, including two as captain.
    November 29, 2012
    Ponting announces retirement from international cricket
    During a poor home series against South Africa, Ponting announces on the eve of the third Test in Perth that it will be his last. His decision to retire from international cricket came after he scored only 20 runs in three innings in the first two Tests.