Men of the Finals

Ponting pummels India

Ricky Ponting made the 2003 final against a resurgent India a no-contest with one of the finest batting displays in World Cup history

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  • joseph on January 21, 2015, 11:54 GMT

    Nervous Zak, Confident Martyn and explosive Ponting and first over sachin dismissial of Mcgrath. Team Aus was such a dominated side during that time

  • Dummy4 on January 20, 2015, 2:41 GMT

    It was downhill after that 15 run first over from Zak's. Ponting was at the peak of his batting powers. Australia decimated us.

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2015, 19:57 GMT

    @ Big_Poppa_94, None wants India to be unnecessary aggressive while their competence is much below than the opponents. That's exactly happened in 2003 final. Earlier India had been thrashed by Australia in such a way that garland of shoes had been put on Ganguli's photo in Kolkata and Tendulkar's effigy had been burnt in Mumbai. So there must be enough professional respect to the opposition who thrashed you. We want Indian fast bowler bowl 150 kmph and hit and bloody the opponent batsmen -- not scream like a mouse and stare like a pussy cat after delivering a 125 kmph nonsense.. The act itself would talk sufficiently. Marshal, Holding, Ambrose never sledged Australians. Still they (Australian players were much rough and racist in 80's & 90's) became mice in front them, because of their skill and power with ball.

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2015, 19:03 GMT

    It was at Wanderers, what do you expect. Any decent batsman will score big on such a batting paradise.. Though it was the finals, if you have a such a team with full of match winners, any good batsman would achieve this on Wanderers ! Wanderers seems to be even flatter than some of the Indian batting pitches :)

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2015, 16:42 GMT

    A great innings by a great player

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2015, 16:31 GMT

    Every batsman has a day in the game of cricket and that was Ricky's day who really bated splendidly well with fully utilizing his talent. He took the game away from India single-handedly. India applied every possible tactic to control his flow of runs but couldn't. That was Ponting at his best.

  • Rahul on January 19, 2015, 13:24 GMT

    Remember this match very well. I was among one of the hundreds who had got together in the Dundee university's cafeteria for this match. We were confident that if Ponting could manage such a score, our greats Sehwag and Tendulkar would surely do the same. Unfortunately, SRT tried to slog GM and got out at the very start, while Sehwag continued without any support from the other end. Sad end to a fantastic tournament for India.

  • Imthiyaz on January 19, 2015, 12:38 GMT

    I remember that day, I was with my girl friend in a Market , That time she was more important then the Final Match of Worldcup for me. I saw the match Jahir was Bowling r when i saw the score card the illusion to me was 15 runs for 5 overs , I was happy suddenly some one told me no its not 5 overs its just 5 balls , the illusion was .5 I guess , I was shocked, It would have better if my illusion was true. still that wan't sad for me you can why ? hehehehe

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2015, 10:10 GMT

    what can a captain do if your frontline bowler starts with wides and conceding 15 in the first over...and one of the main bowlers (Srinath) going for 86 in 10 overs...that was too many 12 years back...and no doubt the target was stiff but SA chased down 438 on that very ground... Sehwag proved it too with an attacking 82...but with no support from others, especially the so-called greatest batsman getting out in the very 1st over.... but after the start we got it was a big ahievement to get to the finals, marshalled brilliantly by Ganguly but we literally didn't have any answer to Ponting's masterclass... Worthy to win any final

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2015, 9:42 GMT

    At that time my 10th class(ssc) exams.Still i remember zaheerkhan started with wide.Wonder full captaincy from Gangully.but badluck

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