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Ricky Ponting
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Ricky Ponting

Australia|top-order batter
Ricky Ponting

INTL CAREER: 1995 - 2012

Full Name

Ricky Thomas Ponting

Born

December 19, 1974, Launceston, Tasmania

Age

46y 125d

Nicknames

Punter

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Playing Role

Top order batter

Height

1.78 m

Education

Mowbray Primary; Brooks Senior High School, Launceston

relations

(uncle)

TEAMS

Ricky Ponting, the most uncompromising player of his generation, grew into Australia's most successful run-maker and only sits below Bradman in the country's overall ratings. It takes an extremely critical eye to diminish his run-scoring achievements, which seem to collect new records in every series. Like spotting a celebrity, it's necessary to look twice when analysing Ponting, first as the archetypal modern batsman, then as the country's 42nd Test captain. There is no doubt about his greatness after taking guard, but his leadership has been under scrutiny for much of his reign. While his blade has sparkled, his stewardship is pock-marked by three Ashes defeats - two in England and one at home - and stumbles to South Africa and India.

Those results didn't stop him from becoming the most successful captain in Test history after passing Steve Waugh's 41 wins in the 2009-10 Boxing Day Test. In the same match he overtook Shane Warne's 92 victories as the most by an individual, and he led Australia to 26 consecutive undefeated (completed) World Cup games. He stepped down from the captaincy when that run ended, in the 2011 World Cup. For the first three years of his reign he was in charge of a superstar unit and did not have to decide much tactically, but once that group headed for retirement he had to change from a manager to moulder.

As a batsman the only debate is where to rank him in the high reaches of the game's greatest run-makers. Acclaimed by Academy coach Rod Marsh as the best teenage batsman he had ever seen, Ponting began with Tasmania at 17 and Australia at 20, and was given out unluckily for 96 on his Test debut. There were some teething problems, including a public admission of an alcohol problem, but the longer he went on the more he matured, building up records and runs.

He plays all the shots with a full flourish of the bat - the cover drive and the pull are particularly productive methods - and knows only to attack. His breathtaking, dead-eye fielding is a force in the game by itself. Only Sachin Tendulkar has more centuries in Tests and ODIs combined than Ponting, who is a natural in the game's traditional forms, but resistant to the perks of Twenty20, from which he retired from in 2009. There have been setbacks against probing seam attacks, high-class finger-spin and, latterly, short balls, which he insists are meant to be pulled or hooked.

After a fairly prolonged patchy run of form, Ponting announced that the Perth Test against South Africa in November-December 2012 would be his last international match.

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test168287291337825751.852278258.7241621509731960
ODI375365391370416442.031704680.39308212311621600
T20I1716240198*28.64302132.7802411180
FC289494622415025755.90821063090
List A456445531636316441.7434991950
T204843390998*22.72819110.98057525170
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test1683658727651/01/055.202.82117.40000
ODI375515010431/121/1234.664.1650.00000
T20I17------------
FC2891506813142/1058.073.23107.5000
List A45634926983/343/3433.624.6243.60000
T20482122311/111/1123.0011.5012.00000
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Steven Smith and Ricky Ponting have a chat ahead of the game
Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant shares a light moment with coach Ricky Ponting
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has a chat with Prithvi Shaw
Ricky Ponting makes a point to Shikhar Dhawan
Shreyas Iyer and Ricky Ponting have a chat during training
Contrasting emotions: R Ashwin, Mohammad Kaif, and Ricky Ponting watch the Delhi Capitals batsmen in action