The only Australia captain to have lost two Ashes series, though those campaigns sandwiched a 5-0 win at home; the only captain since Clive Lloyd to oversee two World Cup wins; a witness to some of Australia's most heart-breaking defeats, from Kolkata through Edgbaston to Mohali - Ricky Ponting has literally seen it all. In his Yahoo blog, Dileep Premachandran charts the landmark moments in Ponting's career as he looks ahead at an uncertain future.

In The English Patient, Katherine Clifton leaves Laszlo Almasy with the words: "From this point on in our lives, we will either find or lose our souls." After a tumultuous five days in Mohali, Ponting, the most decorated cricketer of his generation, might view his leadership in the same light.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo