Ricky Ponting (Australian Cricketer)

Ricky Ponting (Australian Cricketer)

Ricky Thomas Ponting, was born in December 1974. He was an Australian Cricketer and legendary Captain. He lead the Australian team through the golden times through 2004-2011 when Australia won every single world cup in his captaincy. He is ranked among the greatest batsmen of all time in the history of cricket. He was right handed with occasional spin bowling.In the history of test matches, Ponting got 100 wins for Australia which is his record.

Early Life

Ponting was born in Tasmania and was the eldest of four children. He was the nephew of test cricketer Greg Campbell. He married his girlfriend Rianna in 2002 and they had a daughter born in Sydney. His uncle Greg introduced him to cricket and he showed good form in batting in Tasmania. He played club and domestic cricket and scored back to back centuries against Western Australia. He impressed Allan Border and played his first match in Newzealand in 1995.

Legendary Cricket Career

When Mark Waugh got injured, Ponting was selected. Ponting had his big break againt Australiain world cup 1996 in Sirilanka and India.He did not feared West Indian and smashed Curtly Ambrose to gain immediate attention.At Gaddaffi Stadium Lahore in the final, Ponting Scored 45 runs against Siri Lanka but lost the final.He made 229 runs in his first world cup.

Then he played against West Indies in the next series and was admired by the coach Bob Simpson. He played the Ashes series against England in 1997 but did not played in the ODIs. He scored 119 in three test matches against Newzealand in Home Series. He made his first test century against South Africa and scored 105 runs. He played his most dominant ODI season when he scored 462 runs. Australia won the Final agaist South Africa.

In 1998 Ponting toured Sub Continent. Australian bowlers struggled agiant Sachin Tendulkar. Australia was also knocked out against India for Sachin’s 141 runs in 1998 Willis Cup. But Pontign took his revenge from Pakistan when he played in all matches and Australia won 3 ODIS. After the retirement of Mark Taylor in 1999, Steve Waugh became captain. Pointing joined Steve Waugh with a 281 runs partnership. In the world cup ponting scored consistently against majority of teams and they comfortably won against Pakistan in the Final.

He started 2000 season poorly but he regained his form against Tasmania soon. He was promoted to No 3 in the batting order.He was also appointed as One day Captain in 2002 and swept series againt South Africa. He was responsible for white wash agianst Pakistan Series as well in 2003. During the problems in team due to injuries and Shane Warne being sent home , Ponting kept the moral of team higher. He was announced as the long term captain in place of Adam Gilchrist. In 2003 Ponting was also named as the Wisden Cricketer of the Year Award. He also completed his 5000 test runs in 2003. Ponting was the most run scorer for 2003 for Australia also.

In 2004 Ricky was appointed as the test captain also.Steve waugh retired and and said that Ricky was destined to lead this coutnry. He started agaisnt Sirilanka and swept the series. In the 2005 season, Australian team was in trouble most of the times. That is when Ponting scored Twin Centureis in his 100th test. He also won the first ICC Champions trophy for Austrlia.

In 2007 world cup, he completed his 10,000 runs in ODIs. He also became only the third Australian to socre 10,000 test runs. 2008 was a low year for Australia. Point scored his first test century in India scoring 123. He was again the captain of Australia for world cup 2011 but Ponting was out of form and Australia lost to India in the quarter finals.

Post Captaincy

Ponting resigned as captain after 2011 world cup he played in Australian summer 2012. Pontign made 2 test centuries and Austalia defeated India in Perth. He was later on retired from test cricket and appointed as Officer of Order of Australia on Aurtralian day. He played common wealth Bank series and also played for Tasmania and Surrey in 2013. In December 2015 a bronze statue was made in the honor of Ricky Ponting.

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