Tuesday 25 September 2018

Ricky Ponting Profile


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Full name Ricky Ponting

Born December 19, 1974, Launceston, Tasmania

Current age 36 years 32 days

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

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Major teams Australia, ICC World XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Somerset, Tasmania

Ricky Ponting Profile

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 two Ashes defeats in England, the first since Billy Murdoch in the 19th century to achieve the feat, and stumbles to South Africa and India.

Those results haven’t stopped 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 has never lost a World Cup game. 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 than Ponting, who is a natural in the game’s traditional forms, but resistant to the perks of Twenty20, 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. These will be minor matters whenever he retires.

Fast Facts

* He is the only Australian to surpass 12,000 runs in Test and ODI cricket.
* He has the most number of half centuries and centuries for Australia in ODIs.
* With over 40 wins in tests and more than 150 ODI wins he is the most successful captain in history.
* He holds the record for the highest score of for a captain in a WC final (140).
* He has scored a century against every test playing nation and has the most number of centuries by an Australian, 39.
* He has the most consecutive test wins as captain, a record of 16 shared with Steve Waugh.
* He was named captain in Australia’s ‘greatest ever team’ chosen by some of Australia’s legendary cricketers.
* He was a part of the ICC World XI in Tests and ODIs combined a record 8 times.
* Ponting is one of only two captains to have led their countries to consecutive World Cup wins.
* He was adjudged Australia’s best Test player in 2003, 2004 and 2007 and Australia’s best ODI player in 2002 and 2007.
* He was conferred with the Wisden ‘Australian Cricketer of the Year’ honour for 2003-04.
* Ponting was named as the ICC ‘Player of the Year’ in 2006 and 2007.

Ricky Ponting Batting, Fielding and Bowling
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The above stats are as per date of this post.

Ricky Ponting Career

Test:
1995-2010

ODI:
1995-2010

T20:
2005-2009

IPL:
2008-2008

Ricky Ponting Test Matches

Debut:
Australia Vs Sri Lanka at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth – Western Australia – Dec 08, 1995
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne – Dec 26, 2010

Ricky Ponting ODI Matches

Debut:
Australia Vs South Africa at Basin Reserve, Wellington – Feb 15, 1995
Last played:
Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney – Nov 05, 2010

Ricky Ponting T20 Matches

Debut:
Australia Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland – Feb 17, 2005
Last played:
Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge, Nottingham – Jun 08, 2009

Ricky Ponting IPL Matches

Debut:
Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – Karnataka – Apr 18, 2008
Last played:
Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) – Apr 29, 2008

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