Ricky Thomas Ponting is a former Australian cricketer who was a right-handed batter, and he won two World Cups as the captain. After 10 years of retiring from cricket, Ponting is still the second-highest run-scorer in test cricket and third-highest run-scorer in ODI. Also, he is one of the players who have won the Cricket World Cup three times consecutively. And in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, he was the captain of the Australian Cricket team.
- Full Name: Ricky Thomas Ponting
- Born: December 19, 1974
- Age: 48
- Height: 5 ft 10 in (178cm)
- Nationality: Australian
- Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
- Batting Style: Right handed
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Ricky Ponting was so good in domestic cricket that selectors had no second thoughts regarding choosing him. He was named to the international squad in 1995 to play in the quadrangular tournament. His first match was against South Africa, where he was able to score 1 run. In the second match, he was not out and scored 10 runs. The show began when he played against India, where he made 62 runs, and there was not a single boundary that he hit.
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1996 World Cup
In the 1996 World Cup, Ponting’s place was at number three. As a youngster, Ponting was great as his campaign ended with scoring a total of 229 runs with a 32.71 average. There was a match where Australia’s innings were devastated, and Ponting single-handedly scored 45 runs in the final match. Also, In the semi-finals, he was able to manage 41 runs.
1998 Tours and Ashes
At the start of 198 tours, Australia’s journey was not going properly, and Ricky Ponting was also struggling. While his test cricket was not good, but his ODI games were going smoothly. But, Ponting was never known for his sportsmanship spirit, as he was conducted a code of conduct for many times. After that, there was a series against Pakistan where Ponting completed the series with 215 runs with a 107.50 average.
1999 Australia’s Glory
After retiring of Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh was selected for captaincy in the World Cup. In the world cup journey, Australia’s first match went well, along with two straight defeats, and Ponting scored 33, 47, and 49, respectively. Then there were no impressive and significant scores played by Ponting.
There was a match against South Africa where Ponting, alongside Steve Waugh, where they managed to win the match. Waugh scored 120, and Ponting made 69 runs. The final match was against Pakistan. At that time, Pakistan had the most powerful attack. But they only managed to score 132 runs. In return, Australia took only twenty overs and two wickets. And Ponting made 24 runs in that innings at the third wicket.
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2003 World Cup
2003 was the year when Australia won their third and consecutively second World Cup. Ponting was the captain in that campaign. And Australia’s performance was outstanding as they have won all of their 11 matches in the World Cup. They dominated the tournament and were undefeated. In the final against India, Ponting knocked 140 runs from 121 balls, and Australia made 359 runs in 50 overs. And they won the match by 125 runs (a record in a final match).
2007 World Cup
After the 2003 World Cup, Ponting managed to complete five thousand test runs. And after that, there was not a single team who could stop the Australia’s domination. And again, in 2007, Australia was the favorite. After Steve Waugh announced his retirement from test cricket, Ricky Ponting was appointed as the test captain. In 2006, Australia also won its first Champions Trophy.
In the 2007 World Cup, Australia started the tournament by winning all of its group matches. Ponting started the journey by scoring 113 runs from 93 balls. In the third match against South Africa, he scored 91 runs and wrote the history as he was the seventh player to reach 10,000 ODI runs. The rest of the tournament went nicely as Australia lifted their fourth World Cup trophy.
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Ponting was the third Australian batter to reach 10000 runs in test matches. But, later 2008, he could not show his performance. In 2008, Ponting scored his first hundred in India. In 2009, the domination of Australia started to end as they lost against England in the Ashes. Also, In 2011, Australia again lost the Ashes, and after that, they lost in World Cup 2011. And this made Ponting to announce his retirement.
After retiring, Poting managed different coaching roles, from IPL team Mumbai Indians to Australia’s interim coach. Right now, he is the head coach of Delhi Capitals, and till now he has managed to take Delhi to the playoffs but has yet to win a trophy. Ponting is one of the players who have won three consecutive World Cups and have 10,000 runs in both test and ODI.