Ricky Ponting: The Aggressor

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Ricky Thomas Ponting, also known as Ricky Ponting, was born on 19th December 1974 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. He is an Australian cricket coach, former cricketer and commentator. He is one of the most successful captains in international cricket history. His father's name is Graeme Ponting, who was a club cricketer and his mother Lorraine Ponting was a state Vigoro champion. He has three siblings and he is the eldest among them. His Uncle Greg Campbell was also a cricketer and played Test cricket for Australia team in 1989 and 1990. Rianna Cantor is Ricky Ponting’s wife. They both were together and dated each other for a long time, and got married in June 2002. The couple has three children, born between 2008 and 2014. Ricky Ponting’s centuries almost always became the talk of the town because they were beautifully crafted. He was the first person to score two centuries in his 100th Test match.

He announced his retirement from Test cricket on 29th November 2012 and the Perth Test Against South Africa was his last match. It was his 168th Test match. Ricky Ponting’s IPL history is relatively brief and nothing to boast about. In March 2013, he announced that he would be the first international player in the Caribbean Premier League. But after one month, he announced that this season would be his last, as he would be retiring from all forms of cricket after the season.

Ponting’s Achievement and Awards Achievement and Awards

  • Ricky Ponting scored two centuries in his 100th Test in 2005-06.
  • Ricky Ponting has won the Allan Border Medal four times.
  • In 2006 and 2007, he won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy.
  • In 2004, he was awarded Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World.
  • In 2006, he was awarded the Compton-Miller Medal.
  • Ricky Ponting won the ICC Cricketer of the Year award in 2006.

Ricky Ponting’s Stats

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 168 287 29 13378 257 51.85 22782 58.72 41 6 62 1509 73
ODI 375 365 39 13704 164 42.04 17046 80.39 30 0 82 1231 162
T20I 17 16 2 401 98 28.64 302 132.78 0 0 2 41 11
IPL 10 9 0 91 28 10.11 128 71.09 0 0 0 5 2

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 168 36 587 276 5 1/0 1/0 2.82 55.2 117.4 0 0
ODI 375 5 150 104 3 1/12 1/12 4.16 34.67 50.0 0 0
T20I 17 - - - - - - - - - - -
IPL 10 - - - - - - - - - - -

Ricky Ponting’s Domestic Career

Ricky Ponting made his first-class debut in Nov 1992 for Tasmania, when he was just 17 years old. He then became the youngest Tasmanian to play in a Sheffield Shield match. Ricky, though, had to wait until 1995 before making his first-class ODI debut, during a quadrangular tournament in New Zealand(NZ) in a game against South Africa(SA). His Test matches debut followed shortly after when he was selected for the first Test of the 1995 home series against Sri Lanka in Perth, where he scored 96. He lost his place in the national team several times in the period before early-1999 due to lack of form and discipline. Still, he became One Day International(ODI's) captain in early-2002 and Test captain in early 2004. Ricky's successive centuries also meant that he became the youngest Tasmanian to score a first-class century at the age of 18, eclipsing Boon's record of 19 years and 356 days. But after scoring another century on 4th  November 1994, Ricky scored five back to back centuries against Western Australia on Australia's fastest wicket in Perth. Rumours started floating that Ricky was to join the Australian team on their 1993 tour to England. Despite Ricky's hesitation to weigh into the debate, Tasmanian coach Greg Shipperd thought he could handle the experience, which he couldn't. Notwithstanding the negative feedback, it gave Ricky a chance on the international platform. And playing for Australia, he scored 161 runs at 26.83 with one half-century.

Ricky Ponting’s International Career

Ricky Ponting's domestic performances were highly rewarded when he was selected for the Australian One Day International(ODI) team to play in all the matches in the 1995 New Zealand Centenary quadrangular tournament in New Zealand, that featured South Africa and India. Ricky made his debut against South Africa(SA) batting at number six. He scored 1 off 6 balls, as Australia successfully chased South Africa's target on a challenging track. Australia secured another win in their next match but this time against New Zealand in Auckland, where Ricky scored 10 not out. His highest score came in the third International, where Australia lost to Indian team in Dunedin. Ricky was promoted to number 3 in the batting order and he obliged the same by scoring 62 off 92 balls. He did not score a  single boundary and his gameplay was based on "deft placement and judicious running." Ricky played in all the ten games of the World Series ODI Cup played between Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. He started the series at number 4 but moved up a position midway through the season after opener Michael Slater was dropped. He then scored his maiden ODI century in his 12th match, scoring 123 runs from 138 balls against Sri Lanka at the MCG. Although the effort was not enough to prevent Sri Lanka from winning the game, it was a reasonable effort nonetheless. Ricky ended his first ODI tournament scoring 341 runs at 34.10, which included one century and three fifties, as Australia won the series. He was a member of the World Cup-winning team multiple times. Ricky Ponting’s World Cup team was regarded as one of the best limited-overs’ Australian teams ever.

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