Ricky "Punter" Ponting, AO, is considered to be one of Australia’s finest cricketers of the modern era. He became captain of the Australia national cricket team from 2004 until 2001, known as the “golden era”, in 2011 Test cricket and 2002 and 2011 One Day International cricket. Ponting is a right-hand batsman, a catching fielder and a bowler. He is known to be the only Australian test captain to lead three separate Ashes, World Cups and a member of the 1999 World Cup winning team. He played for Tasmania, Somerset, Kolkata Knight Riders, Hobart Hurricanes, Mumbai Indians, Surrey and Antigua Hawksbills. He played cricket at such an early age since his family came from strong cricket-playing relatives. Ponting made his ODI debut in 1995.
Greatest Sporting Achievements
Along with four other players, Ponting scored of a total of 13,378 Test runs at an average of 51.85, leading 48 victories in 77 Tests between 2004 and 2010. He made 41 test centuries, with a top score of 257. Best Bowling figures: 1-0He currently holds the record for maximum ODI victories as a player with 262 wins. In 2012, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to cricket and the Ponting Foundation.
Why Is He So Good?
Ricky Ponting is known to be the player of his generation. As a batsman, the only debate is where to rank him in the high reaches of cricket’s greatest run-makers. He is known to be Australia’s successful run-maker. Every series, he collects achievements and records. Despite scrutinizes for his captaincy, he still became the most successful captain in Test history, leading his country to 26 consecutive undefeated World Cup games. On the field, Ricky Ponting has a breathtaking and dead-eye fielding force, playing all the shots with a full flourish of the bat and knows only to attack.
What You May Not Know
- Ricky Ponting started playing for a cricket team when he was only eleven.
- He became the first cricket player in history to win over 100 Test matches.
- His uncle Gregory Campbell is a former Australian cricketer who played in 4 Tests and 12 ODIs from 1989 to 1990.
- He captained the Mumbai Indians and Indian Premier League and became the first international franchise player for the Caribbean Premier League.
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