Ricky Ponting

Birth Name : Ricky Ponting

Full Name : Ricky Thomas Ponting

Nickname : Punter

Born : December 19, 1974

Born Place : Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Height : 5’ 10” (1.79 m)

Playing Role : Top-order batsman

Batting Style : Right-hand bat

Bowling style : Right-arm medium, Right-arm off break

Major teams : Australia Cricket Team, Kolkata Knight Riders, Tasmania, ICC World XI, Somerset.

About Ricky Ponting

Who is Ricky Ponting ?

Ricky Thomas Ponting (also known by his nickname: - Punter) is a professional cricketer in Australia. Ricky Ponting was born December 19, 1974 in Launceston in Tasmania in Australia. He is a former cricketer of the Australian Cricket team. He is a former captain in ODI (One Day International) cricket in 2002 and 2011and in Test cricket from 2004 and 2011 of the Australia national cricket team. He is a specialist in batting with right-handed batsman, as well as a very professional bowler and fielder with slips and close catching.

Ponting represents the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, the Tasmanian Tigers in Australian domestic cricket and played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League in 2008. He is widely thought-about by several to be the best batsman of the modern era in conjunction with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid of India,Jacques Kallis of South Africa, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul of the West Indies and Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka. Ponting made his first debut in November 1992 for Tasmania when at the age of 17 years and the younger player in Tasmania for playing a match of the Sheffield Shield. He reached on December 1, 2006 the highest rating achieved in the last 50 years by a Test batsman.

Ponting made his first debut in November 1992 for Tasmania when at the age of 17 years and the younger player in Tasmania for playing a match of the Sheffield Shield. However, he had to attend until 1995 before making his debut in ODI (One Day International), throughout a quadrangular tournament during a match against South Africa in New Zealand. His Test debut followed shortly after, when selected for the first Test of the 1995 home series against Sri Lanka in Perth, in which he scored 96. He lost his place several times in the national team in the period before early-1999 due to lack of discipline and form before becoming Test captain in early-2004 and ODI (One Day International) captain in early-2002.

After being concerned in over 370 ODIs and 160 Tests, Ponting is leading run-scorer of Australian cricket team in ODI and Test cricket. He became one of only four players (along with Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid) in cricket history to make 13,000 runs in Test. Statistically, he's the most successful captain of all time in 77 Tests with 48 victories from 2004 and December 31, 2010 whereas as a player he became the sole cricketer in history of cricket to be concerned in victories in 100 tests.

Ponting announced on November 29, 2012 his retirement from Test cricket the day before he would play against South Africa in the Perth Test. This's his last and 168th Test appearance, equalling the Australian record was held by Steve Waugh. Ricky Ponting retired with a Test batting on 3 December 2012 with an average of 51.85. It was announced in Feb 2013 that he would be captain in IPL (Indian Premier League) of the Mumbai Indians team.

Ricky Ponting’s Birth and personal life :

Ricky Ponting was born on 19 December 1974 in Launceston, Tasmania and he is the eldest of Graeme and Lorraine Ponting's four kids. Graeme played Australian Rules football and was a good club cricketer while Lorraine was a vigorous champion at the state level. His uncle's name was Greg Campbell which played test cricket in 1989 and 1990 for Australia.

Ponting's parents firstly lived 4.1 km (2.5 mi) in south of city center in Prospect; however, they moved 6 km (3.7 mi) in the north of central Launceston into the working-class area of Newnham. Ricky Ponting married Rianna Jennifer Cantor in June 2002. Rianna is a law student. They have 2 kids Emmy Charlotte (born July 26, 2008) and Matisse Ellie (born September 8, 2011).

Ricky Ponting’s Early Australian Domestic Career and Cricinfo :

After making the score 114 with not out against Riverside in club match Ponting became the youngest cricketer to appear for Tasmania in a match of Sheffield Shield and breaking the record of Boon by 14 days.

Ponting at the age of 17 years in November 1992, he strode out to the crease against South Australia at number four at the Adelaide Oval. Despite making the score with Boon in run-partnership with runs 56 in a 127, he could not prevent a defeat and making just four in the second innings of Tasmania. This time in Tasmania in his 1st match, Ponting in a draw contributed 18-32 against New South Wales. 

Ponting followed this up in a narrow loss against Western Australia with 25. His first match also marked the debut of a future opening bowler of Australia Glenn McGrath in Sydney. His subsequent century also meant that Ponting was the youngest player in Tasmania to make a first-class century at the age of 18 years, eclipsed the record of Boon which made at the age of 19 years. Ponting scored back to back centuries after scoring another half century against Western Australia on the fastest wicket of Australia in Perth. He is the youngest batsmen in history of Shield in a match to score twin centuries.

He ended up in the season after setting a goal of making 500 runs with scoring 781 against 48.81. Ponting played seven four-day games after the end of season for the Australian Academy and making 484 scores in 96.70, even though he's still solely 18. Speculation ignited that Ponting to join the Australian squad was an outsider on their tour to England in 1993. Despite Ponting's reluctance to weigh into the debate, Tasmanian coach Greg Shipperd thought he could manage the experience. The selectors all over up selecting Western Australian batsman Damien Martyn for the tour with Ponting chosen within the Academy squad captained by Justin Langer that toured India and Sri Lanka in August–September 1993 in seven games. Australian success with only several wins was limited. 

No batsman made a century despite Ponting scoring 99 with not out in Colombo on a one-day game. He finished the tour second highest behind Langer in the aggregates. Before the start of the Sheffield Shield season in 1993–94, Ponting stated that he wanted for the season to score 1000 runs. In the final match of Tasmania of the season, they required to defeat for the final South Australia outright to qualify. Set 366 runs in 102 overs, Ponting made score 161 in a very 290 run-partnership that finished with Tasmania needing for victory just 41 runs. 

Despite Tasmania lost quickly four wickets but they won by four wickets in hand. Disappointingly for Ponting, he could not repeat that performance against New South Wales in the final. He scored just one and 28, as Tasmania was defeated by 61 runs with an innings.

2011 World Cup and resignation as captain :

Ponting retained the captaincy of Australia for the World Cup in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2011. Australia entered the tournament after won the previous three World Cups because the world's top-ranked One Day International (ODI) team. Australia qualified for the quarter-finals though Ponting did not find form and Making 102 runs during the group stage in five innings of the tournament.

Australia in the quarter-finals met India and defeated by five wickets. Ponting made score 104 not out and his first century in over a year in international cricket. Ponting resigned his position after being knocked out of the tournament as captain at both ODI and Test levels, endorsed Michael Clarke as his successor and indicated his intention to continue playing.

2011–2012: Post-Captaincy :

Ponting was inducted in 2011 into the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) 'Best of the Best'. He was selected for the teams of Michael Clarke for the tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka in 2011. He was scoring an important half-century (62) against South Africa in the fourth innings of the second Test in Johannesburg, helping Australia chase down a target 309 to draw the series with 1–1. A disappointing series draw in the Australian summer with New Zealand gave rise to calls in 2011–12 for Ponting to be removed following perceived under performances from the team.

The selectors choosing Ponting for the Boxing Day Test against India, resisted the calls—the initial of a four-Test series. Ponting made two half-centuries in the first Test of Australia win, in Sydney, followed by a century (134) in the first innings of Australia of the second Test. The century was his first in almost two years in Test cricket. He set a brand new record with Clarke together with his fourth-wicket partnership of 288 runs who went on to create 329 not out for the largest partnership against India by an Australian pair of batsmen.

By defeating India, Australia was sealed the series win in Perth and within the fourth test in Adelaide, Ponting and Clarke beat their own record with putting on 386 runs. The partnership became the fourth highest in Australian Test cricket for that point. Ponting did score 221. He became during the innings only the first Australian and the third player (after Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar who were playing in the same match) the third player to pass 13,000 career in 13,000 Test runs.

2012: Retirement :

He appointed as an Officer on Australia Day 2012 for services to cricket of the Order of Australia. Ponting was promoted to captain within the 2011–12 Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia in Michael Clarke's absence because of injury. However after solely 2 games as captain he was dropped. He scored solely 18 runs of the 2011–12 Commonwealth Bank Series in 5 games.

At a conference thenceforth, Ponting conceded, "I do not expect to play one-day international cricket for Australia any further and I am pretty sure the selectors do not expect to choose me either ... I will be able to continue taking part in test cricket and I will continue taking part in for Tasmania as well". Ponting announced on 29 November 2012 that he would retire after the WACA test from Test cricket against South Africa.

2013: Indian Premier League and English County :

Ricky was brought over in the auction by Mumbai Indians for the 6th season of IPL. It was announced in Feb 2013 that he would be a captain in the Indian Premier League the Mumbai Indians team. He signed up to play the English County for Surrey during June-July 2013. Mumbai Indians Captain as Ricky Ponting replaced Harbhajan Singh in IPL 6 for the season 2013.

Ricky Ponting As a Captain (Captaincy) :

Ponting has usually been criticized for his lack of imagination in his captainship, tho' several players who played under him say he's an honest leader. According to former Australian opening batsman Justin Langer, "He is sort of inspirational as a leader and that I simply never get all the detractors he has. Whether or not it's within the fielding follow, the nets, the manner he holds himself off the field—every time he speaks, these young guys simply listen, they hang on each word he says."

Ricky Ponting’s Achievements and Awards:

Ponting holds the globe record for being a part of a team in most ODI wins- he finished on the winning aspect in 262 ODIs. Ponting was still awarded with the man-of-the-series award when the series ending with 523 runs at 130.75. Ponting was jointly awarded with Man of the Match at the end of the match with Herschelle Gibbs. Ricky Ponting awarded with Man of the Series for the 2006–07 Ashes series when making 576 runs with an average of 82.29 together with a pair of centuries and a pair of half centuries.

Ponting was given with the golden bat award for many runs within the tournament 288 with an average of 72 in four games and additionally received the man-of-the-series award before complimentary his young aspect for the title defence. Ponting was named the Wisden International cricketer of the Year before the next game of Australia in an award ceremony in Bombay. He reached the highest rating on 1 December 2006 achieved in the last 50 years by a Test batsman. Ponting was the seventh player in the Second Test and third Australian to score 10,000 Test runs.

Australia won the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy in India finally the ODI (One Day International) tournament that had not them despite their World Cup success.