Australia’s great batsman and former Captain Ricky Ponting turns 43 today. Ponting alias Punter was born on 19 December 1974 in Townsend, Australia, Tasmania. Ponting lifted the World Cup for Australian team two times i.e. 2003 and 2007.
27,483 international runs. 71 centuries. 146 fifties. Three time @cricketworldcup champion. Two ICC Champions Trophy titles. Undoubtedly one of the greatest ever batsmen and captains to grace the game.
Happy Birthday to the legendary Ricky Ponting! pic.twitter.com/FssseHrmQy
— ICC (@ICC) December 19, 2017
He scored over 13,000 runs in both formats of the game, and sits behind only Sir Don Bradman in terms of Australian batting records. Though his captaincy was marked with three Ashes losses, besides stumbles to India and South Africa, he remains the most successful captain in Test history.
He went onto to play 168 Test matches for Australia, scoring 13378 runs in the longest format of the game. He completed his Test career with an average of 51.85, with 41 Test Hundreds second highest after Sachin Tendulkar. He led Australia in nine consecutive Test series victories, a feat that the current Indian captain equaled recently. But won the 2006-07 Ashes, the only time he lifted the urn as captain.
Debut of Ricky Ponting in all Formats
|Test Debut||v SL||Perth, AUS||8-11 Dec 1995||96, DNB||AUS won by an innings and 36 runs|
|ODI Debut||v SA||Wellington, NZ||15-Feb-95||1||AUS won by 3 wkts|
|T20I Debut||v NZ||Auckland, NZ||17-Feb-05||98*||AUS won by 44 runs|
Last Match of Ricky Ponting in all Formats
|Test Debut||v SA||Perth, AUS||30 Nov-4 Dec 2012||4,8||SA won by 309 runs|
|ODI Debut||v IND||Brisbane, AUS||19-Feb-12||7||AUS won by 110 runs|
|T20I Debut||v SL||Nottingham, ENG||8-Jun-09||25||SL won by 6 wkts|
Statistics of Ricky Ponting
There is no doubt that Ricky Ponting is one of the great captains and batsmen of the world. In his captaincy, the Australian team twice won the World Cup title. Ponting captained Australian team in Tests and number one in ODI cricket. Ponting was one of the finest batsmen, captain and great fielders.
Three CWC titles 🏆🏆🏆
Two-time winning captain
Most CWC matches (46)
Most CWC catches (28)
1,743 runs including five centuries
High score 140*
Happy Birthday to Australia legend Ricky Ponting! 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/uNPUO4KlMj
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) December 19, 2017
Some Facts about Ricky Ponting
- Most Test victories as skipper (48) after Graeme Smith (South Africa) has 53
- Most consecutive Test victories won as captain: 16, shared with Steve Waugh.
- Most Test centuries by an Australian – 41.
- Most Test Catches by an Australian fielder – 196 Catches.
Ponting is one of the most successful captains in cricket with a stunning win percentage of 62.3% out of 77 tests.
- Ricky Ponting is second highest Run Scorer in World Cup games after Sachin Tendulkar of India. Sachin has 2278 runs from 45 matches while Ricky Ponting has 1743 runs from 46 matches
- Ricky Poting has the most appearances (46) and most matches as captain (29) in World Cups
- He holds the record for scoring the most runs in ODI history as captain (8497).
- He holds the record for the highest T20I score on T20I debut (98).
- In ODIs his win percentage as a skipper is 76.14% in 230 matches.
- Ponting has most career runs in ODI history when batting at number 3 position. He has scored 12662 runs batting at this position.
Happy Birthdya Legend Ricky Ponting….