Famous cricket player of Australia: Ricky Ponting
Nicknamed ‘Punter’, Ricky Ponting is a fantastic right handed batsman of Australian cricket team and a brilliant fielder. He is regarded right up there with Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara as the finest batsman of the last few decades. His sharp reflexes and superb hand eye coordination are a lethal combination which facilitate him to score freely and at will.
Born in Tasmania, Australia in 1974, Ricky Ponting made his one day international debut against South African cricket team in 1995. From the very first game the pundits knew that he was a special talent and was destined to make a big mark in the world of cricket. He has an absolutely flawless record in both forms of the game but if we take a look at his performance in the ODIs, he surely deserves a bow. In the 352 matches that Ponting has represented his country thus far, he has scored 13,082 runs at an excellent average of 42.75 and a brilliant strike rate. To his credit, he has 29 centuries and 79 fifties with his top score being 164.
In the many memorable innings that he has played the one that definitely stands out Is the inning he played against India in the 2003 World Cup final where he scored a magnificent century and led his country by example to lift his first world cup as the captain. He again led his team to the 2007 Cricket World cup victory even when the odds were against them.
Ricky Ponting well once again be leading his team on to the field in the Sub continent for his third world cup as the captain and he would most definitely want to be the first player in the history of cricket to be lifting the world cup for the fourth time. He is an exceptional talent, one that would be cherished in history as God’s gift to the game.