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Home » Cricket Players Profile » Australia» Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting

Full name Ricky Thomas Ponting
Born December 19, 1974, Launceston, Tasmania
Major teams Australia, ICC World XI, Somerset, Tasmania
Playing role Higher middle order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling Style Right-arm medium

As one of the most exciting stroke players in the world, Ricky Ponting became a hero in a very short span of time after debuting in 1995 against Sri Lanka. He scored runs all over the wicket and played with immense confidence, though was unlucky to be out on 96 on debut. After over five years of brilliant performances, he was made captain of the one day side, taking over from Steve Waugh. He proved to be effective in his job and also led the side to World Cup victory in 2003. He led from the front and made a superb 140 in the final that helped Australia lift the Cup. He took over as Test captain in 2004 after Steve Waugh retired. Ricky Ponting, though having tasted success innumerable times, received a huge blow when England defeated Australia in the Ashes series of 2005. It was the first time in almost two decades that they were defeated in the Ashes. However, that has not dampened the Australian captain's spirits and he continues to be a good hitter of the cricketing ball. He scored 1544 runs in 2005, which included three centuries.

Ricky Ponting is considered by many as one of the greatest cricketers of today, and that is a very fair call. With talent, confidence and age on his side, Ricky Ponting has a lot to offer to the cricketing world. provides the profile of Ricky Ponting and other cricketers around the world. Ricky Pointing can be hailed as one of the most successful captain Australian ever had, and in his captaincy Australia won World Cup twice in a row. Ponting is also Australia's leading ODI run-scorer and has the third most highest centuries ever, after Tendulkar and Jayasuriya. Ponting unbeaten 140 runs against India in 2003 World Cup is the highest ever by captain in the World Cup.

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