Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting has announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket in October, after announcing his retirement from International Cricket in November of last year. Ponting will be playing for Surrey until the end of July where he will then carry on and go and play for Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians in the Champions League; once the Champions League ends on 6th October, he will officially retire from the game.
Ricky Ponting’s career first was given light when he made his debut for Tasmania in November of 1992 and he was spotted quickly and called up to his international side in 1995 to play against South Africa. Ponting was made Captain of the international Test Cricket side in 2004 following his wonderful commitment to his country and kept the title of Captain for 7 years and stepped down in 2011. He was made Captain of the One-Day International team in 2002 and stayed as their leader until 2011.
Ricky Ponting is widely considered around the world to be one of the greatest batsmen to have graced the sport in recent years. In 2006, he reached the highest rating achieved by a Test batsman in the last 50 years, stamping his name in the cricket history books. He has also got a joint Australian record with Steve Waugh for having the most Test appearances with a total of 168. Ricky Ponting was truly fantastic at his beloved sport and the stats prove it as he scored 13,378 runs at an average of 52.21, making him the second highest scorer in Test history.
Not only was he skilled as a Test player, he also played wonderfully as a One-Day International player winning the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, and 17 Twenty20 matches with his national side. However, the statistic which he would rather forget is the fact that he is the only Test Captain to lead his side to 3 Ashes defeats. On a lighter note, he is the only cricketer in history to be involved in 100 Test triumphs.
Ricky Ponting revealed his retirement from cricket, “While I’m enjoying my cricket as much as ever, it just feels like the right time to finish playing. My body and mind are in great shape and I know I’m going to really enjoy these last few months before the next stage of life begins.” He is a legend in the game and Australian batsman, Chris Rogers, recognised this stating, “He was one of the best, if not the best.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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