Yesterday the cricketing world said goodbye to a retiring champion of the game.
Ricky Thomas ‘Punter’ Ponting will be remembered as a selfless, confident player; one who scored over 40 centuries and 13,300 runs for Australia at test level. Add to that almost 14,000 runs and 30 centuries in one-day internationals.
His final hurrah will be at the WACA, starting today, for the third test against South Africa. His record feats are etched not only in the record books, but also in the minds of every cricket fan. The cricketing great certainly has put his mark on the game forever.Highlights abound for the 37-year-old include: a 96 on debut in 1995; one-day captaincy in 2002 and test captaincy in 2004; twin centuries in his 100thtest; and six double centuries.
He will also become Australia’s most capped test player along with Steve Waugh on 168 matches (he also played 375 one-day internationals) and recorded the most wins as an Australian captain, with a total of 48.
From a young age Ponting was touted as an excellent cricketer. At the age of just 11, Ponting scored four centuries inside of a week during an under-13 tournament in Tasmania. He was in the same form for an under-16 competition shortly after. It was this form that sparked the beginning of a magical career.