Full name: Ricky Thomas Ponting
Born: December 19, 1974, Launceston, TasmaniaCurrent age: 35 years
Major teams: Australia, ICC World XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Somerset,
Playing role: Higher middle order batsman
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm mediumHeight: 1.78 m
Ricky Ponting is quite simply a giant in the game of cricket. One of
the most talented and prolific batsman of the modern era, Ponting has
scored runs under all circumstances, against the very best bowling
attacks of recent times.
After being involved in over 140 Tests and 350 ODIs, Ponting is
Australia's leading run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket, with more
than 25,000 international runs as of July 2010. He has scored 39 Test
centuries—behind only Indian Sachin Tendulkar (48)—and third for
most runs in ODIs behind Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya. He is a
more than useful off-break/seam up slow bowler, and has an
uncompromising desire to win.
Not without problems with both form and discipline in his early
years, Ponting has evolved to become a fine, competitive captain,
with the best track record of any Test captain to date. He has never
lost a World Cup match that he's played in, and has lifted the World
Cup trophy an unprecedented 3 times as skipper of his nation.
351 ODIs have produced a staggering 13072 runs, at an
average of 42.85 – and he has maintained a strike rate of over 80
throughout his long and illustrious career. It's almost certain that
2011 will be his last major tournament, so he has extra motivation to
lift the Trophy once more, for the last time.