Ponting: Tantrums and cheats
Ricky Ponting (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Ricky Ponting is a brilliant batter, a wonderful cricketer and when he was captain of Australia he did a damn good job. But Ponting is also known for a tad of dishonesty and altercations with opponents, officials and even teammates; on and off the field.
In the second test against the Windies, Ponting stood his ground after he was clearly caught by Darren Sammy at first slip when the ball deflected from wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh.
In the Windies second innings of the first test Ponting claimed a catch when Kirk Edwards edged a Shane Watson-delivery. Only after the incident was referred Ponting indicated that the ball might have brushed the grass; which it did.
Punter, in his current form, could be around for another two years but his anger and tantrums are more likely to end his career sooner than later.
In 2009 Ponting smashed a door at Edgbaston after being dismissed by Graeme Swann.
The next year Ponting lost his temper after a referral for a catch from KP Pietersen’s bat was turned down by TV umpire Marais Erasmus. Hot-spot showed a glow on the bat but it was inconclusive whether it was caused by the ball or the pad. Ponting, captain at the time, lost his temper and had a long and heated finger waving argument with umpire Aleem Dar.
In February last year Ponting smashed a television set in Ahmedabad after being run out in a World Cup game against Zimbabwe. A few days later, against Canada, Ponting and teammate, Steve Smith, collided after Ponting called to take a catch. The accident caused a massive fall-out between the teammates.
Duncan Fletcher once wrote about Ponting’s reaction after a run out incident: “I smiled at Ricky Ponting. He didn't smile back. He was in a terrible temper for some reason. Quite why he was blaming me when his partner, Damien Martyn, had called him for a suicidal single to cover, I don't know. You know what's more? All the palaver caused me to burn my toast.”
In Australia’s first innings in the first test of the current series Ponting was run out when Shane Watson attempted a second run that did not exist. Watson stormed down the pitch, drawing Ponting out of his crease. Eventually the two ended up less than a bat’s length apart.
Brathwaite, who could have run out any of the batters, sent Ponting packing. Ponting stomped of the field after he lashed out at Watson. For the rest of his innings Watson looked unhappy but he was not the only one to blame. Ponting was instrumental in his downfall and should have analysed the situation better. Watson was gone for all practical purposes and Ponting should have stood his ground.