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Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:45:59 AM (IST)  

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Ponting Retires, Accolades Pour in

Sydney, Nov 29 (IANS): Australia batting great Ricky Ponting Thursday decided to call time on his illustrious career post the final Test against South Africa here, the place where he made his Test debut in 1995, drawing rich tributes from the cricketing world.

Ponting told reporters here that the match starting Friday would be his 168th and last.

"It struck me only a few weeks ago that my preparation was good as it'd been. But my performance hadn't been good enough for the team. I'm very comfortable with the decision I've made. Timing-wise it's the right time, at the end of a series. There's not much more I can give," said Ponting.

"My immediate focus now and I know the team's immediate focus is what we're presented with tomorrow. We're going into what I believe is almost a grand final. I'm hungrier than ever and want this win probably more than any game I've ever played in. Ironically this is where it all started (Perth) for me and it's where it's going to finish."

The Tasmanian has an astonishing record scoring 13,366 Test runs in 167 Tests at an average of 52.21. He is the second highest run scorer behind India's Sachin Tendulkar. Ponting, who turns 38 Dec 19, also has 41 centuries with a highest of 257.

He also played 375 One-Day Internationals (ODI) scoring 13,704 runs at an average of 42.03, including 30 centuries.

Fondly known as "Punter", his captaincy record is impressive except that he could not retain the Ashes more than once and that led to his ouster soon after the last series against England in Australia, paving the way for Michael Clarke.

"The decision was based on my results. In this series so far they have not been up to the level required of players in the Australian team. I'm glad I have got the opportunity to finish on my terms," added Ponting, who led Australia to two World Cup triumphs in 2003 and 2007.

Commenting on his predecessor skipper Clarke broke down and said, "I didn't have a feeling it was coming. Ricky spoke to me after the Adelaide Test match, he'd made his decision over the last few days. The boys are obviously hurt. He's been an amazing player for a long time."

Tributes started flowing in from other former greats and teammates.

Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden and Shane Warne hailed Punter.

"Well done Punter on an incredible career. It would be great to see you finish with a ton. It was an honour to play alongside of you. #legend," tweeted McGrath, who won three World Cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007 with Ponting.

Former left-handed opener Hayden said: "Punter, congratulations on a fantastic career. Your departure will be a massive hole in the Australian Cricket team."

Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne said: "Congrats to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career, well done Punter... Enjoy your last match in Perth buddy, was a pleasure playing with you!"

Among his cricketing rivals, England's Kevin Pietersen also complimented the Australian great.

"Ricky Ponting RETIRES.... ONE OF THE GREATS! I always got excited playing AUS, so I could watch him bat up close. Well done Punter!" said Pietersen on Twitter.

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan saluted him.

"The best batsman I had the privilege to play against ... Australia cricket will not be the same without him. Ricky was a very underestimated bowler as well. Quicker than he looks!" said Vaughan.

Among Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Bishan Singh Bedi also wished him the best.

"Ricky ponting what an absolute legend. I am glad I had the honour of playing against him. Take a bow," said Kohli.

"Tall Tasmanian calls it a day-R Ponting truly Great,Competitive, Proud wearer of baggy green-pld more than 100 Tests winning side-super feat," said Bedi.

Cricketing World Lauds Ponting's Career

As Australian legend Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from international game, the cricketing world congratulated the former captain for his brilliant 17-year-old career.

Ponting, who turns 38 on Dec 19, scored 13,366 runs at an average of 52.21 in 167 Tests. His highest score was 257. He also scored 41 centuries and 62 half-centuries.

He played 375 One-Day Internationals, scoring 13,704 runs at an average of 42.03, including 30 centuries and a highest score of 164.

Compatriots and former team mates Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden and Shane Warne hailed their "Punter" and asked him to score a final century in his 168th and final Test against South Africa starting Friday.

"Well done Punter on an incredible career. It would be great to see you finish with a ton. It was an honour to play alongside of you. legend," tweeted McGrath, who won three World Cups in 1999, 2003 and 2007 with Ponting.

Former left-handed opener Hayden said: "Punter, congratulations on a fantastic career. Your departure will be a massive hole in the Australian Cricket team."

Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne said: "Congrats to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career, well done Punter... Enjoy your last match in Perth buddy, was a pleasure playing with you!!!"

Among his cricketing rivals, England's Kevin Pietersen, West Indian great Courtney Walsh and South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs also complimented the Australian great.

"Ricky Ponting RETIRES.... ONE OF THE GREATS! I always got excited playing AUS, so I could watch him bat up close. Well done Punter!" said Pietersen on Twitter.

Walsh wished the 37-year-old Ponting for a life after cricket.

"Well played Ricky Ponting on a great career. Hope you end it on a very high mate. Good luck, as there is plenty life after cricket."

Herschelle Gibbs said: "What a player, entertainer of note and an all-time great Ricky Ponting! Always loved his approach to batting."

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan saluted him.

"The best batsman I had the privilege to play against ... Australia cricket will not be the same without him. Ricky was a very underestimated bowler as well... Quicker than he looks!" said Vaughan.

Among Indian cricketers, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanjay Manjrekar and Murali Kartik also wished him the best.

"Ricky ponting what an absolute legend. I am glad I had the honour of playing against him. Take a bow...," said Kohli, who is currently playing against England.

Rahane, also in the India squad, said: "A legend announced retirement. The cricket world will miss Ricky Ponting on the field."

Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar said Ponting enriched the game by his achievements.

"A a great driver and a great puller! That's one thing that really stood out for me. Enriched the game by his feats. From this moment on, there will be only nice things said about Ponting :) Ponting came out of that very typical Australian mould of batsmen. He was the quintessential Aussie batsman in style and approach," said Manjrekar.

Left-arm spinner Murali Kartik hailed Ponting as one of the greatest modern day batsman.

"A very sad day for world cricket, Ricky-1 of the Greatest modern day bats, a former teammate and the consummate professional. Go well mate. Cherish the greats till they are playing, watching international cricket will never be the same without these champions."


Comments on this article
BALMICK, USA
Friday, November 30, 2012

Ponting is indeed the greatest batsman since Bradman . Sachin has more records and statistically a better batsman. That is really not so ! Ponting is the most feared batsman and always deliver when the team neeeds it . Single handedly he helped Australia to defeat India last season .His achievements the tale . The greatest we have seen . Good luck Ponting and may God Bless. A hundred in Perth on your final apperance !

geoffrey, hat hill
Friday, November 30, 2012

Sachin is someone who remains unruffled by these comments/comparisons. Another ton from him and everyone says ‘His action speaks louder than words’, ‘He let his bat do the talking’ etc.. etc..

Deepak.kotian, Hejamady.(Abudhabi)
Thursday, November 29, 2012

i cant understand why the people are talking more about sachin.Sachin is the more talented batsman in the world.He himself knows when he wants to retire please stop commenting on him.If there is no sachin indian team is zero.....

OSWALD VAZ, BAHRAIN/THOTTAM
Thursday, November 29, 2012

I SALUTE THIS GREAT PLAYER FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.MAY BE AAUSTRALIAN NEVER MIND,A GREAT CAPTAIN WHO WON THE WORLD CUP FOR HIS COUNTRY FOR THREE TIMES IN SUCCESSION.WHAT BETTER WAY TO END.

rasheed, bhatkal
Thursday, November 29, 2012

My fav player, his punch is ammazing, tendulkar must learn from ricky.

R.Bhandarkar., M
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Certainly one of the 'Greats' to have played the game-
Ponting
Never Found Wanting
Record Amazing
In Retiring
Too Perfect Timing.....

Lingappa, Kuppepadavu
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Breaking news Daijiworld May 9, 2050: Tendulkar preparing himself for his 16th world cup. will be the first player in history to field with a walking stick.

Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru
Thursday, November 29, 2012

I hope sachin gets inspired..

Rayan, Udupi
Thursday, November 29, 2012

I feel Ponting is better batsman than sachin,coz during finals if u count ponting has scored more hundreds than sachin, and have won.Even kallis is great.Well done ponting.

BRYAN BRAGGS BIJEI, MANGALORE
Thursday, November 29, 2012

ITS A GOOD AND RIGHT DECISION BY PONTING HOPEFULLY TENDULKAR ALSO TAKES THIS HINT AND ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT THIS WILL RELIEVE THE EMBARRASMENT FOR ORS AND THE BOARD TO HIM AND ALSO MAKES WAY FOR YOUNGSTERS TO PERFORM GIVEN THE CHANCE WHICH IS BLOCKED BY THESE OLD BORES

 
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