The Legend Ricky Ponting Biography: The Former Australia Captain Ricky Ponting was the Man that led the Aussies in the Golden Cricket Period from 2002 to 2011.
He is one of the most successful captains of the Australian Side. Under his Captaincy, Australia has won 220 games in 324 International matches. “Ricky Ponting delivered a 68 percent successful winning rate under his captaincy.
He was one of the best Batsmen in the old era of cricket. He has scored tons of runs in his first-class and International Career.
In the year, 2006 he received the Highest Rating as a Test Batsman for 50 years. Hence, the current Australian Player, Steve Smith, broke the record in 2017.
Sachin Tendulkar has the most centuries in World cricket with 100 Centuries. During his International Career from 1989 to 2012.
Hence the second in the List is the Australia Former Captain, Ricky Ponting, with 71 Centuries.
Ponting was an Exceptional batsman; he played with a tremendous focus and concentration. He was a charismatic run-scoring cricketer, always had contributed to his respective teams in all forms of cricket.
Ponting had faced several world-class bowlers in the best forms of their bowling Rhythm. He played the Great Washim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, all in one Match, and contributed to his International Australian Side.
Shoaib Akhtar Always used to target Ponting by bowling at full pace around 150-155 with perfect line and killing bouncers. HENCE, Ponting always used to stand like a Wall in the crease and used the speed of Akhtar to smash him all over the grounds.”
Ricky Ponting had Led the Australians to win the Massive 2003 and 2007 50 over World Cup. Under his captaincy, he Whitewashed England with (5-0) Series Win in the Ashes Trophy (2006/2007).
Ricky Ponting was the Master of Winning ICC events for his international Side.
He also made Australia win the 2006 and 2009 Champions Trophy. He was also an Australian side player in the 1999 World Cup Win under Steve Waugh Captaincy to win the World Cup.
Ricky Ponting Early Teenage Life
Ricky Ponting was born on 19 December 1974. His mother Lorraine, and his father, Graeme, have four children, including their elder Son, Ricky Ponting. Ricky Ponting’s father, Graeme, was a decent club cricketer and played Australian Rules football.
His mother, Loraine, was a state Vigiro champion. “Ricky Ponting had the basic roots of a sportsman as he was from a Sporting family” “Also, Ponting’s uncle, Greg Campbell, was also a cricketer and represented Australia in the Test cricket from 1989 to 1990.”
Ponting’s father recognized his talent with the bat and introduced him to a cricket academy in Australia.
Ponting represented his under 13 team in 1985-86. Ponting was just in the eighth grade and 11 years old. He took part in the five-day annual Northern Tasmania Cricket Tournament. He scored back to back four centuries in just two weeks.
Ponting Teenage Rewards
The manufacturer of the kookaburra bat was impressed with punting motivation, dedication, and batting abilities in the field. He offered him a sponsorship contract and a reward for those four successive tons.
Ponting then never stopped scoring and contributing to his respective sides. After HIS under-13 matches, he was quickly transferred to the under-16 Side because of his impressive knocks and high scoring ability. “He again scored a century in his under-16 Squad.”
His coaches and team players were very impressed and appreciated his form with the bat. “Ricky Ponting was showing signs of a world-class batsman from his starting teenage days.”
Ponting loved to play every sport, played football during the winter times, and represented north Launceston’s junior football team. He was also a fan of the North Melbourne Kangaroos Football team.
When he was 14 years old, he played football for his Northern Launceston under-17 football team as a 13-year-old boy. In one of the football matches, he injured his right arm, and it was too painful for Ponting to take it. Ultimately, the Right Arm – pinned in the end. “Ponting after the Injury – doctors said to stay away from Competitive football matches.”
Ponting then focused on the cricket game and surrounded himself by experienced cricketers. He observed them and analysed their gameplay to learn from their mistakes.
He also used to fix the scoreboard and worked as the ground Staff in his early teenage day. In 1991 Ponting delivered an impactful performance in the under 16 games. After the Century- Northern Tasmanian team Sponsored Ponting to experience a fortnight training at the Australian Cricket Academy at Adelaide.
Ponting started training in the Australian Cricket Academy in Adelaide for two weeks. His batting abilities attracted Rod Marsh who played 96 Test internationals for Australia.
Rod was delighted watching Ricky Ponting batting, his cricketing shots and unique techniques. The two weeks of sponsorship went to 2 years of Genuine Contract from the Australian Cricket Academy.
Ponting Played Five matches for Tasmania and scored 350 Runs. It led to the call of Ricky Ponting in representing the under-19 International Side for Australia in the following South Africa tour.
Ponting First-Class Career Records
Ponting was the youngest cricketer to represent Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield match.
In November 1992, when Ponting was only 17 years old, he GOT promoted up the order to bat at Number four against South Australians at the Adelaide Oval. He scored 56 of 127 balls in the first innings and four runs in the Second Innings “Tasmania lost the Match.”
Ponting created a record of being the first Tasmanian cricketer to score a first-class century in just 18 years of Age. He surpassed the record of Boon’s first-class Century in 19 years of Age.
Ponting Played the next Match against Western Australia on the Australian fastest pitch at Perth. In that Match, Ponting became the highest scorer and went on to score back to back centuries. He became the youngest batsman in shield history to score consecutive centuries in a match.
He told his coaches that he would perform well and score 500 runs in the Season, delivered more than he said, scored a total of 781 runs with an average of 48.81. “Ponting was only 18 years of age and already was creating big records for his domestic side.”
The 1993 England Tour was knocking at the Australians Door, and Ponting was expecting a call-up in the international Side. Hence ultimately, the selectors chose the other Australian batsman Damien Martyn for the English tour.
Ponting was again said to play for the academy matches, in India and Srilanka tour in 1993. Justin Langer led the Tasmania Side.
The team’s success was average with only some wins, and no batter succeeded to score. Hence, Ponting was the only guy who was impactful with his batting in the tour.
Before the start of the Sheffield shield 1993, 94, Ponting confronted everyone and said that he would score 1000 runs in this Season as a Tasmania Leading Batsman.
In the Match against the South Australians, Tasmania needed 366 in 102 overs to win the Match. Ponting emerged out to be heroic in the Run-Chase. He made 161 runs and won Tasmania the Match with 4 Wickets.
Australia Qualified for the finals against New South Wales. Ponting failed to score more in the finals, out in 28 as his team Tasmania faced defeated by an innings and 61 runs.
“In that domestic Season, Ponting was close to his target of 1000 runs. He scored a total of 965 runs with an average of 48.25.”
After the final Match, Ricky Ponting appeared in the academic Squad for the limited-overs Match against India. Queenslanders player Stuart law captained the Australian SIDE.
In that team, the former Australian player Rod marsh was also included “Ricky Ponting again contributed with his bat in that game and guided his team successfully to win the match.”
The 1994-95 season was the Breakthrough year for Ricky Ponting represent the International Side – Australia. Tasmania played Western Australia at Bellerive Oval, 4 November 1984.
Ponting appeared to be the highest scorer of the Match. He became the second player to score five consecutive centuries against Western Australia after Sir Don Bradman.
Ten days after the Century in the Western Australia match, punting received a call to represent the Australian A-Team for a game against England at Belle rive Oval.
In that Match, the future legends of Australian cricket, Matthews Hayden, Justin Langer, Greg Blewett, and Martyn, were also selected; ultimately, the Match ended in a draw.
Ponting’s International Debuts
Ponting was the youngest cricketer to represent Tasmania in November 1992 in just 17 years of Age.
After an impressive performance in the first-class career, Ponting had his chance in the International Side. He represented Australia in the triangular tournament against New Zealand and South Africa.
He was also selected to represent the Australian Side in his test debut in 1995 against Sri Lanka in Perth “In that game against Srilanka, Ponting scored 96. His name went famous from all parts of the Cricketing Countries.”
The First World Cup Win 1999
Steve Waugh was leading the Australians in the 1999 WORLD CUP. Ricky ponting, in the Side because of his excellent knock in the West Indies series.
He played the test and one-day internationals against West Indies. He contributed with a century and some couple of fifties, to appear in the world cup 1999.”
Australia started their 1999 world cup campaign by playing their first Match against Scotland and defeated them by six wickets in hand. “Ponting was the third-highest scorer with 33 of 62. Balls.”
Australia played their second Match against New Zealand. The Aussie batted first and set a target of 213 on the board.
The New Zealand Down-order players took the Match away from Australia. Roger scored 80, and Chairs made 60 off 77 balls and took New Zealand home with a five-wicket victory. “Ponting contributed with scoring 47 runs off 88 balls in that match.”
Australia Played their third match against Pakistan. Pakistan set the target of 275 for Australians in their 50 overs.
In return, Australia only managed to pull off a total of 265 runs with all their wickets down. “Australia lost the match by ten runs; Ponting made 47 of 60 in that match.”
In the next world cup match, Australia faced Bangladesh and got an easy victory by chasing down the Bangladesh total of 178 runs in 19.5 overs.
Australia won the Match with seven wickets in hand. Ricky Ponting was not out at 18 of 10 balls and took Australians to their second victory of the 1999 world cup.
Australia continued their winning Momentum and defeated West Indies by six wickets and 56 balls left.
Australian bowlers dominated the entire game as they bundled down the West Indies in only 110 runs.
Glenn McGrath was the highest wicket-taker; he got five wickets for three runs in his nine overs. The Australian batsman successfully chased down the target and got the third win for the Side.
The next Match was the biggest Match of the world cup. Australia played the Mighty Indians in their fifth Match in the 1999 World Cup.
Australians batted first. With the contribution of Mark Waugh 83 of 90 balls, Australia put up a first-innings total of 282 in 50 overs.
The Indians came to bat and could only score 205 runs with Ajay Jadeja. Robin Singh tried the best with their 100 and 75 individually but couldn’t outplay the Australians to win the Match.
The Australians then played Zimbabwe and South Africa in their next group stage Matches and defeated both teams to qualify for the semi-final against South Africa.
The Semi-Final – 1999 World Cup
The semi-final match against South Africa was IMPULSIVE as Australia batted first and scored 213 in their 50 overs.
The bowlers entirely dominated the Match, the South African bowler Shaun Pollock took five wickets, GIVING only 36 runs in his nine overs.
The South Africans came out to bat, and their middle orders Collapsed. The Match ended as a draw “Australia in the finals with more points in the World Cup Points table.”
The 1999 world cup final match- Australia and Pakistan were facing each other – the two biggest teams of the cricketing world.
Steve Waugh Australian team was READY to outplay Washim Akram Pakistan team and get revenge for the early Group Stage Defeat.
The final Match was a low scoring game. Pakistan batted first and scored 132 on the board with Shane Warne getting four wickets of Pakistan side.
Australia came to chase, and the Australian openers Mark Waugh and Adam Gilchrist gave their team a good start.
In the end, Mark Waugh and Darren Lehmann got AUSTRALIA to their second World Cup victory after 1987. “Ponting in the finals scored 24 of 27 balls; hence Australia won the match with eight-wicket and 30 overs in hand.”
Australia won the 1999 World Cup thrashing the Pakistanis.
Ponting Appointed as the Australian Captain
The Australian One Day International team faced downfall and failed to qualify for the triangular tournament. Hence the Australian selectors dropped Steve Waugh from the Australian One Day International team in February 2002.
After the drop of Steve Waugh, there was no Captain and the captaincy discussion we’re going on in the Australian Cricket board.
Adam Gilchrist was set to carry out the captaincy, but Ponting in his absence led the Australian Side in the Series against South Africa.
He LED his team well both in the ODI and Test cricket. He scored 100 not out in the second test at Cape Town and hit the winning Runs to get Australia victorious.
In the 3rd test match, Ponting made 89 runs and ended the South African series with 308 runs IN HIS BACK, to enter the one-day international matches.
Under Ricky Ponting’s leadership, Australia whitewashed the Pakistanis in late 2002. Ricky Ponting’s leadership gave early success to Australia, and he was permanently selected for captaincy in the International matches.
The 2003 World Cup
After his impactful captaincy performance, The Selectors addressed – Ricky Ponting to lead Australia’s 2003 World Cup side.
Australians played their first group stage match against their last World Cup Final opponents Pakistan. They again successfully defeated them by a margin of 82 runs.
The contributions of Andrew Symonds 143 of 125 balls and Ricky Ponting 53 of 67 balls made Australia put on a big total of 310 runs in their 50 overs.
The Pakistan players were inefficient in chasing down the total was all-out in only 228 runs.
LAN Harvey was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets of 58 runs, making Australia Victorious in the first Match of the 2003 World Cup.
Australia won all their Group Stage Matches – 2003 World Cup
Australia played their next matches against India, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Namibia, England, Srilanka, and New Zealand.
Australia defeated all the teams to qualify for the first Semi-finals against Srilanka “Ricky Ponting playing 11, beat the Srilankans and Qualified for TWO consecutive World Cup Finals after the 1999 World cup.
On the Other Side, Team India defeated Kenya in the second semi-final and qualified for the finals Against the Mighty Australians.
The Final Match – South African ground -Johannesburg – on 23 March 2003.
Australia batted first, and with the contribution of the openers Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden, they gained a good start.
The Australia Captain Ricky Ponting led from the front in the finals, scored 140 runs off 121 deliveries.
Damien Martyn made 88 of 84 balls to put on a massive total of 359 runs in the final Match of the 2003 World Cup.
The Indians came to chase with Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin lost his wicket to Glenn McGrath, scoring only 4 runs of 5 balls.
Sehwag was the highest run-getter, scoring 82 off 81 balls, and unfortunately, he was run out by Lehmann. The Indian middle orders and the down-order failed to contribute and wrap their innings in 234 runs.
‘Australia won the 2003 World Cup Final. Australian bowlers dominated the game and were again victorious in two consecutive World Cups tournaments, 1999 and 2003.
The Australians started to celebrate, and it was the biggest win of the decade.
Ricky Ponting also won the 1999 World Cup under Steve Waugh Captaincy, and now, he guided his team in the 2003 World Cup. He made Australia win two consecutive World Cups.
The Australians defeated the Indians in the 2003 World Cup by 125 runs “Ponting’s team in the 2003 World Cup, won all the group stages matches and lifted the World Cup Trophy.”
Ricky Ponting made the Test Captain
After a successful leading performance in the World Cup 2003, Ricky Ponting – permanently led the Australian test side and started his test captaincy in the Sri Lankan tour.
Australia played Sri Lanka and whitewashed them with a 3- 0 lead in the test series “He then permanently led the Australian test team from 2004 to 2010.
The 2007 World Cup
It was the three consecutive world cups for PONTING, and it was the second time he was leading the Australian Side. After successive 1999 and 2003 World Cup wins, Ponting eyes were in the 2007 world cup held in Bangladesh.”
Australia started its 2007 World Cup campaign beautifully. They defeated Scotland by a significant margin of 203 runs, with Ricky Ponting scoring a century in the first Match of the 2007 World Cup. Ponting made 103 off 19 balls and guided Australia to 334 in 50 overs.
In return, Scotland’s failed to get closer to the target all-out with 131 runs in 40 overs. “Australia got the first win.”
Australia then went on to play Netherlands, South Africa, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, and Srilanka to qualify for the second semi-final against South Africa.
The Australians completely dominated the South Africans in the second semi-final of the 2007 World Cup.
South Africa battered first. Australian top 3 fast bowlers Bracken, Shawn Tait, and McGrath dismissed the first three South African batters.
South Africans then failed to get the scoring Momentum going and only managed to put on a total of 149 losing all their wickets in 43 overs.
The Australians came to chase. Hence, Australians knocked out the South Africans in the second semi-final with the booming Knock of Michael Clarke and Matthew Hayden. They qualified for the finals to play against Sri Lanka in Barbados.
Australia in Three Consecutive World CUP Finals
The rain started to play its part in the finals match. Now, the final Match played for 38 overs.
The Australians with the IMPACTFUL Century of Adam Gilchrist and some middle-order contribution reached 281 in 38 overs.
Adam Gilchrist smashed all the Sri Lankan bowlers to score 149 runs in 104 balls. Sri Lankan bowlers like Lasith Malinga, dilhara Fernandez, Muttiah Muralidharan WERE taken charge and smashed all over the ground.
The Sri Lankan batters gave early wickets, and the only players that scored runs was Sanath Jayasuriya with his hard made 63 of 67 balls and Kumara Sangakkara with 54 of 52 balks.
Still, it was not enough for the Sri Lankans as they played 36 overs, and rain interrupted the play, making Australia win by the DL method.
Ricky Ponting created the record of winning two consecutive World cups as captain and one as the leading batsman of the Australian team.
Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 53 runs and again was the world champion of international cricket.
Ponting again went to lead Australia in 2006 and 2009 Champions Trophy and again appeared Victories in the ICC tournament.
Ricky ponting is the only cricketer to win four successive ICC Trophies for his Australian Side.
Ponting had a successful career as a player and the Captain of the Australia International squad.
Ricky ponting played his last series in the commonwealth Bank matches due to Michael Clarke’s Injury.
His absence made Ponting lead the Australian Cricket team. Therefore Ponting captained the 2011-12 Commonwealth Bank series after leaving his ODI Captaincy.
After that game, he said, “I don’t expect to play the One Day Internationals. I’m sure the selectors also don’t want me in the playing 11 as many young talents were waiting for the opportunity to represent the Australia national team. I’ll now play ONLY THE Test Internationals and the domestic cricket.”
On 29 November 2002, HE ANNOUNCED retirement from test cricket after the series against South Africa.
After returning from the test cricket, Ricky Ponting played for his domestic team Tasmania.
He was the leading run-scorer with 911 runs in that Season and was named the Player of the year “
Therefore, Ricky ponting retired in the year 2013 from all forms of cricket.”
Ricky Ponting International Captaincy Stats
- In 77 Tests as captain he won 48 matches with a winning percentage of 62.64 %
- In 229 One day Internationals as captain, he won 164 matches with a Winning percentage of 71.62%
- In 17 twenty Internationals as captain, he won 7 matches with a winning percentage of 41.18%
Ricky Ponting International Matches as a Player
- In 168 Test internationals, he scored 13378 runs with 41 centuries and 62 half-centuries.
- In 375 one-day international matches, he scored 13704 runs with 30 centuries and 82 half Centuries.
- Ricky Ponting was one of the greatest players to score more than 10000 runs in both the ODI and Test Format.
Ricky Ponting Awards
- Ricky Ponting Received Allan Border Medal in 2007, 2006, and 2009
- Garfield Sobers Trophy in 2007, 2008
- Compton Miller Medal in 2006
- Captain of the Year in 2007
Ricky punting Records
- First Batsman to score tons against all respective national
- He created the highest partnership of 252 in the champions trophy
- He is in the second spot after Sachin Tendulkar 100 Hundred “ Ponting made 71 centuries in his Overall career,”
- Only Captain To win 3 Consecutive World Cup, 1999, 2003, and 2007 Only captain to win 2 Consecutive World cups
Ponting is a legend of the cricket game, made the Australians proud by contributing with the bat and the captaincy.
He led the Australians in the golden period of cricket and Evolved to be the World champion.
Ricky Ponting – The Legend of World Cricket