Happy Birthday Ricky Ponting: A look at his 5 all-time records
First Published Dec 19, 2020, 5:37 PM IST
Ricky Ponting is one of the most successful skippers of Australia, having led the side to twin ICC World Cup titles. Ponting has also been a part of the Indian Premier League. He also won the title with Mumbai Indians, both as a player and a coach.
Australia has made a name for itself in world cricket owing to their flawless gameplay, while it has also produced many world-class players over the years. As for the team, it has been led by various top-class captain, and one of them happens to be Ricky Ponting.
Ponting is one of the most successful skippers for Australia, having won twin ICC World Cups. He also played a pivotal role in helping Australia dominate the number one rankings in ODIs and Tests for a long time.
Outside Australia, he also happens to have won the Indian Premier League (IPL), both as a player and a coach. As he celebrates his 46th birthday, we take a look at five of the records he holds in the sport.
First to score ODI ton against all: In a unique record, Poting became the first batsman to score a century in the ODIs against all the Test-playing nations. However, it does not include Afghanistan and Ireland, since the sides did not attain Test status until 2018.
Highest partnership in ICC Champions Trophy: Although the tournament might be scrapped now, Ponting holds an exceptional record in it, as he, along with Shane Watson, scripted the highest partnership for any wicket. It happened to be an unbeaten 252 for the second wicket, against England.
Highest Test score in a losing cause: In another record feat, Ponting played a commendable knock of 242 against India, as Australia lost the game. However, it turned out to be the highest ever Test score by a batsman on a losing cause.
Highest run-scorer for Australia: As for his most significant record, he happens to be the highest run-scorer for Australia in two of the most prominent formats. He has scored 13,378 runs in Tests, bettering Allan Border, while in ODIs, he has scored 13,589.
Most successful ODI skipper: Ponting undoubtedly is an inspiration for any captain in world cricket. He has led Australia to 165 wins in 230 ODIs, which happens to be the most by any skipper, with a win percentage of 76.14. He also has the most Test wins under his leadership for Australia (48).
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