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Ricky Ponting

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Australia, ICC World XI, Tasmania, Australia A, Surrey, Young Australia, Kolkata, Mumbai, Somerset, Australian XI, Hobart Hurricanes, Antigua Hawksbills, Warnes Warriors
Roles played:
Skipper-ODI,T20 | Ex Skipper-Test | Batsman
Home country:
December 19, 1974, Launceston,Tasmania


One of the finest batsmen produced by the highly rated Australian domestic circuit, Ricky Ponting has also been regarded as one of the best thinkers in the game. A resume which consists of two World Cup triumphs as skipper and the honour of being captain of the longest reigning number one Test team, 'Punter' finds himself in the pantheon of Aussie greats.

At a very young age, Ponting exhibited flair and a will for perfection which separated him from his peers. He debuted for Tasmania at the age of 17 and made an immediate impact. After a few consistent performances, he made his ODI debut for Australia in 1995 against South Africa, where he showed glimpses of his genius. A freak accident to mainstay Mark Waugh enabled Ponting to make his Test debut against Sri Lanka where he fell four short of a maiden Test ton. Quick feet and an ability to pick the line of the ball early is what made him special over the years. He has not only been a brilliant fielder but has the added knack of affecting run-outs. Ponting has been regarded as one of the best players of the hook and pull shot in the modern game.

The Tasmanian was a part of Steve Waugh’s ‘golden era’ that changed the face of Test cricket. After the sacking of Steve Waugh as ODI captain in 2002, Ponting was called on to lead the team in an away series against South Africa. Australia won comprehensively and he was consequently made ODI captain ahead of the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. It proved to be a master stroke as he led Australia to cup honours playing a massive hand in thrashing India in the finals. He repeated the feat in 2007, but was rather unsuccessful in 2011. Ponting then stepped down from the post he held for a long time, paving way for a younger generation to assume the leadership role.

In 2012, Punter, often considered to be Australia's best batsman since Sir Don Bradman, decided to call it quits, with one last appearance in Australia's third Test against South Africa at the WACA, Perth, which was co-incidentally the venue of his debut match too. However, in an illustrious career that spanned 17 glorious years, Ponting’s last Test turned out to be his worst performance since the 2001 debacle against India. But, the veteran wasn't done with cricket on the domestic front. He participated actively in that year's Big Bash League, representing Hobart Hurricanes. The following year, he was usurped by the Mumbai for the sixth IPL season and was appointed captain as well. In the same year, he was signed by Surrey for two months.

Fast Facts

  • Ricky Ponting became the first Australian to surpass 12,000 runs in Test and ODI cricket, and is Australia’s highest run-getter in both formats.
  • He was adjudged Australia’s Test player in 2003, 2004 and 2007 and Australia's best ODI player in 2002 and 2007.
  • Ponting was named ICC’s ‘‘Player of the Year’’ in 2006 and 2007.



  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 168 287 13378 29 51.85 58.72 41 62 257
ODI 375 365 13704 39 42.03 80.39 30 82 164
T20 17 16 401 2 28.64 132.78 0 2 98*
IPL 10 9 91 0 10.11 71.09 0 0 28
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 168 36 587 276 5 1/0 / 55.20 2.82 0 0 0 2
ODI 375 5 150 104 3 1/12 / 34.66 4.16 0 0 0 11
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 196 0 12
ODI 160 0 64
T20 8 0 2
IPL 4 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 77 48 16 0 13 62.34
ODI 230 165 51 2 12 71.74
T20 17 7 10 0 0 41.18
IPL 6 3 3 0 0 50


Australia Vs Sri Lanka at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth - Western Australia - Dec 08, 1995
Last played:
Australia Vs South Africa at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth - Nov 30, 2012
Australia Vs South Africa at Basin Reserve, Wellington - Feb 15, 1995
Last played:
Australia Vs India at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane - Feb 19, 2012
Australia Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Feb 17, 2005
Last played:
Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge, Nottingham - Jun 08, 2009
Kolkata Vs Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Apr 18, 2008
Last played:
Mumbai Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Apr 21, 2013