A very brave batsman: Ian

Calcutta/Perth: Australian Parliament temporarily halted proceedings while current and former cricketers paid rich tributes to Ricky Ponting, who would be retiring after the third Test against South Africa, beginning on Friday.

While former teammates Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee hoped that Ponting would score a century in his last Test, former England captain Michael Vaughan rated him as one of the best batsman.

Here's what they had to say (alphabetically)

Stuart Broad (on Twitter): Huge respect for how Ponting played the game. Tough competitor Aussies will miss him. 100 at Perth to finish?

Ian Chappell: The thing I liked about him was that he was always trying to win the game. He was always prepared to take the attack to the bowlers. He was a very aggressive player, looking to dominate. Not only a skillful … batsman, but a very brave one.

Sunil Gavaskar: Ponting's legacy won't be affected by the lean patch that he was going through recently. Players are always remembered for what they have achieved and not for what they haven't achieved. There are very few players who can match Ponting's record… I mean he had an outstanding career… He has scored a lot of runs, won a lot of trophies as a captain… The blots in his career would be the 2005 and 2009 Ashes losses when he captaining the Australian side.

Adam Gilchrist: I am really thrilled for him that he has been able to make a decision regardless of what people think, whether it is too late or premature, his is the only mind that needed to be satisfied… In recent times there seemed to be bit of a public perception that Ricky was a bit disgruntled, sour, but I hope he will be remembered for the entertainment and commitment he provided to the team. He is right up there with the best Australian batsman since Bradman but but I don't usually like to compare generations.

I have cried in front of him a lot. I love the bloke and he deserves every credit that comes his way..

Matthew Hayden (on Twitter): Punter, congratulations on a fantastic career. Your departure will be a massive hole in the Australian Cricket team #RickyPonting #Legend.

Virat Kohli (on Twitter): Ricky Ponting what an absolute legend. I am glad I had the honour of playing against him. Take a bow #legend #respect.

Brett Lee (on Twitter): Congrats Punter on a fantastic career, enjoyed playing along side you! Go out with a bang mate!

Glenn McGrath: 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. Australia will miss you.

Suresh Raina (on Twitter): Congratulations Ricky Ponting for an incredible career. The most successful skipper brilliant batsman. Wish legends could stay forever…

Graeme Swann (on Twitter): You have to take your hat off to Ricky Ponting calling time on a magnificent career. Hell of a player.

Michael Vaughan (on Twitter): The best batsman I had the privilege to play against... Ricky Ponting... #Punter Australia cricket will not be the same without him...

Shane Warne (on Twitter): Congrats to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career, well done Punter... Enjoy your last match in Perth buddy, was a pleasure playing with you!!!

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Punjab pull off another big chase

Punjab pull off another big chase

GAME 7, SHARJAH—Maxwell, Miller, Pujara chase down Rajasthan's 192. More »

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Shastri in proposed IPL probe panel

Some members stressed on the need for proposing names with an "impeccable record and clean image". More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusiast.” More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »