|Ricky Ponting at a training session at the Adelaide Oval (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
At a time when cricket is passing through a critical stage of its history and losing some of its charm as a result of match fixing and other scandals, another legend is saying goodbye to cricket. According to news reports, Australian batting great and captain Ricky Ponting has left the cricket field forever. Ponting announced his retirement from all types of cricket before the series with South Africa. Ricky Ponting scored 13,000 runs in Test cricket, which is the second highest after Sachin Tendulkar of India. Those who follow cricket consider him the second greatest batsman in Australian cricket history after Sir Donald Bradman. Ponting’s remarkable performance has surpassed that of former captains Steve Waugh and Allan Border. In his captaincy Australia won two World Cup crowns. Ponting scored a remarkable century in the World Cup final against India. Although he scored just eight runs in his last innings against South Africa in Perth, he is the only player after Sachin Tendulkar to have scored more than 13,000 runs, and he was master in under pressure cricket. Ponting’s career was neat and clean just like his performance on the field, and despite the long years of his career, he was never involved in a scandal.
Australia will find it hard to replace him and cricket has lost one of its superstars which is very unfortunate.
KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ