Ricky Thomas Ponting, nicknamed as Punter is former Australian cricketer of Australian national team. He is right-handed batsmen and served as captain for good time of his career and every cricketer could easily say that he is the best captain till date. This is because of the aggressive captaincy and fielding set by him. His grip over the game made him invincible, as he has scored the most number of runs by an Australian in tests, which is 13,378.He has highest number of centuries among Australian team in tests.
Australian team in his era was one of the most feared team. Ricky Ponting is clearly a role model for coming day captains as the team hasn’t won any big Leagues after his retirement. He led his team to 48 victories out of 77 matches when he served Australian team as a captain, which is a phenomenal record by any captain till date. He has played overall 160 tests and 370 ODI’s in his career. He is the only cricketer to have played in 100 tests, which is a great achievement, a rare milestone.
Ricky Pointing is the all-time best captain
He holds the third place for highest number of centuries after Kallis and Sachin Tendulkar. His style of batting is a key thing to talk about, as his shots are pretty stylish and he is very good at playing textbook shots. There was a time when one thought that Ricky Ponting would definitely be the highest scorer crossing Sachin Tendulkar, though it didn’t happen. In his career as captain, Australia was all time favorites and was a team which made their opponents sweat on field.
They had excellent bowlers and big hitters who would wreck the opponent team. They were ruthless on field and never backed down in sledging the opponent and Ricky Ponting was clearly the most aggressive captain and was a great fielder too. He also has the highest ODI runs by an Australian which is 13,074 runs. He is definitely quoted as the best captain as he played an important role in those victories as a captain and batsman. He had a staggering batting average of 51.85 in tests which are very impressive when considering the number of matches he has played.
All-time best captain
In 2013 he even captained for Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League as it was his last season, playing for the League. He is known as the only captain to win highest number of World Cups. He has also won the title of ICC Captain of the year in 2007 which shows his mettle as captain. He has also won for two consecutive years the Australian Test player of the year. Ponting got 14 “man of the match” awards in 110 tests which show his competence as a batsman. Allan Border Medal considered as one of the prestigious prize in Australian cricket, Ricky Ponting received this medal in the year 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009, highest number of times it was ever won by any Australian batsman.
Graeme Smith has the highest number of Test victories as captain, which is 48 victories after him the spot is held by Ricky Ponting. He is easily known for his aggressive field set up which was at sometime also called impregnable, also because of the team’s exceptional fielding skills. He is the only player to have been part of three World Cup victories, were he had captained for two WorldCups. He had scored 140 undefeated in 2003 world cup final and was given man of the match. No wonder why Ricky Pointing is known as one of the best captains of all-time by both cricketers as well as cricket fans.