Ricky Ponting is also known as Punter. He is widely regarded as one of greatest captain of Australia. He broke the record of World Cup winning captain Steve Waugh. He made his Test debut in 1995 against Sri Lanka, ODI debut in 1995 against South Africa and T20I debut in 2005 against New Zealand. He scored a double century against India in 2003 at Adelaide. Ricky has an aggressive nature which took his team to become the World champion twice under his captaincy. Pointing left school after 10th standard due to cricket. Maybe he was sure that he belongs to cricket.
|Ricky Thomas Ponting|
|Autobiography:||Ponting: At the Close of Play|
|Height (approx.):||5′ 10”|
|Weight (approx.):||78 Kg|
|Eye Colour:||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour:||Dark Brown|
|Date of Birth:||19 December 1974|
|Age (as on 2018):||44 years|
|Birth Place:||Launceston, Tasmania, Australia|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Sagittarius|
|School:||Mowbray Heights Primary, Brooks Senior High School, Launceston|
|College:||Sport’s Cricket Academy|
|Educational Qualifications:||Left school after 10th standard|
|Father:||Graeme Ponting (cricketer)|
|Mother:||Lorraine Ponting (state vigoro champion)|
|Coach/Mentor:||Ian Young (died in 2010)|
|Address:||The Golden Mile of Brighton, Melbourne|
|Test:||Australia v Sri Lanka at Perth (8 to 11 Dec 1995)|
|ODI:||Australia v South Africa at Wellington (15 Feb 1995)|
|T20:||New Zealand v Australia at Auckland (17 Feb 2005)|
|Jersey Number:||#14 (Australia)|
|Domestic/State Team:||Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Somerset, Surrey, Tasmania|
|Nature on field:||Very Aggressive|
|Likes to play against:||England|
|Favourite Shot:||Pull Shot|
|Career Turning Point|
- When Pointing scored Four centuries in Under-13 Tasmanian cricket week
|Hobbies:||Playing golf, football and writing|
|Favourite Batsmen:||Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara|
|Favourite Bowlers:||Shane Warne|
|Favourite Cricket Ground:||NA|
|Favourite sports personalities:||NA|
|Favourite Food:||Tempura Shrimp (Japanese Food)|
|Favourite Actors:||Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman|
|Favourite Films:||Shawshank Redemption|
|Favourite Destinations:||Italy and Maldives|
|Cars Collection:||Ferrari Enzo|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|Affairs/Girlfriends/Wife:||Rianna Jennifer Cantor|
before we start with the controversies of Ricky Ponting let me tell about the reason behind his name ‘Punter’. Ricky is a much known controversial player and his love for gambling is not hidden. he is also famous for getting into the news for all the wrong reasons so he is called as Punter.
In 1999, Ricky Pointing was involved in a club Brawl. he was suspended for three matches for this behaviour of him.
He gave a comment on Michael Clark’s leader in his autobiography who is the successor pf Ponting after he left the captaincy. Ponting said he has a doubt over Clark’s captaincy skills. He didn’t involve much as a skipper but he always goes into his shell whenever he is struggling with his form or having some personal problem.
Ponting once controversially showed index figure to Sourav Ganguly after he was caught on the slips by Michael Clark.
Zaheer Khan once ridiculed Ricky Ponting when he was run out. Ponting retaliated with his natural reaction, he reacted with some words where Billy Bowden had tointervene.
Awards and recognitions
- He is awarded Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 2003
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2006
- Allan Border Medal, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009
- Australian Test Player of the Year 2003, 2004, 2007
- Australian ODI Player of the Year 2002, 2007
- ICC Player of the Year 2006, 2007
- ICC Captain of the Year 2007
- ICC Test Player of the Year 2006
- He was declared as the Player of the Decade
- He was inducted in Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2015
- He was Honoured with Order of Australia membership in 2012.
|Net Worth:||₹6.5 crore ($65 million)|
|Lesser Known Facts|
- Pointing’s uncle represented Australia internationally during 1989-1990, he played 4 test and 12 ODI’s.
- Pointing acquired his life’s first sponsorship at the age of 14 from Kookaburra Sports.
- His first love was football.
- He had some differences of opinion with Harbhajan Singh later on Playing for Mumbai Indians turned their relationship into a sweeter one.
- He scored a double century against India in 2003 at Adelaide.
- He had 8 International Wickets under his name.
- He captained Australia from 2003 -2011 in which he became the most succesful captain of the world and made Australia two times world champion.