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Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting Personal Profile (Personal Biography)
Full Name: Ricky Thomas Ponting
Nick Name: Punter
Date of Birth (Birthday): 19 December 1974
Birth Place: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Height: 5 ft10 in
Batting style: Right-hand
Bowling style: Right-arm medium, Right arm off break
Role: Batsman, Australian Test and ODI captain
Marital Status: Married
National Team: Australia
Sports Played : Cricket

Ponting made his first-class debut for Tasmania in November 1992, when just 17 years and 337 days old, becoming the youngest Tasmanian to play in a Sheffield Shield match. In 1995 he made his One Day International (ODI) debut, during a quadrangular tournament in New Zealand in a match against South Africa. His Test debut followed shortly after in1995 home series against Sri Lanka in Perth, in which he scored 96. Punter became One Day International captain in early-2002 and Test captain in early-2004. After being involved in 151 Tests and 352 ODIs, Ponting is Australia's leading run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket, with more than 25,000 international runs as of July 2010. He has scored 39Test centuries—behind only Indian Sachin Tendulkar (50), and South African Jacques Kallis (40) and third for most runs in ODIs behind Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya. Ricky Ponting remains the most successful Australian captain of all time, with 48 victories in 77 Tests since 2004 to 2010, while as a player he has taken part in 99 victories, the most by anyone in history.
Cricket Career
  • He is the only Australian to surpass 12,000 runs in Test and ODI cricket.
  • He has the most number of half centuries and centuries for Australia in ODIs.
  • With over 40 wins in tests and more than 150 ODI wins he is the most successful captain in history.
  • He holds the record for the highest score of for a captain in a WC final (140).
  • He has scored a century against every test playing nation and has the most number of centuries by an Australian, 39.
  • He has the most consecutive test wins as captain, a record of 16 shared with Steve Waugh.
  • He was named captain in Australia's 'greatest ever team' chosen by some of Australia's legendary cricketers.
  • He was a part of the ICC World XI in Tests and ODIs combined a record 8 times.
  • Ponting is one of only two captains to have led their countries to consecutive World Cup wins.
  • He was adjudged Australia's best Test player in 2003, 2004 and 2007 and Australia's best ODI player in 2002 and 2007.
  • He was conferred with the Wisden 'Australian Cricketer of the Year' honour for 2003-04.
  • Ponting was named as the ICC 'Player of the Year' in 2006 and 2007.
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