Ricky Ponting in World Cup 2011
Ricky Ponting in World Cup 2011 ~ Google Image

The honor of Australian captain Ricky Ponting as a batsman and as a captain is not hidden from anyone. The Tasmania right-handed batsman achieved many big achievements in his career. Australia also won two consecutive World Cups in 2003 and 2007 under Ponting’s captaincy.

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Even in 2006, the team encroached on the Champions Trophy. Ricky Ponting captained Australia in 77 Tests, of which the team won 48 matches. As far as ODIs are concerned, Ponting captained the team to 228 matches and won the team in 162 matches.

Why Ricky Ponting left captaincy after the 2011 Quarter-Final against India?

Now his fans were stunned as to why the captain decided to leave the captaincy. Ricky Ponting relinquished the captaincy after quarter-final 2011. However, the Australian player has now revealed why he was surprised that he had decided to quit the captaincy. He even said that this decision had hurt him a lot.

“Did it hurt? Yes. Giving it up hurt. I think I realised it was the right time for Australian cricket,” Ponting told Sky Sports. He further opined, “I want to give the next captain appropriate time to go into the next couple of big tournaments. I wanted to ensure Michael (Clarke) had enough time to be the best captain he can be in the next big event.”

“It was really touch and go that would make it to the next Ashes. I thought it was right time to give it up and give Michael every opportunity,” he added.

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The former Australia captain said that I had scored a century in the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup. And I was playing well then. When I said that I want to continue playing, some people questioned it. But I made this decision so that I can help the young players coming into the team.

Ricky Ponting retired in 2013

Ricky Ponting retirement in 2013
Ricky Ponting retirement in 2013 ~ Google Image

Rickey Ponting retired from international cricket in 2013. He was also the coach of Mumbai Indians from 2014 to 2016 in the Indian Premier League. After this, he took the responsibility of the post of coach of IPL team Delhi Capitals in the year 2018.