Friday, November 30, 2012

Farewell Ricky Ponting

I saw Ricky Ponting's Test debut in 1995 vs Sri Lanka at the WACA in Perth - scorecard. He made 96, was given out to a very high LBW decision and was clearly robbed of a century on debut. He's turned out to be a marvellous and, at times, dazzling batsman for Australia. Sadly, the time has come to retire. Actually I consider that he should have retired about two years ago.

In a match which he was obviously hoping to make his swansong I find it rather ironic that at the end of the first day's play the coach has decided that Nathan Lyon, genuine no. 11, should come in as nightwatchman in front of Ponting. Ricky had better make a swashbuckling 75 or more tomorrow. You'd hate to see Lyon actually go on to make more runs than him.

Farewell Ricky - well played. Go back to Sheffield Shield for a few seasons and give something back to the lower grade. Vid on YouTube showing his debut and the horrible decision to rob him of a century on debut.


Anonymous said...

We will miss him. Chuck

SMS said...

Pointing's retirement is just not end of one magnificent career but a deep friendly rivalry which we posses as die hard india fans. At a movement we may feel that a Australia is easy to counter but we also will miss great excitement in play we use to posses in watching the game. His strong & anchoring stands against any ball attack which make us every ball count will be missed. There will be many good players but a rare breed of test players like him will be always felt missing.

Hammy said...

Thanks for your feedback SMS. I see that Nathan Lyon did outscore him in the first innings.