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Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody recalled the time when he saw Ricky Ponting for the first time as the 16-year old youngster. Ponting was the talk of the town with his impressive performances in the domestic circuit and former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh had predicted that Ponting will be a superstar. Ponting was part of the Australian academy and caught the eyes of Rod Marsh, who was the head of the academy.
Subsequently, Ponting made his debut in both the formats in 1995. The right-hander didn’t have a great start to his ODI debut against South Africa as he was dismissed for a solitary run. However, the Tasmanian was able to grab his chance in the Test format as he scored a fine knock of 96 against Sri Lanka on his debut.
Ricky Ponting was the best in the business
Ponting then started to be more consistent in both the forms of the game and delivered the goods for the team. The right-hander was well known for his intensity from ball one and loved taking the attack against the opposition.
“When Ponting was part of the Australian academy even before he played a first-class game – Rod Marsh was head of the academy – and he told me that he had never seen anyone pick length as quickly as Ponting did. This was when Ponting was a 16-year-old kid and Marsh had said this kid is going to be a superstar,” Moody said during the show ‘Cricket Inside Out’ on the ICC website.
Moody added Ponting was able to learn from his mistakes. The right-hander was a tad overaggressive in the formative years of his career but he was able to make the most of his skills. Ponting was consistent right throughout his career and went on to become one of the best ever captains.
“Ponting was a rough diamond when he first arrived. He made mistakes as we all have but he has learned from them and evolved into a match-winner. He became one of the most respected Australian batsmen, captain, commentator, and now a coach,” Moody added.
Ponting had a winning percent of 67.91 as he led the team with aplomb. Punter, as he was famously known, led Australia to glory in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. Ponting won 200 matches out of 324 in which he led his team. He led Australia in 77 Tests (48 wins) and 228 ODIs (162 wins).
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