Apart from being a batting maestro, former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting was an outstanding fielder. He probably sits right next to Jonty Rhodes whenever the best fielders in cricket are counted. His speciality was getting the batters run out with direct hits.
Talking about his fielding credentials, Ricky Ponting holds the record of running out most times, i.e., 80 times in Tests, ODIs and T20Is in 560 matches played. Next are Rhodes (68), Sanath Jayasuriya (63) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (57).
Ricky Ponting opens up on his secret behind direct hits:
In a recent interaction, Ponting, who is currently the head coach of Delhi Capitals, revealed how he run out the batsman with direct hits. He explained that he confused the batsman with his direction of running while fielding.
“If I was going to get the run out from a ball pushed out towards deep point … the ball that was blocked in on or around point, I was making an angle towards the bowler’s end stumps so I was already moving in that direction and I was a couple of steps ahead of the batsman,” he said.
“Once (the batsman) played it down and saw it go into the point, I was a lot closer than he thought I was going to be. I think that was one of the reasons I probably got as many run-outs with direct hits at the bowler’s end because I’d got a few yards on them and they didn’t really know where I was going to be,” he added.
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