New Delhi: Former Australia legend Ricky Ponting turned 41 years on Saturday. The two-time ICC World Cup winner had one of the best cricket careers the world has ever seen.
Ponting was last seen playing for Shane Warner's Warriors at the All-Stars Cricket League in USA recently and the batsman showed despite his retirement years ago, class and skills will live on forever.
Ponting helped Warne's side win the three-match series after batting beautifully in the T20 tourney.
Ponting is also donning the cap of the head coach for Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians who wished him happy birthday beside the ICC.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2015
— ICC (@ICC) December 19, 2015
Ponting was one of the class acts the world of cricket has ever produced and is up there with several legendary figures like Sachin Tendulkar, Vivian Richards, Sir Donald Bradman and Brian Lara to name a few. Ponting celebrated his leadership in style and even as a batsman he was the king of the pitch.
His retirement came in 2012, as cricket fraternity bid adieu to one of the world's most coveted players. Ponting was in a legacy of his own that very few touched.
He redefined Test batting and was a sensational star in ODIs too. His numbers were emphatic in both formats of the game as he notched up 71 tons in his career in international cricket to highlight his supremacy.
Ponting has been Australia's hero and one of the best skippers to have played the sport. On his birthday lets look at his prolific career in numbers.
Tests: M – 168, Runs – 13378, HS – 257, AVG – 51.85, 100's – 41
ODIs: M -375, Runs – 13704, HS – 164, AVG – 42.03, 100's – 30
Ponting captained 2 consecutive World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007.
Held in high regards, Ricky Ponting is widely regarded as one of the greatest competitors the game has ever seen.