Ricky Ponting, one of the most successful captains to ever lead a side in cricket has won the Ashes only once in his four attempts. The former Australian cricketer celebrates his 43rd birthday today.From captaining the golden era of Australian cricket, where they dominated every team in the world between the 22-yeards, which includes two ICC World cups (in 2003 and 2007) and the ICC Champions Trophies (in 2006 and 2009), the man has done it all.Ricky Thomas Ponting, was born in Tasmania on December 19, 1974 and went onto represent Australia at the age of 20, but he was unluckily given out for 96 on Test debut. He since went onto to play 168 Test matches for Australia, scoring 13378 runs in the longest format of the game. He finished his career with a confident Test average of 51.85, but what is more astounding is the fact that he crossed the three figure mark 41 time in Tests. He led Australia in nine consecutive Test series victories, a feat that the current Indian captain equalled recently.Happy birthday R.T. Ponting! To celebrate the great man’s big day, sit back and enjoy bulk pull shots from his brilliant career! pic.twitter.com/rVo9Z8uceS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 19, 2017Undoubtedly one of the greatest ever World Cup final innings – on his birthday, here’s Ricky Ponting scoring a fantastic 140* to lead Australia to their second consecutive title in 2003! ï¿½?ï¿½? pic.twitter.com/P2T1px2Box- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) December 19, 201727,483 international runs. 71 centuries. 146 fifties. Three time @cricketworldcup champion. Two ICC Champions Trophy titles. Undoubtedly one of the greatest ever batsmen and captains to grace the game.advertisementHappy Birthday to the legendary Ricky Ponting! pic.twitter.com/FssseHrmQy- ICC (@ICC) December 19, 2017Three CWC titles ï¿½?ï¿½?ï¿½?ï¿½?ï¿½?ï¿½?Two-time winning captainMost CWC matches (46)Most CWC catches (28)1,743 runs including five centuriesHigh score 140*Happy Birthday to Australia legend Ricky Ponting! ï¿½??ï¿½ï¿½??ï¿½ pic.twitter.com/uNPUO4KlMj- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) December 19, 2017In one day international cricket, Ponting has scored 13704, the most by an Australian, in 375 matches, which is also the most played by an Australian. He has 30 ODI centuries, again the most by an Australian. In short, the best one day player in the history of Australian cricket. He also has the distinction of leading Australia to 26 consecutive World Cup games undefeated.The modern great also tried his trade in the shortest and youngest cricket format, playing in 48 T20Is, scoring 909 runs. Even though he hasn’t won any trophies in the format as a player, Mumbai Indians won the 10th edition of the Indian premier League with him as coach.Batting ï¿½??Fielding ï¿½??Coaching ï¿½??Not only did Ricky Ponting give his ï¿½??ï¿½ percent to the game, but he even brought out the same from everyone around him. Here’s wishing #HappyBirthday to the Australian and MI legend! #CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/cuR2w94C7y- Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 19, 2017The only dent in his illustrious career is that he won The Ashes only once in his four tries as captain. His only triumph came in the 2006-07 home series. Australia whitewashed England with convincing victories in all the five Tests. Ponting led from the front and top-scored in the series with 576 runs including two hundreds.Steve Smith, the current Australian captain has managed to regain the ‘urn’ is his first try, as Australia steam-rolled the English in the first three Tests of the ongoing Ashes series. England lost the third Test by an innings and 41 runs at the WACA, as Australia took a 3-0 unassailable lead. An like Ponting, Steve Smith currently leads the most runs list having already scored 426 runs in just three Tests.”So many different emotions are coming out right now, I’m that excited,” Australia skipper Steve Smith said.”What an amazing feeling to win an Ashes series, my first as captain to be three-nil up…it’s quite incredible.”The fourth Ashes Test begins on Boxing Day (December 26) at Melbourne.
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