The big man has finally stepped down as captain after a lot of buzz in the media and cricket circuit. Ponting being the most successful captain in ODIs & Tests has resigned as the captain of Australian cricket team in all forms of cricket.
15 years back when Ponting played his first ODI in 1995 and scored just 1 run, who would have thought that this young man would become a cricketing legend. He became one of the greatest batsmen to play this game. He has many individual records to his name in batting. If it was not Sachin, then I am sure he would have been the greatest batsmen ever. The number of runs & centuries he scored is just next to Sachin.
His success as a captain started with a bang. He lost the Ashes in England in 2005 but came back hard with a 5-0 white wash in the Ashes in Australia the next year. From there he went on to win 48 tests out of 77 and lost only 16. This is the best ever for any captain. He showed the same temperament in ODIs and went on to win 164 ODIs out of the 228 and lost only 50. This is also best for any captain. He is the also the only player to win ICC player of the year twice. He has won the most individual awards available in cricketing circuit than any other player.
Since 2007 world cup as many of the senior players have left the team, Ponting was left with a young and inexperienced but talented team. But he could not get the team together and started to smell defeats at regular intervals. In his captaincy Australia lost 3 Ashes series that were played in England. Due to these defeats overshadowing the successes that he has brought to the country, his removal from captaincy was obvious. After the defeat in World Cup 2011 quarters against India, he took the right decision and resigned from captaincy.
I hope to see him back in form and hit more runs and entertain us.