Bye Bye Ricky

February 20, 2012

Someone smart, once said;

“Great batsman knows when to hang up his gloves” – Ehsen

Well, Ricky Ponting is definitely not one of them. I have written about Ricky on a number of occasions, he is one of the best batsmen of this era. I was hoping that he would leave on a high note. Australian cricket board sets the benchmark for the rest to follow.

Another one I am worried about is Sachin Tendulkar, but he is lucky enough to have BCCI on his back. BCCI would go any length to have him glorified (not does he need anymore), even if they had to loose many more series.

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Indian nightmare in Australia is continuing with another huge defeat in Sydney. India has their best chance to equal the series 1-1, as Sydney Cricket Ground was relatively favorable to their batting lineup. From the day one Sydney pitch favored the batsmen but Indians couldn’t take advantage of winning the toss.

MS Dhoni has a cool head as a captain, but his captaincy decisions are being questioned in the series and they will be scrutinized as the series will progress. India has been avoiding the issue of their ageing middle order for a while but this is the time for some senior’s players to think for the country and give way for younger batsmen, likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. VVS Laxman has not been performing for a few series now and ‘The Wall’ seems to have holes in it. Rahul Dravid ‘The Wall’, who is known for his text book technique has some astounding figures of getting out bowled. He stands no 2 on hall of shame now; 52 times his wood has been rattled. He might lead the list by the end of this series.

Hole in 'The Wall'

Rahul Dravid

Along the perforated wall Sachin Tendulkar is the only beacon holder for the old group. Sachin seems to be haunted by that illusive hundred that he has been chasing for a while now. Australia, on the other hand, has emerged, once again as the dominant force that they used to be.  They have been finding some good pace bowlers but those bowlers, but some of them were made to look mediocre during last Ashes.

Alike India, Australian team has a section ready to be admitted to retirement village but pedestrian Indian bowling attack has added few more years to their working life. Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussy, who owes a big thanks to Pakistanis (Team & bookmakers) for giving them second cricketing life in 2010. Pakistan’s defeat can be associated with greed and PCB’s financial troubles (with a laugh). India’s no 1 position (rolling eyes) is on stake, let’s see what excuse do they have for loosing in Sydney.

Pup has grown up, so we can rightly call him a ‘Dog’, maybe. Michael Clark’s 329 were amazing to watch. And what about his gallant decision to retire on this score? I personally wanted him to get pass 334, just because he deserved to beat Mark Taylor.

Just came across an interesting post on Ricky Ponting.

http://shortofalength.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/being-yet-another-glorious-chapter-in-ricky-pontings-stand-on-the-spirit-of-cricket/

And there is another video after match controversy in 2008..

Rickey replied to a question ,”What is did in the first innings, doesn’t explain the way I play the game”…It sure does explain that you are the biggest hypocrite the game has ever seen.

Reason why Sachin Tendulkar is widely appreciated throughout the cricketing world can be associated to his demeanor.

Oops I did it again

March 17, 2011

I don’t want to say anything about Ricky Ponting.

Are we there yet !

December 29, 2010

England has done it in style, keeping Ashes urn, winning it in Australia after 18 years. It would not be wrong to say, England outplayed Australia in every aspect of the test match. My pick of the match was Ricky Ponting ‘s argument with cool headed umpire Aleem Dar.

It took good five plus minutes of the test match in, what appeared to be a heated argument between the Rickey Ponting and the Umpire. It was not the first time Ricky Ponting has been involved in on field animated arguments with umpires and opposition. But, surprisingly he was only charged 40% of his match fee, which does not seem to be appropriate. I have seen players been banned for two matches for incident lot minor than this altercation.

Ricky has done a lot of good for Australia but I do not like him because of his lack of sportsman spirit spanned throughout his career. He is on the decline for few years now, his captaincy was under threat during last season as well. Though he got a lucky boost during 2009 when Pakistan toured Australia. He owes a big thanks to Mazhar Majeed for granting him another season in a plate.

I am a firm believer that a great player should leave when he is still considered as one of the best in his area of expertise or at least he should be mature enough to understand the changing nature of their role. Prime examples of great players who said good bye are Adam Gilchrist and McGrath. Steve Waugh was another great example, who came under scrutiny during last season of his career but he shut all of his opponents by hitting one of his best tone in the very last match of his career.

When public start asking – Are we there yet? It does not do any good for the future Autobiography. I would like to see a superb last inning by Ricky and leave the cricket they way he deserve.  Doesn’t matter how much do I dislike the non-technical skills of Ricky Ponting I wouldn’t like to see him deported to Tasmania and advised only to race greyhounds, as Damien Flemming mentioned.



Worst in Decades!

October 13, 2010

Indian cricket team and espcially Sachin Tendulkar has proved, why he is the best but humiliating Ricky Ponting’s Australian side. Ricky Ponting widely recognized as one of the Australia’s best ever batsman but he brilliance with the bat was not enough to save Australia in their consecutive test defeats in India

Except his Cricketing skill - Ponting is not very popular in rest of the World

There is no denying in Ricky Pontings batting talent but his ability to captain Australian team has always been hidden behind ever so talented Australian team.On field his rude antics, exceptional fielding skills and special pulling and hooking abilities are hard to miss.Ponting has not been tested as a captain untill recent years, but now his leadership abilities have become evident.

When team is on a winning streak, no one take notice of little mishaps. Ponting had made career ending decisions time and time again throughout his captaining era but he had the backing of master minds like Shane Waren, Glenn McGrath to save him from, literally any situation.

In history, Ponting might go as one of the worst Australian captain in decades. If you look how and why he has lost so many games despite having one of the most talented team under his command.