Ricky Ponting is a former Australian cricketer who has been regarded as one of the best batsmen of the 21st century. He was the captain of the Australian national team from 2004 to 2011. He has been part of three world cup winning teams in 1999, 2003 and 2007. He is Australia’s Highest scorer in both Tests and ODI’s.
He is one of the most successful captains of all time with 48 test victories in 77 matches. He is the first and only player to be part of 100 Test Victories. He has also been part of 262 ODI victories, which is again the highest for an international player.
Ricky ‘Thomas’ Ponting was born on December 19, 1974 at Launceston, Tasmania. His uncle Greg Campbell played Test cricket for Australia in the years 1989 and 1990. His uncle was the motivation behind Ponting taking interest in cricket. He first played for the Mowbray U-13 team in 1985. In 1986, at the Northern Tasmania junior cricket competition, he scored four centuries which was his first big achievement on the big stage. He left school after completing Grade 10 to focus full-time on cricket. For two years he was sent to the Australian Institute of Sport’s Cricket Academy to improve his batting skills.