Australian legendary captain Ricky Ponting was one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He was one of the finest leaders as he was a part of the 1999, 2003 & 2007 World Cup Triumph. The batter was quite fortunate to have the best players with him which included Bret Lee & Glenn McGrath. Bret Lee in general was a dashing fast bowler who used to rip the batting lineup.
Ricky Ponting was someone who used to always support the bowlers in tough times. Australian Cricket Team was a force to reckon with as they were firing all the cylinders. Ricky Ponting was always ready for a steep challenge and was always in the face of the opponent. Bret Lee, the speedster had created fear amongst the batters with his impeccable line & lengths.
Bret Lee on Ricky Ponting
Bret Lee shared an interesting story about Ricky Ponting on his YouTube channel. “When he burst onto the scene in the 90s no one knew what was coming when they saw Ricky Ponting.”
“I think back to the cricket academy; back at 94-95 I was down there and we had to do a thing under the guidance of Rod Marsh,” he continued
“We had to face 12 balls at a 160 kmph off the bowling machine in the cricket net. You can imagine guys like me who aren’t great batsmen being petrified, facing the bowling machine at 160 kmph getting hit everywhere; in the head, in the helmet, in the arm.” said Bret Lee
“Well, the rumour is that when he (Ponting) went there in the early 90s, he went there with a cap on. Rod Marsh said ‘what are you doing?’ He said ‘I’m batting’. 160 kmph he goes bang, hitting the ball in front of the square; did not miss one.
“And Rod Marsh back then who was a wonderful coach and a great selector and a great talent scout said straightaway ‘this guy will play a lot of cricket for Australia,” he concluded
Ricky Ponting is still into cricket
The Legendary Captain currently is the head coach of Delhi Capitals. He is making sure that he is grooming the next generation. The batter has been around Delhi Capitals since 2018 and under his leadership, the team had made play-offs 3 times out of 5.
Former Captain can also be seen doing commentary and is a part of Hobart Hurricanes staff. The batter has also experience of being with the Australian team as an assistant coach for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. It won’t be wrong to say that the veteran is still passionate about the game of cricket.