Australia’s two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting returned to commentary duties a day after being rushed to the hospital with a suspected heart problem on the third day of the first Test between Australia and the West Indies. Ponting described his experience as a “scary moment” when he returned to the commentary box.
The former Australian batsman is currently part of the Seven Cricket broadcast team for the West Indies tour of Australia. Ponting had to undergo a medical before returning to his hotel room on Friday. After complaining from the commentary box to his colleague Justin Langer and head of sevens cricket Chris Jones of feeling dizzy and nauseous, he was rushed to hospital by team doctor Lee Golding.
Didn’t Want To Give Too Much Away When I Was On Air – Ricky Ponting
Ponting explained his health problems, which shocked the cricketing world when he said he had “some really small and sharp pains” in his chest during live broadcasts but “didn’t want to give away too much.”
“I was sitting in the comms box halfway through the stint and got a couple of really short and sharp pains to my chest. I tried to stretch it out and get rid of it, and probably didn’t want to give too much away when I was on air,” he told Fox Cricket.
“I had a couple of those incidents, got through the stint and went to walk to the back of the commentary box and got lightheaded and dizzy and grabbed the bench. I mentioned to JL on the way out, who was commentating with me, that I had had these pains in my chest and Chris Jones (executive producer) heard me and just reacted straight away and got me out of there. 10 or 15 minutes later, I was in the hospital getting the best treatment that I possibly could.”
It Is A Great Lesson For Everyone – Justin Langer
Meanwhile, the importance of former Australian coach Justin Langer cannot be overstated, as he was the one who took the initiative to rush Ponting along with Jones to the nearby hospital.
“I knew if Ricky Ponting comes to me and says something is not quite right, well, you know something is not quite right. I think it is a great lesson for everyone. That after our 12 months, it has become very published, with Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, of course, Ryan Campbell, when someone says they’ve got something going on, then talk up.”
“And it was good to see the little fella not being the tough guy, not being the Ice Man, and reaching out to his friends. And as Ricky said, we got some great care for him yesterday afternoon.”
Ponting played 168 Tests and 375 One-Day Internationals for Australia, and he is the country’s all-time leading run scorer in both formats. He is also the only Australian skipper to win two ODI World Cups and a Champions Trophy.