Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is regarded as one of the greatest skippers of all time. He led his country to two ICC World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007 alongside bringing many accolades for the great nation. Recently, the legendary cricketer opened on the biggest regrets from his illustrious career.
Ponting was at the skipper of Australia between 2002 and 2011 in ODI cricket. Under his captaincy, Australia became a formidable force in the limited-overs format. He was the skipper of Test team from 2004 to 2011 and tasted massive success in the purest format as well. Ricky Ponting is considered one of the best batsmen of all time, and he led Australia to 165 wins in 230 matches across all formats, with a staggering win ratio of 76.14%.
Despite all the successes and the World Cup titles, the veteran still has a few regrets as he reflected back on his career. However, Ponting managed to win just one of four Ashes series in his reign. England got the better of them one three occasions, in 2005, 2009, and in 2010-11. In his interview, with Sky Sports, as part of their Captain’s Log podcast series, Ricky Ponting said that the first two Ashes defeat hurts him the most.
“The first two probably hurt more because we were expected to win more, certainly in 2005,” said Ponting. “Everyone in 2005 expected us to just come over here, whitewash them [England] again and come back with the Ashes. That didn’t happen that way. Certainly, for me, the 2005 defeat was the hardest to cope with. But 2010-11, we were just completely outplayed,” he added.
Ricky Ponting has represented Australia in 375 ODIs and has 168 Test caps to his name and took part in 17 T2oI matches before announcing his retirement.