Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting has retired from cricket and taken to the field for the last time after the third test match against South Africa in Perth on Monday. Not quite the farewell Ponting was hoping for, the Proteas took the series winning the final test by 390 runs.
Pointing revealed that “I was more nervous for this game than for any other game that I have played, just for the reason how much it means to me to play for Australia and wanting to finish the right way.”
Not until the end of the match, during which he was so focussed on scoring runs, had his retirement from cricket sunk in.
Upon his final walk to the crease, Ponting received a guard of honour from the Proteas, a gesture that touched him greatly and one that will “remain with me forever,” said Ponting.
In addition to the players on the field, Ponting received a standing ovation and cheer from a stadium filled with very proud spectators.
Considered as one of the greatest players in history, Ponting won the World Cup three times and led Australia to a joint record 16 successive Test wins. In his career, Ponting scored 13 378 test runs at an average of 51.85, with a highest score of 257. Added to this he compiled 13 704 ODI runs in 375 matches.
Ponting concluded by saying that ”Hopefully my impact and my input on Australian cricket has left something behind – Thank You.”
Watch Ponting’s retirement announcement in the video below:
Source: Super Sport