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Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting
Personal information
Full nameRicky Thomas Ponting
Birth Date (Y-M-D)1974-12-19
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
Country of birthAustralia
Batting styleRight-hand
Bowling styleRight-arm medium
Test Debut8 December 1995 v Sri Lanka
Last Test3 September 2011 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut15 February 1995 v South Africa
Last ODI22 August 2011 v Sri Lanka
T20I debut17 February 2005 v New Zealand
Last T20I8 June 2009 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no.14
T20I shirt no.14
Domestic team information
Kolkata Knight Riders2008
Hobart Hurricanes2011 -

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Ricky Thomas Ponting (born 19 December 1974), nicknamed Punter, is an Australian cricketer, a former captain of the Australian cricket team between 2004 and 2011 in Test cricket and 2002 and 2011 in One Day International cricket. He is a specialist right-handed batsman, slips and close catching fielder, as well as a very occasional bowler. He is regarded as one of Australia's finest cricketers in the modern era. He represents the Tasmanian Tigers in Australian domestic cricket and played in the Indian Premier League with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008.

Ponting made his first-class debut for Tasmania in November 1992, when just 17 years and 337 days old, becoming the youngest Tasmanian to play in a Sheffield Shield match. However, he had to wait until 1995 before making his One Day International (ODI) debut, during a quadrangular tournament in New Zealand in a match against South Africa. His Test debut followed shortly after, when selected for the first Test of the 1995 home series against Sri Lanka in Perth, in which he scored 96. He lost his place in the national team several times in the period before early-1999, due to lack of form and discipline, before becoming One Day International captain in early-2002 and Test captain in early-2004.

After being involved in 151 Tests and 352 ODIs, Ponting is Australia's leading run-scorer in Test and ODI cricket, with more than 25,000 international runs as of July 2010. He has scored 39 Test centuries-behind only Indian Sachin Tendulkar (51), and South African Jacques Kallis (40)-and second for most runs in ODIs behind Tendulkar.

Ricky Ponting is the most successful Australian captain of all time, with 48 victories in 77 Tests between 2004 and 31 December 2010, while as a player he is also the first cricketer in history to be involved in 100 Test victories.

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