PONTING

Ricky Ponting’s compatriot Michael Clarke doesn’t think that India’s triumph in Sri Lanka is a lesser feat in comparison to the other overseas triumphs that they have had so far.


Most of the pundits are not willing to give too much importance to the whitewash that India secured over their neighbouring Island nation recently as they are of the view that neither the opposition nor the conditions were challenging enough for India in that series.

But Clarke’s view differs in that regard as he reckons that the victories that come on foreign soil, whichever opposition they may come against, they should be given their due recognition because playing the longest form of the game on foreign soil is always challenging.

Clarke stresses that for the past some time, most of the teams in the Cricketing circuit are having troubles on tours. So if any team shows consistency as a touring team going ahead, that team would establish itself at the top of the rankings.

It has been much of a glorious year for Virat Kohli, India’s Test captain and the Indian Cricket Test team in general.


Kohli has been able to break some records, equal some others, and break some new records as well.

With his recent career best of 235 runs, Kohli joined the elite list of players who had scored three or more double centuries in the course of a calendar year as he became the fifth player so far.

There are now five batsmen who hold the record, with Michael Clarke, leading the pack with a total of four double centuries in a calendar year.

The rest of the players holding that record includes Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum and Don Bradman.

Also, Kohli became the third captain to score three doubles in a year. The other two captains are the duo of Michael Clarke, who achieved the record in 2012, and McCullum in 2014.

The head of the pitch making at the SSC ground, Mr.de Zoysa, reckons the Aussies are highly annoyed to be trailed by 2 games to none and just to defend themselves, they are blaming everything.


The Aussies have had a lot of things to lament during the test series so far. First of all, they are unhappy that the tracks they have been asked to practice on have a lot of green tinge on them and they can’t be ideally prepared for the games practicing on those tracks as the tracks on which the games are played happen to be hundred per cent barren and behave totally differently to how the green tracks behave.

Apart from that, in Colombo where they are presently playing the third game, they have not been given the permission to have their fielding, catching and wicket-keeping drills in the area they wanted and they have had to do that on other side and they haven’t appreciated that.

Mumbai Indians might not have made the playoffs in IPL, but, some of the things that Ricky Ponting did while being in charge of them this season did not harm his stature as a tactician at all.


One of the moves of the Aussie legend was quite weird when of all the people sitting in the hut; he chose the no. 11 Mitchell McLenaghan to bat four against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.

If you want big hitting, you have got names like Jos Buttler and Kieron Pollard and in case you want only a pinch hitter, there is an option in Harbhajan Singh who has done it for Mumbai once or twice already.

McLenaghan doesn’t bat higher than 10-11 even for his province side back in New Zealand. So, why would you have somebody like him ahead of all the other reputed personnel, that’s what everyone was wondering.

But, when Rohit Sharma explained the coach’s point of view later on, it made some sense and, also showed how much of an alert and instinctive character Ponting is.

According to Rohit, Ponting’s view was that Kolkata had a left arm spinner and a leg spinner in operation at that stage and it was comparatively easier for a southpaw to hit them.

Ricky Ponting reckons a different brand of Cricket balls should be used in the domestic set up in Australia.

Currently, it’s the Kookaburra balls which are in use in first class Cricket down under, but, according to the Punter, there is a need to consider using Dukes as they would pose more challenges to the batsmen and would ultimately help them getting their techniques tightened up.

The Dukes have the reputation to swing for a bigger length of time than the Kookaburras which hardly swing.

Apart from the balls, the other thing that Ponting is not happy about is the fact that the pitches at almost all the venues in Australia are getting flatter and flatter.

In the views of the most successful Australian captain till date, the batsmen should be put in difficult batting conditions from time to time so that they do not get exposed badly when they tour overseas especially to the countries like England.

On their recent Ashes tour, the Kangaroos were bowled out for 136 and 60 respectively in their first innings in the third and the 4th test match and those two batting performances took the urn away from them.