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Ricky Ponting Recalls 2004 Tour Of India

By Rashmi Nanda -

 Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting enjoyed huge success as a captain for a long duration, who led his side in 77 Tests and won 48 of those games. He is the second most Test winning captain of the world only behind to South Africa’s Graeme Smith. 

But the legendary captain has not won even a single match in India as the captain. As a leader, Ponting’s records in India are as follows: He lost 5 out of the 7 games and drew 2, in 2008 at Bangalore  and at Delhi.

Australia won the last Test Series in India in 2004 under the captaincy of Ponting, who was agonizingly injured due to a fractured thumb and he was not able to led the side because of which Adam Gilchrist was appointed the stand in captain for the Bangalore and Nagpur Test, which  was won by the Aussies. After recovering from injury, Ponting led the last Test in Mumbai, which ha

As per the reports of Sportzwiki, Ponting stated, “I got there in time for the third Test, which was the Test we won to win the Series. I then come back and played the last Test, which was we lost.”

The former Aussie skipper further added, “Yeah, I felt like I missed out by not being a player in the team, but we’d been building towards having that success there for quite a while. We had quite a set plan of how we wanted to do things in that series and it worked for us. That was one of the great achievements of my playing time, for that group of players to go to India and win that series over there.”

Ponting concluded, “It goes to show that no matter what the conditions if you execute what you can do really well, and then you give yourself the best chance of winning. And if you handle the pressure situations and pressure moments then sometimes that can be the difference not only to winning a Test match but winning an entire series and that’s what that team did well back in 2004.”