Australian Parliament temporarily halted proceedings while current and former cricketers from across the world paid rich tributes to batting legend Ricky Ponting, who would be retiring after the third Test against South Africa beginning here on Friday.
“Congrats to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career, well done Punter...Enjoy your last match in Perth buddy, was a pleasure playing with you !!!” wrote Ponting’s former teammate Shane Warne on his twitter page. “Well done Punter on an incredible career. It would be great to see you finish with a ton. It was an honour to play alongside of you,” added Glenn McGrath. Pacer Brett Lee, who played under Ponting, hoped that the 37-year-old goes out after scoring a hundred. “Congrats Punter… Go out with a bang mate!” he tweeted.
“Your departure will be a massive hole in the Australian Cricket team #RickyPonting #Legend,” said Matthew Hayden.
Rivals heap praise
“The best batsman I had the privilege to play against ...Ricky Ponting... #Punter Australia cricket will not be the same without him...” added former England captain Michael Vaughan. “You have to take your hat off to Ricky Ponting calling time on a magnificent career. Hell of a player,” felt England spinner Graeme Swann.
Nicknamed ‘Punter’ by Shane Warne for his penchant for a bet (punt) on the greyhounds, Ponting has scored 41 Test centuries, third in the all-time list behind Tendulkar (51) and South African Jacques Kallis (44). The South African Cricketers’ Association also lauded Ponting. “… You will be missed but never forgotten,” SACA said on its twitter page. “He (Ponting) is an exceptional player and one of the most destructive batsmen I had ever seen... “ were the big compliments from V.V.S. Laxman, who himself quit international cricket recently.Agencies