Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was officially included into the ICC Hall of Fame on 26th December 2018. The ceremony took place during the tea break on the opening day of the Boxing test between India and Australia in Melbourne.
Ponting couldn’t attend the ICC Annual Conference in Dublin this July, so to mark the occasion he was presented the ICC Hall of Fame award at the MCC by his compatriot and close friend Glen McGrath.
Ricky Ponting along with Indian batting maestro Rahul Dravid and English woman wicketkeeper cum batter Claire Taylor were inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in 2018. After receiving the Baggy Green, here is what Ricky Ponting said “It’s an incredible feeling, I think for it to happen here at the MCG is what makes the whole thing a little bit more special. I found out today I am one of 25 Australians to be inducted. When you play one Test for Australia, you join a very elite group of players but now to part of the ICC Hall of Fame, you join an even more elite group of cricketers, so it’s a pretty special day today.
“I have lots of great memories with Glenn. I went to the cricket academy with Glenn in about 1990, so I have known Glenn for a long time. It’s a really cool thing that they do to have a fellow inductee actually hand over your cap and induct you in, so to have someone like Glenn do it, with whom I’m working with now and have played with for 10 or 12 years, makes the whole thing a little bit better.
“It’s great recognition. I thank the ICC for what they have done in making this possible. To be here in the MCG with 75,000 people, it makes it an awesome day.”
Ricky Ponting is the 25th Australian to be officially included in the ICC Hall of Fame. The major achievements of Ricky Ponting include being the part of 3 times World Cup winner team, out of which 2 were won under his captaincy. He has scored 13, 378 runs in 168 tests with 41 test centuries.
He has also scored 13, 704 runs in 375 ODI’s with 30 centuries. He didn’t play too much T20 cricket, he played only 17 T20 matches and scored 401 runs with 2 fifties.
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