Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is regarded as the most successful skipper of all-time. Amongst all the captains which have led their respective countries in the past, Ricky Ponting has the best win-loss record under his leadership, boasting of winning ratio of 67.71 percentage.
Under his leadership, Ponting led Australia to win 220 international matches out of 324. Ponting led Australia through their golden period, as the side was considered to be in invincible between the year 2002 and 2010.
Ricky Ponting proudly boasts of leading Australia to 2003 and 2007 World Cup titles, apart from winning two consecutive ICC Champions Trophies in 2006 and 2009.
Looking back at his International cricket, Ponting has a lot to cherish about, however, the former Australia skipper too suffered some setbacks in his captaincy career. Speaking in that regard, Ponting stated that the Monkeygate scandal as the lowest point in his career.
“We all felt let down by the end result (of the the Monkeygate controversy). The fact that it got in the way of the way we played our cricket for the next Test match was probably the most disappointing thing,” Ponting was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.
Before the scandal, Australia were leading the 4-match test series 2-0, however, they lost the third test, followed by a draw in the four-Test.
“So we go over there and India at Perth is game we expect to win and then we lost the match and after that the next few days things just got worse and worse,” he added.
“Monkeygate was probably the lowest (point in career as captain). Losing the 2005 Ashes series was tough but I was in full control of that. But I wasn’t in full control of what happened during the Monkeygate thing.”
Australia eventually took that series 2-0. Interestingly, Andrew Symonds was the second-highest run-scorer in the series, amassing 410 runs in 7 innings at an average of 68.33.