Batting legend Ricky Ponting is all set to be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. The formal induction will be at the 2018 Allan Border Medal ceremony, slated to be held on Monday (February 12) in Melbourne.
Apart from Ponting, former Australia batsman Norm O'Neill and the women's team captain Karen Rolton will also be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. While the late Norm O'Neill has represented Australia in 42 Tests from 1958 to 1965, Karen Rolton has played 14 Tests, 141 ODIs and 15 T20Is for her country in between 1995 and 2009.
Having made his international debut in 1995, Ponting has played 168 Tests, 375 ODIs and 17 T20Is for Australia. The 43-year-old happens to be the most capped Australian Test and one day international cricketer ever besides being the leading run-scorer for his country in Tests and ODIs. He amassed 13378 Test runs in 168 matches at an incredible average of 51.85 with 41 centuries, while in ODIs, he aggregated 13704 runs in 375 matches at an impressive average of 42.03 with 30 centuries.
Ponting has captained Australia a record 324 times across formats during his 17-year-long international career. The Tasmania born cricketer has led his country to back-to-back ICC Cricket World Cup titles in 2003 and 2007. Moreover, Ricky captained the national team in their two consecutive ICC Champions Trophy triumphs in 2006 and 2009. No wonder, Ponting is a worthy candidate for this honour.
While speaking to cricket.com.au after his induction to Australian cricket Hall of Fame, Ponting said: “It’s a great honour. I know it’s a very select group as well at the moment. Thinking a bit more about it today, knowing that I was going to come and answer some questions, these are the sort of things you wish you don’t get inducted into because I would rather still be paying! These things tend to happen the older you get.”
“It’s great acknowledgment and thanks to Peter and the MCC for accepting me into a group that I think is still less than 50 as part of the Cricket Hall of Fame. It’s fantastic,” he added.
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