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Ricky Ponting Captaincy Records In Tests, ODI, T20I

Ricky Ponting will be remembered as one of the greatest skippers in world cricket. The former skipper took Australian cricket to great heights. The former right-hander was a combination of aggression and a clever cricketing mind. Ponting batted with aggression which was reflected in his captaincy. The former middle-order batsman played under the captaincy of Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh which helped him gain valuable inputs and implement them as a leader.

Ponting played a big role in shaping Australian cricket as a batsman as well as a captain. In 168 tests he scored 13378 runs registering 41 centuries and 62 half centuries. In 365 ODIs, he scored 13704 runs registering 30 centuries and 82 half centuries as a batsman. In 2002, he took over the captaincy from Steve Waugh. Ponting was known for his tough decision-making and was praised for his strong temperament during critical moments of the game when it came to field placements and bowling changes. Australia registered some memorable wins under Ponting’s captaincy.

Ricky Ponting Test Captaincy Record

“Punter” as he was fondly called took over test captaincy in 2004 and led the test team till 2010. Ponting led the team in 77 tests winning 48, losing 16 while 13 ended in draws. When it comes to captains leading the side in more than 70 tests, Ponting has the lowest number of losses. He had the 4th highest appearance in tests as a skipper but he wasn’t on the list of skippers with the highest number of test losses.

Australia was undefeated under Ponting’s captaincy from September 2005 to January 2008 in 22 tests. His Ashes record wasn’t that impressive as he won 8 tests in 19 Ashes tests and lost 6. He won just 1 Ashes Series as skipper and lost 3. The same goes for the Border Gavaskar Trophy as the former skipper just won 2 matches in 11 tests played against India. The former skipper’s win percentage as skipper is 62%.

Number Of Matches Played77
Matches Won48
Matches Lost16
Winning Percentage62%

Ricky Ponting ODI Captaincy Record

Ponting’s record as captain in ODIs is even more impressive as the former skipper won 165 games in the 230 matches he led while losing 51 which is also the lowest for any skipper who had captained his team in more than 150 matches. Under his captaincy, Australia won 34 consecutive ODIs. His winning percentage in ODIs as a skipper is 77%. Ponting has also performed well as a skipper in ICC events. Australia won two limited-overs world cups (2003 & 2007) under his captaincy enabling Australia to win a hattrick of World Cup titles. Australia also won the 2006 & 2009 ICC Champions Trophies under his captaincy.

Number of Matches Played230
Matches Won165
Matches Lost51
Winning Percentage77%

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Ricky Ponting T20I Captaincy Record

T20 cricket gained attraction after 2007 and Ponting retired in 2012 so he didn’t get enough matches to lead the team. Although, he was the skipper during the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa when Australia lost to India in the semi-finals. After that World Cup, he led Australia in two T20Is against India in India. The former middle-order batsman captained Australia in 17 T20Is winning 7 and losing 10 with a win percentage of 41.18%.

Number of Matches Played17
Matches won7
Matches Lost10
Winning Percentage41.18%

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Devang Joshi

Devang Joshi is a Chartered Accountant but loves to write about Cricket in his free time.

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