Melbourne: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who scored 62 in the first innings against India in the Boxing Day Test, said on Tuesday that older players like Sachin Tendulkar inspired him.
Ponting, who turned 37 last week, said that like any other cricketer he took inspiration from players even older than him, such as the 38-year-old Sachin Tendulkar, who scored 73 here on Tuesday.
"I think they (Tendulkar and Dravid) should inspire everyone," said Ponting.
Ponting came into the match on the back of poor form but proved his critics wrong with a valuable half-century. Australia's most successful Test batsman believes age should not be a criteria for drawing the curtains on one's career.
"I have always been a big believer that age in this game doesn't mean much. I still have the hunger and desire and I am working as hard as I ever have," he said.
Ponting said he was "disappointed" not to convert another half-century into a hundred.
"It was disappointing not to go on yesterday (Monday) to get a big score. That's three of the last five innings I passed 50 that is the game: it happens," Ponting said on ABC radio.
"My balance was a whole lot better yesterday. The roar I received when I went in yesterday was amazing. It is nice to know there is great public support out there," he said.