Second only to Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting walks out of the ODI stage with 13,704 runs in 375 matches at an average of 42.03. His tally of 30 hundreds is also second only to Tendulkar. But above all this is the fact that Australia won 25 times off the 30 times that Ponting slammed a ton. Here is a look at Punter's Top 10 innings in ODIs.
164 off 105 balls vs South Africa, March 2006: The historic match when, led by skipper Ponting, Australia massacared the Protean bowlers to post 434/4 in Johannesburg. He smashed 9 sixes and 13 fours to notch up a strike-rate of over 156. The fact that Australia still ended up on the losing side was only down to some exceptional batting by Herschelle Gibbs.
145 off 158 balls vs Zimbabwe, April 1998: Ponting hit 18 fours and a six to guide his team to 294/3 at Delhi. Zimbabwe fought hard but eventually fell short of the imposing target by 16 runs.
141* off 127 balls vs New Zealand, March 2005: 10 fours and five sixes in the course of his knock ensured Australia posted a huge total of 347/5 at Napier. New Zealand lost by 122 runs and Ponting walked away with the man of the match as Australia completed a 5-0 whitewash of the Kiwis.
140* off 121 balls vs India, March 2003: India dreamed of winning their second world cup, 20 years after their maiden title in 1983. However, one man shattered the hopes of India even before the men in blue could come into bat as Ponting struck a glorious ton laced with eight massive sixes and four fours at Johannesburg. Australia's 359/2 never looked achievable but India couldn't even put on a fight. A win by 125 runs ensured Australia its second successive World Cup triumph.
134 off 133 balls vs New Zealand, December 2007: Ponting's century studded with 10 fours and two sixes took his team to 282/6. New Zealand folded for 168 to hand the Aussies a 114-run win at Hobart.
129 off 126 balls vs South Africa, March 2002: Walking in in the 11th over, Ponting stuck around till the 48th over to lift his side to a formidable 290 at Bloemfontein. South Africa managed only 253 and lost by 37 runs to give Oz a 3-0 lead in the 7-match series.
126 off 109 balls vs England, September 2009: Set a stiff target of 300, Australia were expected to wobble in their chase but Ponting's knock ensured his side always looked in control at Nottingham. A 4-wicket victory handed the Aussies a 5-0 lead in the 7-match series.
124* off 129 balls vs Pakistan, November 1998: Despite four centuries being slammed in this match, it was Ponting who walked away with the man of the match award for his unbeaten innings that saw Australia safely home. Chasing 316, Punter combined with Adam Gilchrist, who also hit a ton, to get Australia home with 7 balls to spare at Lahore.
124 off 127 balls vs Sri Lanka, February 2006: Australia were reduced to 10/3 after electing to bat and still set Sri Lanka a target of 369 runs at Sydney. This was courtesy centuries from Ponting and Andrew Symonds, who was even more lethal that the captain. Aussies won by a massive 167 runs.
124 off 133 balls vs India, February 2008: Seven fours and a six - 34 runs - was all that Ponting got off boundaries but he still kept Australia's run-rate at a fantastic level. His innings at Sydney lifted the hosts to 317/7. In reply Gautam Gambhir smashed a hundred of his own but could not take India to win and Australia won by 18 runs.
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