India vs Australia: Decoding the Ponting threat

Updated: 24 December 2011 13:00 IST

Once a mighty leader, now struggling to have his stake in the team, Ricky Ponting's story was almost the biggest downfall an Australian captain has seen in the past few decades.

India vs Australia: Decoding the Ponting threat
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New Delhi:

Once a mighty leader, now struggling to have his stake in the team, Ricky Ponting's story was almost the biggest downfall an Australian captain has seen in the past few decades. His vast array of strokes and experience although, were enough to keep the right-hander afloat for possibly the most crucial series in his career.

While his recent form has not been great with an average of 26 runs in the last 6 Test matches, Ponting's record against India down under has been more than impressive.

The right hander has scored over 1300 runs in 11 Test matches with an average of close to 80. The highlight of his career has been the 257-run innings that handed India a 9-wicket defeat. That innings however, has now perished in the folklore of Australian cricket which has faced a timeline parallel to that of Punter.

From Team India's perspective though, Punter however, remains to be the biggest threat to India's chances at the highly anticipated series, possibly a reason why his menace Ishant Sharma has been laid faith upon despite injury.

Ponting's Test career statistics

M I NO Runs HS Ave. 100 50 0 SR
Overall 158 270 28 12656 257 52.29 39 58 16 58.99
vs.India 25 45 3 2011 257 47.88 6 9 4 57.35
vs.India in Australia 11 20 3 1349 257 79.35 5 4 1 60.82
Till Dec.2006 109 182 25 9323 257 59.38 33 36 8 58.93
Since Jan.2007 49 88 3 3333 209 39.21 6 22 8 59.13
Home 24 42 3 1564 209 40.10 3 11 4 61.30
Away 23 42 - 1671 158 39.78 3 10 3 57.56
Neutral 2 4 - 98 66 24.50 - 1 1 53.84
2007 4 6 1 192 56 38.40 - 2 - 55.65
2008 14 25 - 1182 158 47.28 4 5 1 59.93
2009 13 23 1 853 150 38.77 1 7 2 67.48
2010 12 23 1 813 209 36.95 1 6 3 56.93
2011 6 11 - 293 78 26.63 - 2 2 46.73
Topics : Cricket India Ricky Ponting Australia India in Australia, 2011-12
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