Former cricketer Ricky Ponting on Wednesday became the 25th Australian cricketer to be officially inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame.
To mark the occasion, the 44-year-old former Aussie captain received his commemorative cap from compatriot ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Glenn McGrath during the tea break on the opening day of the third Test against India in Melbourne.
Expressing his happiness on the special day, Ponting said:
“It’s an incredible feeling, I think for it to happen here at the MCG
is what makes the whole thing a little bit more special. I found
out today I am one of 25 Australians to be inducted. When you
play one Test for Australia, you join a very elite group of players
but now to part of the ICC Hall of Fame, you join an even more
elite group of cricketers, so it’s a pretty special day today.”
Ponting, a three-time ICC Cricket World Cup winner, including two times as captain, thanked ICC for the “awesome day” after what they have done in making the induction possible.
The iconic batsman, who made his international debut against South Africa in New Zealand in 1995, retired from international cricket in 2012 after scoring 13,378 runs in 168 Tests, 13,704 runs in 375 ODIs and 401 runs in 17 T20Is. In his career, Ponting registered 41 Test centuries, 30 centuries for ODIs and two half-centuries for T20Is.