Sachin Tendulkar is regarded as one of the finest batters of all time. Sachin Tendulkar, who hit 100 centuries across all formats of the game, was a part of the World Cup-winning team of India in 2011.
Talking about Ricky Ponting, he was one of the most successful captains in the history of white-ball cricket. He won 3 World Cup trophies for his nation in the year 1999, 2003, and 2007. Ricky Ponting is regarded as an all-time great batter and he has scored more than 13,000 runs in both red-ball & white-ball formats.
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The two giants of cricket Ricky Ponting & Sachin Tendulkar not only took the game to the next level but changed the face of Test cricket with their brisk strokeplays as we witnessed an exhilarating rivalry between the two nations.
Sachin Tendulkar was the leader of the pack by a fair margin– Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting was having an interaction on Star Sports and the expert analyst Harsha Bhogle asked a question to Ricky Ponting about who made Test cricket famous in their arena. Ricky Ponting gave the credit to the star batter Sachin Tendulkar and all-rounder Jacque Kallis.
“The public probably do, as players you aren’t thinking about it much. When I was coming through, everyone was chasing Sachin. Sachin was the leader of the pack by a fair margin because of his overall Test match batting technique. It sort of made him stand out more than most. And that wasn’t just in India, it was in every country he played in,” said Ricky Ponting.
” Jacque Kallis is probably the other one you can put into the group. You have a look at his batting numbers, I think he’s made 45 Test hundreds and has scalped 300 wickets. (To have) Either one of those is a good career, let alone being able to do both, “ he added.
Countries need one shining light to make the game cool again- Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting was quite optimistic that Test cricket would enhance even in the changing landscape of cricket.
“And I think countries that are struggling at times need that one shining light. They just need that one hero to make the game cool again. To make the kids want to go and play the game again,” said Ricky Ponting.
“When Lara finished up playing for West Indies is when the interest in the game over there seemed to drop off a little bit because their star player wasn’t there,” he stated.
“We’re lucky that all the players that you mentioned in the current group or the group that I played in led from the front. They led the way for the younger generation of players to come through,” he added.