Images: Ricky Ponting’s goodbye to cricket

Dec 3, 2012   (9 images)

Ricky Ponting didn't need anyone to tell him that he was in bad form. He knew it. But everything he did in the past was forgotten as an expectant crowd expected Punter to leave on a high. The ex-captain had announced that the Perth Test was his last and managed to score only four runs in the first innings. In the second, he walked out to a guard of honour, treated us with one last cracking pull shot and then edged Robin Peterson to Jacques Kallis at first slip. And before he crossed the boundary line, he looked back one last time... and when he walked back to the pavilion, he had every right to believe that he is one of cricket's greats.


The last goodbye: Ricky Ponting acknowledges the ovation from the crowd and players as he walks off the pitch for one last time. Getty Images


Ponting walks out to bat in his last Test innings. Getty Images


A guard of honour for Punter. Getty Images


Fake Santa: Even Santa Claus getting Ponting a bag of runs didn't help the ex-captain score big. Perhaps, there were only eight runs in that bag. Getty Images


Ponting got off the mark with a crunching pull shot. Typical, eh? Getty Images


After initial jitters and a lot of pitch prodding, Ponting looked more settled and relaxed. Getty Images


The final edge: Ponting, who had adjusted well against Dale Steyn, lost his wicket to Robin Peterson as he edged a ball to Jacques Kallis at first slip. Getty Images


One exulted as the other trudged off. Ponting's expressions clearly said he wasn't happy with the way he lost his wicket. Getty Images


But he walked off to a standing ovation — nothing less than what he deserves. Getty Images