Ricky Ponting is the Australian captain who led Australia to win the World Cup twice. Recently, Greg Chappell, the former Australian Captain, praised him heavily at an event. Greg Chappell expressed his appreciation at the 3rd annual “The Chappell Foundation” charity dinner on 11th February. The event took place at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground.
Ricky Ponting: Chief Guest
This is your last, best chance to share a unique evening with Ricky Ponting AO at the SCG, where he shone so often. You will also help the fight against youth homelessness. pic.twitter.com/EEhtcE2jbc
— The Chappell Foundation (@thechappellfndn) January 30, 2020
Praising Ricky Ponting
There is no doubt that Ricky Ponting is one of the most successful cricket captains and batsman in the world. Being a cricketer celebrated so widely, he was the Chief Guest at the charity dinner. Now, the true purpose of this event was to raise enough funds that would aid the victims of the Australian bushfire incident. Furthermore, the event was attended by approximately 500 cricketers and over INR 2 crores was raised.
Greg Chappell said, “He is certainly the best Australian batsman I have seen in my lifetime”. Not only that, but he also added that Australia’s greatest batsman after Sir Donald Bradman is Ricky Ponting. This is a comment that true cricket fans, regardless of which teams they support, will agree with.
Ricky Ponting’s Career
Ricky Ponting’s Test Cricket career comes to a total of 13378 runs which includes 62 half-centuries and 41 centuries. Therefore, this rounds his average to 51.85 in 168 tests. He retired from Test Cricket on 3rd December 2012. On the other hand, his ODI career between 1995 and 2012 totals to 13,704 runs with 30 centuries and 82 half-centuries. The average for his ODI career is 42.04 with the career-best of 164 runs.
Other Items Auctioned
The noteworthy items on sale at the charity dinner included:
An autographed Indian training T-shirt by Sachin Tendulkar. The T0shirt sold for an amount of INR 70,000 ($1400)
The Indian team had signed a cricket bat following their victory at the 2013 ICC Tournament. This bat sold at the auction for INR 82,500 ($1550. The signatures on this bat included those of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Rohit Sharma as well.
Virat Kohli’s autographed T-shirt was supposed to be auctioned as well. However, the item was couriered from New Zealand but never reached the event on time. Hence, the organisation has taken the decision of auctioning it at another fund-raiser.