Reminiscing about his epic 140 within the 2003 World Cup closing, Australian nice Ricky Ponting says he most well-liked launching an all-out assault in opposition to the Indian assault as an alternative of batting by way of the innings for a workforce complete of 300.
Sunday was the 17th anniversary of that closing which Australia received by 125 runs to develop into world champions for the third time.
Skipper Ponting led from the entrance with an unbeaten 140 to energy Australia to an imposing 359/ 2 in 50 overs.
“Within the second drinks break, Australia have been two down with 15 overs to go, I instructed the 12th man inform the boys to be prepared as a result of I’m going to go for the whole lot, proper right here, proper now.
“If it comes off we’re going to get an enormous rating. I’m not going to be proud of batting by way of and attending to 300 in opposition to that Indian assault. If I am going from now and it comes off, we’re going to submit a large rating,” Ponting instructed in a video uploaded by cricket.com.au.
“I had nice within the guys coming behind me and we nonetheless had Lehmann, Bevan, Symonds.”
Ponting additionally spoke about how he requested Damien Martyn, carrying a finger harm, if he would have the ability to play.
“I instructed him ‘look me within the eye and inform me if you’re proper to play’. I needed to Martyn to play within the World Cup, he’s such a superb participant, such a superb participant of spin.”
On the day, Martyn remained unbeaten on 88 and together with Ponting, took the sport away type India with their unbroken partnership.
On Sunday, 17 years since that triumph, Ponting took to Twitter to share pictures of the bat he used to pulverise the Indian assault.
“Given we have all bought a little bit of time on our fingers as we keep at residence, thought I might undergo what I’ve saved from my profession and share a few of it with everybody on a daily basis- that is the bat I used within the 2003 World Cup closing,” Ponting’s submit learn.