Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting opens up about ending his captaincy stint post ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. The former Aussies’ captain said that he felt that it was the right time to pass on the job to someone else. Ponting scored a century against India in the quarter-final game, but his side lost the match.
“Did it hurt? Yes. Giving it up to hurt. I think I realized it was the right time for Australian cricket. I wanted to give the next captain appropriate time to go into the next couple of big tournaments,” Ponting told a local news network.
Michael Clarke became Ponting’s descendent soon after the world cup and he later went on to win the title for his side in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Ponting himself was one of the most successful Australian captains as he won his side two consecutive titles in 2003 and 2007.
“I wanted to ensure Michael (Clarke) had enough time to be the best captain he can be in the next big event. It was touch and go that I would make it to the next Ashes. I thought it was the right time to give it up and give Michael every opportunity,” Ponting said.