He did in the IPL
"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
During the Ashes, Michael Holding told an anecdote about how Ponting had hit a big one against the West Indies and he'd gone into their dressing room afterwards to tell them they had Ponting all wrong- the place to bowl to him was outside off stump at all times. Forcing him to play isn't a concern- Ponting will generally play of his own accord- and he gets out caught behind the wicket on the off-side much more often than he gets out lbw. Ever since, he'd had a somewhat mediocre run of scores against the West Indies. England seemed to be listening, as Stuart Broad successfully executed the plan in the second innings of the next match at Lord's.
For use in a "Ponting vs. Tendulkar vs. Lara" debate, it's a useless statistic. Contrary to what those more interested in the technical side of batting than myself will say, getting out repeatedly in the same way is no worse than getting out in a thrilling variety of different ways. But it's still very interesting to know.
Just winding Pratters up.
Lulz no harm no foul.
"Maybe that's a reason why he was so successful- bowlers repeatedly bowling to his strengths, mistaking them for weaknesses." can be applied to a huge number of batsmen. In the case of this particular weakness-which-is-actually-a-strength, it applies massively to Ponting and did likewise to Inzamam-ul-Haq all career.
There've been all sorts of batsmen who the short delivery has been the applicable delivery. Stephen Waugh being possibly the best example. It took England 8 years to work it out (and even when they did it didn't always do the trick), but Michael Atherton tells a similar story of how in the 1997 Ashes he finally told the bowlers in no uncertain terms that they had to attack him full and straight early on, not bowl short.
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In 2005 it was because the entire batting was exposed to quality swing bowler.
In 2009 it was due to inconsistent performances & poor selections by the selectors.
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