My Wisden vote would have gone to Sachin: Ponting

Published: Monday, July 29, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: Australian One-day captain Ricky Ponting said his Wisden vote for India's Wisden "Cricketer-of-the-Century" would have gone to Sachin Tendulkar. And the obvious reason, he had seen more of Sachin's cricket than Kapil Dev or Sunil Gavaskar. "It would have indeed been a real tough choice. Sunny with his 34 centuries and Kapil with his 434 Test wickets were obviously up there. But, I have seen more of Sachin's game than Gavaskar or Kapil and so I think my vote would go to the current little master. Sachin also has more than 50 international centuries," Ponting told reporters on the sidelines of two-day coaching stint for 20 select boys from all over India at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) stadium on Monday. "Undoubtedly Sachin is among the best batsmen in the world today. But, I would also put Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist in the same league. They have played some great knocks last year and when we talk about the world's best, obviously you have to put those two names in that category," he said.

On Australia's prospects in the World Cup, he said, they (the Australians) aren't worrying too much about it right now. "We would like to win the tournaments that come before the World Cup and then start thinking about the big event," Ponting, who with Javagal Srinath and Arun Lal inaugurated the Parle's coaching camp, said. The 20 boys were chosen by Parle based on their performance in the Champions Cup inter-city tournament.
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