Adelaide, Jan 24: Australian batsman Ricky Ponting has become the highest run scorer against India in Tests. Ponting achieved this feat during his unbeaten century at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
Ponting, 37, scored an unbeaten 137 to lead Australia to a commanding 335/3 on the first day of the Adelaide Test against India. During the day he also crossed 13,000 Test career runs. This was his sixth hundred in Adelaide and overall 41st in his 162nd match. The great Don Bradman has more tons at a particular venue in Australia, with nine in Melbourne.
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Ponting has now scored 2,411 runs in 29 Tests against India. This is the most by any batsman against India in the five-day format. Most of these runs have come in Australia as he averages 83.28 at home with 1,749 runs in 15 matches (seven centuries). His record in India is poor with only 662 runs in 14 matches with one hundred at an average of 26.48.
The former Australian captain went past West Indian great Clive Lloyd (2,344 in 28 Tests). Third in the list is Javed Miandad with 2,228 (28 matches).
This was also a joint record eighth ton for Ponting against India. He is on par with West Indians Vivian Richards and Garry Sobers who both have scored same number of hundreds against India. This is the most three-figure scores hit by any batsman versus India.
The right-handed Ponting averages 52.41 while playing against India. He has 11 fifties and four ducks to his credit while facing India. His career best score of 257 has also come against India. That was achieved in Melbourne in 2003 against Sourav Ganguly-led side.
In the current four-match series, Ponting has 400 runs with two centuries and two fifties after the opening day's play in Adelaide. He can add to this tally as he resumes batting on Wednesday.