Ponting cannot match Sachin's records: Chappell

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Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 18:05 [IST]
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Chappell hails Ponting's comeback

Melbourne, Jan 31: Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has expressed his views about Ricky Ponting as he has said the former Aussie skipper might not be able to reach the statistical peak of Tendulkar but, has impressed everyone with the strength of his mind.

"While the world has watched and waited anxiously for Tendulkar's 100th international century, Ponting has quietly beavered away in the background restoring his reputation with persistent practice and hard-earned runs in the middle," Ian Chappell wrote in his column for Daily Telegraph.

"The fact that those runs were increasingly more convincing in Adelaide, and he was able to push on to score a double century, have turned the conversation from "when will he retire" to, "how long will he play on?"

Ponting's tally of 544 runs in the recently concluded four match Test series between India and Australia, which Australia won 4-0 also witnessed the veteran's comeback in style as he ended the two year drought by scoring a century in the second Test at Sydney after 34 innings.

Being the senior player in the squad, he was on the verge to face the axe as he looked totally out of touch throughout the year, though his survival knock against South Africa ensured him a berth in the squad for the four match Test series against India.

With this recent performance, he has silenced the critics in style and as Ian Chappell has said, though he might not reach the statistical peak of Tendulkar, he has definitely impressed everyone, with his mental strength also urging many batsmen of his era to draw inspiration from his recent knocks.


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