Bangalore, Nov 29: One of the most successful captain of all time, Australia's Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday during a press conference at Perth ahead of the team's final Test against South Africa, starting on Friday.
The cricketer's contribution to the game of cricket is immeasurable. During his career spanning 17 years, the Tasmanian cricketer has witnessed many highs and lows, won laurels and has made the cricketing journey from 1995-2012 memorable.
Here is a look at stats and records held by Ricky Ponting during his 17-year-old-career.
# Ricky Ponting's first appearance for Tasmania was in Nov 1992, when he was 17 years and 337 days old, to become the youngest Tasmanian to play in a Sheffield Shield match
# Ponting made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Perth in December 1995, after waiting for three years, and ODI debut against South Africa before making his Test debut
# The only Australian cricketer to have scored 13,000 runs in Test cricket so far, to become the second highest run-scorer in Tests
# Ponting was the 42nd Australian Test captain in 2004
# Ponting's 207 against Pakistan in Jan 2005 making him only the third Australian to score four double centuries.
# Ponting has 6 double tons, 41 centuries, 62 half centuries to his credit during his Test career spanning 17 years
# Punter also became the first Aussie captain since Allan Border to lose an Ashes series in September 2005
# He also holds the record for being the only cricketer in the history of the game to be involved in 100 Test victories, and also the most successful captain of all time, as he had led Australia to 48 Test wins off 77 Tests from 2004 - Dec 2010
# Ponting scored twin centuries in his 100th Test, the first time a cricketer scored two centuries in his 100th Test
# Ponting is only the third Australian player to score 10,000 Test runs
# He surpassed Steve Waugh's record of 41 Test wins in 2009-10, and also overtook Shane Warne's 92 victories as an individual
# The Tasmanian cricketer has also led Australia to 34 consecutive undefeated World Cup games, and stepped down as captain when that winning-streak ended during the 2011 World Cup
# Ponting was unlucky since he was given out while he was on 96 during his Test debut
* Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World (2004)
* Allan Border Medal (2004)
* Allan Border Medal (2006-2007)
* Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (2006-2007)
* Compton - Miller medal (Ashes - man of the series in 2006-2007)
* Allan Border medal (2009)