Calcutta/Perth: Australian Parliament temporarily halted proceedings while current and former cricketers paid rich tributes to Ricky Ponting, who would be retiring after the third Test against South Africa, beginning on Friday.
While former teammates Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee hoped that Ponting would score a century in his last Test, former England captain Michael Vaughan rated him as one of the best batsman.
Here’s what they had to say (alphabetically)
Stuart Broad (on Twitter): Huge respect for how Ponting played the game. Tough competitor Aussies will miss him. 100 at Perth to finish?
Ian Chappell: The thing I liked about him was that he was always trying to win the game. He was always prepared to take the attack to the bowlers. He was a very aggressive player, looking to dominate. Not only a skillful … batsman, but a very brave one.
Sunil Gavaskar: Ponting’s legacy won’t be affected by the lean patch that he was going through recently. Players are always remembered for what they have achieved and not for what they haven’t achieved. There are very few players who can match Ponting’s record… I mean he had an outstanding career… He has scored a lot of runs, won a lot of trophies as a captain… The blots in his career would be the 2005 and 2009 Ashes losses when he captaining the Australian side.
Adam Gilchrist: I am really thrilled for him that he has been able to make a decision regardless of what people think, whether it is too late or premature, his is the only mind that needed to be satisfied… In recent times there seemed to be bit of a public perception that Ricky was a bit disgruntled, sour, but I hope he will be remembered for the entertainment and commitment he provided to the team. He is right up there with the best Australian batsman since Bradman but but I don't usually like to compare generations.
I have cried in front of him a lot. I love the bloke and he deserves every credit that comes his way..
Matthew Hayden (on Twitter): Punter, congratulations on a fantastic career. Your departure will be a massive hole in the Australian Cricket team #RickyPonting #Legend.
Virat Kohli (on Twitter): Ricky Ponting what an absolute legend. I am glad I had the honour of playing against him. Take a bow #legend #respect.
Brett Lee (on Twitter): Congrats Punter on a fantastic career, enjoyed playing along side you! Go out with a bang mate!
Glenn McGrath: Well done Punter on an incredible career. It would be great to see you finish with a ton. It was an honour to play alongside of you. Australia will miss you.
Suresh Raina (on Twitter): Congratulations Ricky Ponting for an incredible career. The most successful skipper brilliant batsman. Wish legends could stay forever…
Graeme Swann (on Twitter): You have to take your hat off to Ricky Ponting calling time on a magnificent career. Hell of a player.
Michael Vaughan (on Twitter): The best batsman I had the privilege to play against... Ricky Ponting... #Punter Australia cricket will not be the same without him...
Shane Warne (on Twitter): Congrats to Ricky Ponting on an amazing career, well done Punter... Enjoy your last match in Perth buddy, was a pleasure playing with you!!!