‘Tell the boys to be ready’: Ricky Ponting before wreaking havoc in World Cup 2003 final
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Updated: March 24, 2020 12:07:08 pm


Ricky Ponting scored an unbeaten 140 in World Cup 2003 final (Express Archive)

Reminiscing about his epic 140 in the 2003 World Cup final, Australian nice Ricky Ponting says he most popular launching an all-out assault in opposition to India as a substitute of batting by way of the innings for a staff whole of 300.

Sunday was the 17th anniversary of that final which Australia received by 125 runs to develop into world champions for the third time.

Skipper Ponting led from the entrance with an unbeaten 140 to energy Australia to an imposing 359/ 2 in 50 overs.

“In the second drinks break, Australia had been two down with 15 overs to go, I advised the 12th man inform the boys to be prepared as a result of I’m going to go for every part, proper right here, proper now.

“If it comes off we are going to get a huge score. I am not going to be happy with batting through and getting to 300 against that Indian attack. If I go from now and it comes off, we are going to post a massive score,” Ponting advised in a video uploaded by cricket.com.au.

“I had faith in the guys coming behind me and we still had Lehmann, Bevan, Symonds.”

Ponting additionally spoke about how he requested Damien Martyn, carrying a finger harm, if he would be in a position to play.

“I told him ‘look me in the eye and tell me if you are right to play’ I wanted to Martyn to play in the World Cup, he is such a good player, such a good player of spin.”

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On the day, Martyn remained unbeaten on 88 and together with Ponting, took the sport away from India with their unbroken partnership.

Ponting took to Twitter to share images of the bat he used to pulverise the Indian assault.

“Given we’ve all got a bit of time on our hands as we stay at home, thought I’d go through what I’ve kept from my career and share some of it with everyone on a regular basis- this is the bat I used in the 2003 World Cup final,” Ponting’s publish learn.

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