It was his staff-mate and spin wizard Shane Warne who gave Ricky Ponting the nickname “punter” for placing bets on canine races, the former Australia captain mentioned on Monday.
“We were getting paid USD 40 a month when we were living at the cricket academy in 1990. I used to go to the TAB to have a bet on the dogs and @ShaneWarne gave me the nickname,” Ponting mentioned in a tweet in reply to a fan’s query.
Ponting is one in every of the biggest batsmen and captains to have ever performed cricket.
He is the highest run-getter for Australia in each Test and ODIs, amassing 13378 runs in 168 Tests and 13704 runs in 375 ODIs between 1995 and 2012.
He additionally performed 17 T20 Internationals and made 401 runs with the highest rating being 98.