Ponting reveals lowest point of his career as Australia captain
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been one of the most successful captains in the history of cricket, but he suffered some setbacks too in his long famous career.
Winning three World Cups is never a walk in the park but former Australia captain Ricky Ponting made the dream turn into a reality. He has inspired millions of people through his leadership and has achieved many things both as a batsman and as a captain.
However, just like many, Ponting suffered some tough phase in his career as well and he revealed during an interview that the infamous monkey gate scandal that threatened India‘s tour of Australia in 2008 was the lowest point of his career as Australia captain. Ponting feels the issue dragged on for long and the team felt let down by the outcome of it.
The incident happened during the second Test of the tour in Sydney when Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh frustrated the hosts with their partnership as they continued taking their team closer to the total. During their partnership, a fairly innocuous moment between Harbhajan and pacer Brett Lee flared up and things started to fire up.
Later, the incident was taken to another level after Harbhajan was alleged to have called Symonds ‘monkey’ leading to a complaint to the on-field umpires.
“Monkeygate was probably the lowest (point in career as captain). Losing the 2005 Ashes series was tough but I was in full control of that. But I wasn’t in full control of what happened during the Monkeygate thing.”
“It was a low point and also because it dragged on for so long. I remember coming off the ground during the Adelaide Test match and speaking to Cricket Australia officials about the case because the hearing was at the end of the Adelaide Test match,” Ponting told SkySports podcast.
The hosts won that Test match against India, but the visitors went onto win the Perth Test t while the fourth ended in a draw. Australia won the series 2-1 in the end but the monkey gate incident left a huge mark on that tour.