Warnie gave me the name `Punter’, says Ponting

November 14th, 2007 - 2:46 am ICT by admin  
In his book, Ponting reveals that despite their age difference - Ponting was 17 and Warne almost 23 - “he headed in my direction and we shared some time together”.

Writes Ponting in his Captain’s Dairy for 2007: “He was the bloke responsible for my nickname ‘Punter’, assigned to me because of my habit of sneaking down to the TAB on Monday and Thursday nights to have a bet on the greyhounds.

“I can’t remember if he ever came with me, but I think he was impressed with my nerve, and the fact that I liked a bet. He tried to corrupt me a little, to get me into nightclubs even though I was under age, but I had one problem: I didn’t own a pair of jeans and a good shirt.

“Finally, he dolled me up in decent gear and we did venture out, but I was like a rabbit in the headlights; I was more comfortable at the TAB,” stuff.nz.com quoted Ponting, as saying. (ANI)

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