Ponting confident of ending his Indian jinxSeptember 30th, 2008 - 5:49 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 30 (IANS) Ricky Ponting’s record against India is not commensurate with the kind of player he is and the Australian captain is determined to end his jinx in the upcoming Test series.Ponting has been a prolific scorer against every opposition except India but this time he is hungry for success in the subcontinent.
“There is a bit of a void in my international career here in India, there’s no doubt about that, even on the last tour when we managed to win the Test series I missed the first three Tests with a broken thumb and came back for the last one and we managed to lose that Test match, so there’s hopefully a lot of runs ahead for me here,” Ponting was quoted as saying in Daily Telegraph.
Ponting averages little more than 12 runs per innings in matches played here, and will be needing to improve dramatically as he attempts to shepherd his young touring party to victory over a vastly experienced Indian team.
“I will work really hard for the next week and a bit to make sure I am as good as I can be come first Test time and hopefully I can turn things around there, it’s all in my hands, I know what I have to do to have success here.”
Indian expectations ahead of the series are extremely high given the respective experience levels of the two sides, but Ponting maintained his side’s best was good enough to account for any opponent in any conditions.
“I think even over the last 12 months when we have been missing some of our more experienced players I think we’ve still managed to show our best cricket is good enough to beat everybody,” he said.
“We are confident that with the younger faces around the group that they’re going to be good enough and their skills good enough to stand up in Test cricket here in India.”