Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar were two of the greatest batsmen of their time, but it was always Sachin who was touted as the demigod of cricket. But Ponting is sure to be tracing God’s Day and began his journey by predicting Shaw’s precise way of firing a ball before stepping out.
There is no better feeling in the world than when you can sense something is brewing and verbalize it before anyone else can, and it comes out word for word, especially during the live broadcast. We saw the pundits being tricked into eating their words in public after their prediction was terribly wrong, including Michael Vaughan who predicted whitewash across formats, but Ricky Ponting is no genius in vain. The Delhi Capitals coach, who knows his apprentice Prithvi Shaw far too well, made a tough prediction on how the Australians could get him out of the day after the first delivery.
Ponting made it clear on the show that Shaw doesn’t like to put his forefoot on the line of the ball, and when the ball swings in, there is a gap between the club and the pad that can be exploited. And as if the Australians, Mitchell Starc in particular, had an earphone of the comment feed, the next few seconds were a manifestation of Ponting’s words as Starc pursued the strategy with full conviction and heart and was not one bit wrong.
The left gave the Indian opener a perfect in-swinger on the second delivery of the morning. As expected, Shaw did not cover the line of the ball, and the ball, angled from him, came back sharply to travel through the daylight difference between Shaw’s bat and pad to kiss the stumps and instantly agree with Ricky Ponting . Shaw had to take a long walk back to the pavilion when he bagged a duck, his first in Test cricket after seven innings in Indian suits.
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