Do- or- die as Aussies prepare for Cup showdown with India
Memo to: Ricky Ponting From: coach Tim Nielsen
World Cup thus far, scoring 102 runs from five innings at 20.40.
Tendulkar, conversely, is flying. At 37, he has amassed 326 runs in six matches at 54.33 and, remarkably, will celebrate his 100th international ton if he reaches three figures on Thursday.
At 36, Ponting appears a batsman in decline but his importance to Australia cannot be understated. When he hits a ton, the side rarely loses. On the 29 occasions Ponting has posted triple figures, Australia have lost just five times.
Mindful he will not face fellow batting genius Tendulkar again at a World Cup, Ponting has every reason to fire.
‘‘ Hopefully that big score will come for me," said Ponting, who managed just 19 against Pakistan on Saturday.
‘‘ It’s been a few games now and I certainly haven’t scored the runs I would have liked to in the World Cup so far, but the big games are coming up and hopefully I get some in the quarter-final.’’