Emotions make players give their best: Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting, who has not scored a century since 2010, said he is trying his best to end the drought Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Dec 27, 2011

Under fire Ricky Ponting felt that emotions are part of the game and at time it makes players play their best game.

Ponting scored a fluent 62 runs to steady Australia s innings on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test. The former Australian captain was involved in a 113-run partnership with debutant Ed Cowan for the third wicket before being sent back by Umesh Yadav.

“I think you want to keep the emotions there. I think you want the play to be emotional at times. You have to manage your emotions as best as you possibly can but when the guys are playing with their hearts on their sleeves, generally they are playing their best cricket.

“So that s certainly the way I have played my cricket and the way most Australians enjoy their cricket as well.” Ponting was quoted saying in bcci.tv.

Ponting has not scored a century since 2010, but the 37-year-old said he is trying his best to end the drought.

“You just want to do the best that you can do for the team; as individual players that s the reason you try as hard as you do to try get hundreds every time you get to bat. It doesn t always happen but you try to give yourself the best chance to make sure that happens.

“My preparation has been very good and to spend a fair bit of time yesterday [at the crease] and to make 60-odd [runs] was nice. […] 277 on the first day of play is going to tell a real big story in the game now,” Ponting said.

Ponting, who missed out on yet another opportunity to score a ton said the Australians enjoy playing India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

“This is one of the Test matches that we look forward to in the calendar year after year. 70,000 fans here yesterday supporting the Australian and Indian cricket teams, I thought was a really good turnout. It s been noisy at different times; it was loud when I reached my fifty [ ] It makes it a bit more enjoyable when you ve got a crowd.”