Players like Sachin Tendulkar should inspire everyone: Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting opined that DRS should be implemented permanently Getty Images

Melbourne: Dec 27, 2011

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Tuesday said that like any other cricketer, he took inspiration from players older than him, such as Sachin Tendulkar.

“I think they should inspire everyone,” he said.

Ponting has joined his Australian team-mates in questioning why the Decision Review System is not being used in the Test series against India, saying that the DRS should be used uniformly in every series throughout the world.

Mike Hussey (0) and Ed Cowan (68) fell to controversial decisions on the opening day of the first Test yesterday and Ponting fired a subtle shot at the Indian Cricket Board on its refusal to use the controversial technology.

“I thought that was the way it was when it first came in, that it was compulsory in every series we played, but apparently not,” Ponting said.

“It’s just this one series against India it keeps popping up we are not using this system. As players you want uniformity around the world and you want consistency in the technology … that’s all we are after,” he told ABC radio.

Ponting has been under fire for some time with calls for retirement following his prolonged slump in form, but after his aggressive 62 in Australia’s first innings against India on the opening day of the first Test yesterday, he vowed to fight on, saying he still has hunger and desire to succeed.

“I have always been a big believer that age in this game doesn’t mean much. I still have the hunger and desire and I am working as hard as I ever have,” said Ponting, who turned 37 last week.

Ponting, though, was disappointed not to convert another half-century into a hundred.

“It was disappointing not to go on yesterday to get a big score. That’s three of the last five innings I passed 50 that that is the game: it happens. My balance was a whole lot better yesterday,” he said. (PTI)