Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting Monday revealed that it was his teammate Shane Warne who had given him the famous nickname 'Punter'. "We were getting paid $40 a month when we were living at the cricket academy in 1990. I used to go to the TAB to have a bet on the dogs and Shane Warne gave me the nickname," Ponting said in a tweet reply to a fan. <p></p> <p></p>The word punt in Australian lingo means to place a bet on horse races or dog races, usually. <p></p> <p></p>Ponting, a multiple World Cup-winning captain, is passionate about greyhound racing. <p></p> <p></p>Meanwhile, Ponting on Monday backed young Rishabh Pant, saying he is immensely talented and the stumper will be making his way back to the Indian playing XI "sooner than later". <p></p> <p></p>Ponting, who is associated with the Delhi Capitals as a mentor in the Indian Premier League (IPL), also said that he is looking forward to work with Pant in the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league. <p></p> <p></p>"Rishabh Pant is a young man with a huge amount of talent. I am looking forward to working with him again during the IPL and I am sure he will be back in the Indian team sooner rather than later," Ponting said, while replying to one of the users during his interaction with fans on Twitter. <p></p> <p></p>The Indian team management had decided to hand K.L. Rahul the dual role of a 'keeper-batsman' in limited-overs by dropping Pant from the playing XI in the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand.