Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has become famous for his predictions as a commentator. Using all his experience of playing and watching the game and being aware of modern tactics, Ponting has made some stunning predictions about dismissals in the game he has commented on over the past few years.
Ponting’s knack for making a correct prediction was on show on Monday as well during the BBL 2023/24 game between the Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), when he accurately forecasted how the Melbourne Stars’ Nathan Coulter-Nile would be able to get Hobart Hurricanes’ Nikhil Chaudhary out.
While Coulter-Nile started his run-up, Ricky Ponting, on air for 7 Cricket, said, “He’ll drag the length back now, Coulter-Nile, drag the length back, take the pace off. It’s what he does so well here at the MCG.”
Coulter-Nile did exactly what Ricky Ponting said in the commentary box: a slower short ball outside the off-stump that Chaudhary tried to hit back over the bowler but top-edged it, and Glenn Maxwell took a simple catch at mid-off.
Watch: Ricky Ponting correctly predicts how Nathan Coulter-Nile will dismiss Nikhil Chaudhary
This was just another example of the genius that is Ricky Ponting, who ruled over the world in the late and early 2000s, creating arguably the greatest cricket team of all time.
Talking about the match, the Hobart Hurricanes won a last-over thriller by 7 runs. Courtesy of half-centuries from Matthew Wade (63) and Ben McDermott (50), Hobart posted 187 runs on the board. Daniel Lawrence took four wickets for the Stars.
In reply, Melbourne lost both openers in the first four overs, and skipper Maxwell, who smashed 32 runs in 18 balls, was gone by the ninth over. Beau Webster scored 55 runs, but it took him 43 balls for that, and Marcus Stoinis cracked 48 runs in 32 balls, but he got out in the 18th over.
Hobart skipper Nathan Ellis was adjudged the Player of the Match for his 2/29, which included a good penultimate over in which he conceded only 8 runs.