Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has made it a habit of making insanely accurate predictions about wickets while doing his commentary duties.
Over the last few years, Ricky Ponting has made damn accurate predictions of not only that a batsman would get out, but also how he would get out. Ponting also explains the reasons for his predictions, pointing out the match situation or any technical shortcomings of a batsman, or the field settings.
On Day 1 of the 2nd Australia vs West Indies Test match at the Gabba, Ricky Ponting hinted that a wicket is around the corner in the last over of the day. The 8th wicket pair of Alzarri Joseph and Kevin Sinclair had been batting well, in fact, Joseph was on the attack having scored 32 runs in 21 balls with the help of 7 fours. They had added 41 runs in 31 balls.
However, Ricky Ponting hinted that something could happen before Hazlewood ran in to the bowl the 4th ball of the last over of the day, and by something he meant a wicket could be just around the corner.
“I don’t like saying it, for the West Indies’ sake, but normally this game has a way of making things like that come unstuck,” said Ricky Ponting.
Alas, on the very immediate delivery, Hazlewood dismissed Joseph, edged to Steve Smith at second slip.
Watch: Ricky Ponting once again makes an accurate prediction of a wicket
“I don’t like saying it, for the West Indies’ sake, but normally this game has a way of making things like that come unstuck”, says Ricky Ponting…
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West Indies batters showed some fight today. After being 64/5 in the first session, Kavem Hodge, who scored 71 runs in 194 balls, and Joshua Da Silva, who scored 79 runs in 157 balls, batted a wicketless second session. Later, Kevin Sinclair and Alzarri Joseph kept Australia at bay before Joseph was dismissed in the last over of the day. Going into stumps on Day 1 at the Gabba, West Indies would be satisfied with their score of 266/8.