A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Giving up the captaincy was the most painful decision I had to make, admits Ricky Ponting

Ponting still feels the pain of having to give up the captaincy

Veteran Australia batsman Ricky Ponting has admitted that giving up the captaincy was the most painful decision he had to make in his entire international career.

Ponting handed over the captaincy to Michael Clarke at the end of the 2011 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, which was held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

News.com.au quoted Ponting as saying: “I thought long and hard about the decision I made about stepping down from the captaincy. I just felt it was the right time in terms of what we had coming up, as far as this series is concerned, as far as the India series next year and then the Ashes soon after.”

Ponting noted that he had decided to step down as captain since he wanted to ensure that his successor would have plenty of time to lead the national team.

“I wanted to make sure that the next guy coming in had the appropriate amount of time to be well ready and have plenty of experience under his belt for those big series so it was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make as a cricketer, to step down from the captaincy because it’s something that I loved and something that I cherished every moment of,” Ponting added.

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