On that day in 2003 former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting broke almost billion Indian hearts when he played blazing knock to floor Indian bowling in ICC World Cup 2003 final.
17 years since that emphatic triumph Ponting took to Twitter to share photographs of the bat he used that day.
“Given we’ve all got a bit of time on our hands as we stay at home, thought I’d go through what I’ve kept from my career and share some of it with everyone on a regular basis – this is the bat I used in the 2003 World Cup final,” the post read.
On March 23, 2003, the young India side squared off against defending champions Australia in the final of the World Cup at Johannesburg’s Wanderers stadium. But the script went awry for from ball one. First it was Adam Gilchrist, who launched a savage attack on the Indian bowlers and then it was the turn of Australia’s ‘Captain Fantastic’.
Ricky Ponting, one of modern day cricket’s finest batsmen, produced a masterclass of timing and stroke play combined with aggression to bat India out of the match. Ponting was majestic as he took apart the Indian attack, targetting specific bowlers to keep the Australian run rate high.
Ponting stayed unbeaten on 140 off 121 balls, hitting four boundaries and eight massive sixes. He was ably supported by Damien Martyn, who stayed unbeaten on 88 off 84 balls. The duo put on 234 runs for the third wicket as Australia posted 359/2.
In response India were bowled out for 234 as Australia were crowned world champions for the third team. They would go on to defend their title in 2007 and win it again in 2015.