Australia’s two-time World Cup-winning former skipper Ricky Ponting considers the 2008 ‘Monkeygate’ scandal the bottom level of his captaincy stint as he feels he was not accountable for what was occurred at the moment. The scandal unfolded when senior Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was charged with racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds throughout the second Check at Sydney. “Monkeygate was in all probability the bottom (level in profession as captain). Dropping the 2005 Ashes collection was powerful however I used to be in full management of that. However I wasn’t in full management of what occurred throughout the Monkeygate factor,” Ponting, who led Australia to 48 wins from 77 Exams and 164 triumphs in 228 ODIs, instructed a ‘Skysports’ podcast.
Harbhajan was ultimately cleared of the cost and Symonds’ profession went right into a downward spiral after the incident.
“It was a low level and likewise as a result of it dragged on for thus lengthy. I bear in mind coming off the bottom throughout the Adelaide Check match and talking to Cricket Australia officers in regards to the case as a result of the listening to was on the finish of the Adelaide Check match,” Ponting added.
The incident created quite a lot of bitterness between the 2 groups with India threatening to tug out of the tour earlier than the ICC intervened.
“All of us felt let down by the top consequence (of the the Monkeygate controversy). The truth that it acquired in the way in which of the way in which we performed our cricket for the subsequent Check match was in all probability probably the most disappointing factor,” mentioned the Australia batting nice.
“So we go over there and India at Perth is a recreation we anticipate to win after which we misplaced the match and after that the subsequent few days issues simply acquired worse and worse,” he went on so as to add.
Beneath Ponting’s captaincy, Australia additionally suffered Ashes defeats in 2005, 2009 and 2010-11. “The primary two in all probability damage extra as a result of we have been anticipated to win extra, definitely in 2005,” he mentioned.
“Everybody in 2005 anticipated us to simply come over right here, whitewash them [England] once more and are available again with the Ashes. That did not occur that manner.
“Actually, for me, the 2005 defeat was the toughest to deal with. However 2010-11, we have been simply utterly outplayed.”