Being a captain of a team is a special feeling to represent the nation with remarkable pride as one can pat himself on the back and say “I am the captain of this team and I’m proud of it!” unless you don’t get yourself into a mess. When the team’s display is below par, the captain has to back the teammates to get the collective rhythm back.
Field placements, rotating the bowlers at crucial times, motivating the players are the important traits that a captain should possess. Above all, no matter how successful the captain maybe but if he crosses the line with someone else then he is conscience-stricken over his conduct just like the Ricky Ponting’s incident with umpire Aleem Dar which wasn’t one to remember.
In the fourth Test of the 2010-11 Australia-England Ashes series in MCG, Ricky Ponting found himself in a blowtorch situation with Aleem Dar over Kevin Pietersen’s caught-behind referral. Ryan Harris pitched a good delivery which saw Kevin Pietersen missing the ball that went to Brad Haddin behind the stumps.
The wicket-keeper Haddin was so convinced that Pietersen had nicked the ball cleanly and so he approached to the skipper Ponting quite confidently in the hunt for a review. The hotspot technology revealed no sign of an inside edge on the big screen and it was crystal clear that Pietersen was found safe to do the proceedings.
By knowing this, Ricky Ponting was not happy with the decision made by the third umpire Marais Erasmus as he went up to Aleem Dar and argued with the caught-behind referral and then exchanged some few words.
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Ricky Ponting was penalised 40% fine of his match fee (A$ 5,400) by the ICC match referee Ranjan Madugalle after arguing with the umpire for a long time which is deemed contrary to the spirit of the game. England then went on to win the fourth Test as well as the final Test that saw England retaining the Ashes, having tasted the same back in 2009 by 2-1.