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Ricky Ponting: I am devastated

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting feels that 15-20 extra runs from his team would have made a lot of difference in ICC CWC 2011 quarter-final tie against India.

Speaking to reporters at the Sardar Patel stadium after the match got over, Punter made no bones about the fact that the five-wicket loss has left him as well as the team completely shattered.

“I am devastated (after the loss). We came here with the intention of winning the tournament and had just come off from a good ODI series win over England. We found it difficult to get some continuity and momentum going. But that’s not an excuse since we had trained quite hard,” said the dejected Aussie skipper after his team’s exit from the tournament.

Ponting felt that his team ended around 15-20 runs short while batting first. “We probably could have got more than 260. But the unfortunate part is whenever we got a partnership going, we ended up losing wickets. We had to keep pushing the (batting) powerplay back due to this. Although David Hussey played a nice cameo in the end, I felt we never really got any sort of momentum going,” said Ponting.

Brett Lee played his final match in Australian colours on Thursday.

Ponting, who has been playing alongside Lee for more than a decade, paid rich tributes to the pacer. “He has done a lot for Australian cricket throughout his career. At his age to put his body through what he has been doing for the last few years is an amazing achievement. He is the sort of guy anyone will love to have in the team because he never gives up trying. To come back from injuries time and again the way he did is outstanding. If we all had his attitude and determination, the outcome of the game tonight would have been different,” said the Aussie captain.

Ever since the retirement of legends like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden, Australian cricket has been on a downward swing losing a couple of Ashes series besides being beaten by South Africa in a Test series at home.

Ponting acknowledged that while Australian cricket is going through a difficult phase currently, there is no need to ring any alarm bells after their exit from ICC CWC 2011. “It is a bit premature to say that it is the end of our domination era. We were very good tonight against a quality side like India on their home soil. Yes, we have had a couple of back-to-back defeats against Pakistan and Team India, but we are still a very good side,” signed off Punter.

 

 

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