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Talent is an often overrated quality in sport, and not a sure shot recipe for success. If that was the case people like Vinod Kambli, Basit Ali, Tim Henman and Sania Mirza would have been legends in the respective field.

When a batsman has scored as many as 41 Test centuries, it is rather difficult to pick up a handful of innings and term them his best. We made an effort nonetheless. In our attempt of not being unfair to the great Ricky Ponting...

Former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting today has announced his retirement from International Cricket. Ponting will play his last international match at Perth in what would be the Third and Final Test between Australia and South Africa.

Ricky Ponting came into the tests against South Africa in good state cricket form, racking up 355 runs for Tasmania at 118.33. Yet the man who is perhaps Australia’s greatest player since Bradman has failed in every visit to the crease so far this series and as he himself admits, is running out of time.

Check here their records in the last five matches. Ponting has managed just 166 runs at an average of 18.44. Tendulkar has managed just 130 runs in five Tests at an average of 16.25.

Following a roaring series against India, it seemed like Ricky Ponting’s career had come on track for a brief period. However, failures in the Tests against South Africa, and his career seems near the end again.

The game of cricket has undergone a sea change from the 90’s to the current times. However, there have been a handful of cricketers who have played in the two eras, and, like greats do, have adapted their game according to the situation, and have succeeded like few others have.

On Saturday, South African captain Graeme Smith achieved the rare distinction of scoring a hundred in his hundredth Test. With the knock, the left-hander placed himself in elite company. Here’s a look at a few other players who also celebrated their centenary Test with a hundred.

Australia end Day 3 at 200/6 to take their overall lead to 310 runs. This was after bowling out West Indies for 218 in their first innings.