- Ricky Ponting made an eerily accurate prediction
- He called a wicket moments before it happened
- Australia took on West Indies at the Gabba on Thursday
Cricket fans have lauded Ricky Ponting’s expert insight after the Australia great provided a spookily accurate prediction on Thursday.
The world’s second all-time Test leading run-scorer showed off his incredible knowledge of the game towards the end of Day One between Australia and the West Indies at the Gabba.
As Josh Hazlewood charged in for the final over of the day, West Indies duo Kevin Sinclair and Alzarri Joseph were attempting to keep their partnership intact.
Sinclair, on his debut and at the non-striker’s end, was more than happy for his partner to see the final few balls out, strongly refusing the chance of a single when the opportunity presented itself.
‘Sinclair was in no hurry,’ James Brayshaw laughed on commentary.
Ricky Ponting made an eerily accurate prediction during the Australia Test at the Gabba
He called a wicket moments before it happened on Thursday evening
‘He’s thinking to himself, ‘This is my first Test match, I like the view from here (the non-striker’s end)’.’
Ponting also joked: ‘He actually had the stop sign up. The stop sign was up and he called out ‘no’ about eight times’.
But then Ponting presented his metaphorical crystal ball and imparted cricketing wisdom for the viewers at home.
‘I don’t like saying it, for West Indies’ sake, but normally this game has a way of making things like that come unstuck,’ Ponting said begun his run up once again.
Lo and behold, Joseph nicked Hazlewood behind to Steve Smith in the slips, and he made no mistake to clutch hold of the ball.
‘Well, I didn’t want to say it, but I did — he (Joseph) should have been up the other end; there was a single there,’ Ponting reflected.
‘That’s actually the second time today that the West Indies, on the back of some slack running between the wickets, have lost a wicket.’
Fans took to Twitter, now known as X, to laud the former Australia captain.
‘How many times do you hear Ponting make an assessment that almost immediately comes true,’ said one fan. ‘One of the best cricket commentators at the moment.’
Another said: ‘Ponting playing chess while the rest of us are playing checkers.’