Ponting, by and far, has had an outstanding international career, having led Australia to two World Cup triumphs, in 2003 and 2007, and been part of the triumphant 1999 squad, led by Steve Waugh.
He appears as the only current batsman capable of overtaking Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar in the number of Test hundreds when both finish their careers.
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The Tasmanian stroke-maker has 35 hundreds in 119 Tests compared to Tendulkar's 39 in 150, and the former, who is also two years younger, currently holds a superb average of 58-plus, nearly four points more than that of the Indian champion.
But all these records may count for little for Indian fans if the Aussie fails to deliver with the bat in the Test rubber unlike on previous visits to this country.