Recalling his 140-run knock in the 2003 World Cup final, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting said that he thought it better to take an aggressive stand against the Indian attack than to score 300 runs at the crease till the last over. Australia then retained the World Cup title after beating India by 125 runs. A few days ago it was its 17th anniversary. On Ponting's unbeaten 140, Australia scored a big score of 359 for two in 50 overs.
Ponting said, "When there were 15 overs left in the second drills break and we had lost two wickets, then I told the 12th player to tell the other batsmen to be ready in the dressing because I will take an aggressive stance from now on." Ponting said in the video uploaded to cricket.au, "If this scheme goes, we will score a very big score." I will not be happy to bat till the end and score 300 against this Indian bowling attack. It is possible if I run faster than now. He said, 'After me there were batsmen like (Darren) Lehman, Michael (Beaven), (Andrew) Symonds who I trusted a lot.
Ponting also told how he asked Damian Martin to play in the match even after a fracture at Unguli. He said, "I told Martin, look into my eyes and tell if you can play." I wanted him to play in the finals. He is a brilliant player and a great batsman against spin. Martin was unbeaten on 88 in this match and formed an unbroken 234-run partnership with the captain.
On this occasion, Potting shared on Twitter the picture of the bat from which he played an unbeaten century in this World Cup final.