Was he Al Capone, a gangster beneath his Canary Yellow who frequented speakeasies and patronized moonshining?
Or was he Idi Amin, the self-anointed CBE (Conqueror of the British Empire) even though he lost Ashes?
High possibilities though these maybe, allow me to let the cat out of the bag and tell you that Ricky Ponting was King Pyrrhus in his previous life!
A little explanation would render it less outrageous.
Well, when you are a second cousin of Alexander the Great, you can’t help winning wars. It just happens.
But then Pyrrhus was not Alexander but his cousin, and second one at that. He won the Battle of Asculum alright but it was such a cliffhanger that cost him irreparable damage.
The poor guy was left to mutter that one more such victory would completely undo him. And unscrupulous phrase-coiners minted money out of his predicament, terming it ‘Pyrrhic victory’.
Now sample this.
Ponting won Vadodara but lost Brett Lee.
He won Mohali too and Peter Siddle and Moises Henriques fell by the wayside.
Had you been a particular insect of the Diptera order on the wall of the Oz dressing room, you could have eavesdropped Punter grumbling to someone “One more such victory and mate, I’d be undone.”
(P.S. Staying with the reincarnation theme, read why Tendulkar is actually Einstein re-born).
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