Happy Birthday Ricky Ponting: International cricket’s most successful captain Ricky Ponting celebrates his 45th birthday on Thursday. Born on December 19, 1974, the former Aussie cricketer will certainly go down as one of the best skipper and batsman in the cricket’s history. Ponting was the leader of the Australian team which ruled World cricket in the first decade of 2000. Along with his captaincy skills, the talismanic player was also a brilliant batsman and has played several match-defining knocks in his illustrious career. In fact, the right-handed batsman is the third-highest run-scorer in international cricket after Kumar Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar.