It is a wonderful read for especially those trying to pursue excellence in a competitive lanes.The book highlights the journey of Ricky in his strive towards excellence.Filled with enormous anecdotes from his playing days,the book also talks about the ingredients that went into making the Australian team especially in the late nineties and the following decade such a champion side.The book illustrates the depth of mateship,camaradrie, love ,bonding amongst the members of the famous Aussie side that ruled the world cricket till 2007.The book also inculcates the reader on practical leadership lessons as well as success mantras from Ponting own experience in the field of sports.
Not only this the book also highlights Pontings admiration for some of the great cricketers of his time.His analysis of Lara and Tendulkar is razor sharp and insightful.He also talks about his work ethics,millitary precision preparation,hunger and the pride he took to represent his country.Ponting also gives us an understanding of the mental strength of some of his champion players especially Glenn,Gilchrist, Langer, Martyn,etc.He talks about some of the controversies he has been involved in,couple of ethical issues,talks about failures in his life and how on many occasions the perseverance and resilience pulled him through.His struggle especially towards the end of his career is something that many people may relate to in terms of the behaviour of the mind and how the indecisiveness in mind can compound things for us.His emphasis on playing the game in right spirit, though may sound ironical for his critics, is sometimes he may truly be genuine about and perhaps have sincerely tried to pursue in most of his career. Incidents in the heat of the moment may be forgiven given that it is human to err.
It also projects the other side of Ricky Ponting as a kind,loving,humble human being.The book talks about the relationship Ponting shares with his family members and dear ones especially his wife Rianna and their children.The concern of Ponting for children suffering from Leukemia is also noteworthy.
However a part of the book is also a recall of some of the games Ponting has been a part of and may at times the numbers and narration may feel boring.Still a lot can be learned from this book especially the practical lessons sports has to offer to life.
Ponting At the close of play is an compelling read which teaches us that hard work extraordinary talent and an unflinching temperament are the secret to being at the top of whatever one may choose to do in life
This is the best autobiography i have ever read... I bought both paperback and kindle edition...paperback has few picture pages of ponting's friends, teammates and family which kindle edition lacks....