In the immediate aftermath of Ricky Ponting's retirement announcement, the first image that came to mind was one that did grave injustice to his career as a whole, but yet seemed strangely fitting as a metaphor for his final months as an international cricketer.
It was of Ponting on all fours, felled not by the venom of a delivery, but by its guile. Beaten by the swing of a Jacques Kallis delivery at Adelaide, losing balance and falling. The image was apt because for the final years of his remarkable career, Ponting resembled a fallen giant. Fallen, yes, but a giant, nonetheless.
Nobody dominated Test match batting the way Ponting did in the 2000s, but personally, it was two of his One-Day International innings – played almost exactly nine years apart, both in World Cup matches, both against India – that defined him.