Sydney: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who silenced his critics by scoring a sparkling 134 against India, on Wednesday said he hung in there because he had the "hunger" to do well at the international level despite being under enormous pressure.
"If I didn't feel the hunger, I wouldn't be playing the game. There has been more pressure on me in recent times than at any stage of my career. I have had to work harder. I am a proud person and I want to finish off my career the way I wanted. I love a contest too much to give it away," Ponting, who notched up his 40th Test century, told reporters after the second day's play.
"I want to give myself the best chance, taking Australia from No 5 to top of the tree where we deserve to be," he said.