Ponting has no time for superstition
India have recent history on their side when they attempt to end Australia's 16-match winning streak in Sunday's World Cup final.india Updated: Mar 22, 2003 16:50 IST
India have recent history on their side when they attempt to end Australia's 16-match winning streak in Sunday's World Cup final.
The last time the Australians put together such a run of consecutive victories -- 16 tests wins, also a world record, between October 1999 and February 2001 -- it was ended by Saurav Ganguly's side in an extraordinary match in Kolkata.
"I'm not really superstitious and it had not really occurred to me," Australia captain Ricky Ponting said when that statistic was presented to him.
"I'm not a big one for awareness of those sorts of statistics anyway. They (India) can make something of it if they want but I don't know it will make them play any better on Sunday."
Australia arrived in South Africa with six wins in succession, having won a home tri-series against England and Sri Lanka. They have won all 10 of their Cup matches including a nine-wicket victory over India in the first round.
Ganguly was also not looking back to his side's win in Calcutta, where India became only the third side in history to win a test after being forced to follow on, for inspiration on Sunday.
"I am not superstitious about it," he said. "We won in Eden Gardens by playing very well and we have to do the same in Wanderers if we are to repeat it."
The last team to beat Australia were Sri Lanka on January 9 in Sydney, when they won by 79 runs, Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya both scoring centuries.
During Australia's winning one-day run, England are the only side to have run them close, with a seven-run defeat in Hobart, a five-run reverse in Melbourne and a two-wicket defeat in Port Elizabeth.
During the streak, no side has managed to bowl the Australians out -- on average, they have lost just under five wickets in those 16 games -- while they have bowled out their opponents 10 times.
In Australia's eight successful run chases, they have been taken to the last over just once. Against India on February 15 at Centurion, they needed 22.2 overs to overhaul India's 125 all out.
First Published: Mar 22, 2003 16:50 IST