Lowest point as captain: Ricky Ponting on Monkeygate controversy

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting opened up recently about the Monkeygate controversy that involved Andrew Symonds, Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar.

“We all felt let down by the end result (of the Monkeygate controversy). The fact that it got in the way of the way we played our cricket for the next Test match was probably the most disappointing thing,” Ponting told on the sky sports podcast.

“So we go over there and India at Perth is game we expect to win and then we lost the match and after that the next few days things just got worse and worse,” he went on to add.

“Monkeygate was probably the lowest (point in career as captain). Losing the 2005 Ashes series was tough but I was in full control of that. But I wasn’t in full control of what happened during the Monkeygate thing.”

“It was a low point and also because it dragged on for so long. I remember coming off the ground during the Adelaide Test match and speaking to Cricket Australia officials about the case because the hearing was at the end of the Adelaide Test match.”

He also added that he made peace with the incident after talking things through with Sachin, Anil and Harbhajan during their stint with Mumbai Indians.