Taking to Twitter, Ponting posted a picture and captioned the post, “Found my jacket from the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in 1998. One of the few occasions we weren’t good enough in a big tournament, South Africa outplayed us in the gold medal game.”
In the gold-medal match, the Shaun Pollock-led Proteas outclassed Australia by four wickets with 24 balls remaining.
Found my jacket from the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in 1998. One of the few occasions we weren’t good enough i… https://t.co/kvanRkJujR
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) 1588484492000
South Africa won the toss and asked the Aussies to bat first but they could only post a total of 183, thanks to skipper Steve Waugh’s unbeaten knock of 90 runs. Ponting failed to leave his mark on the game and was dismissed for just two runs.
Chasing 184, Mike Rindel and Jacques Kallis guided South Africa to a comfortable victory in 46 overs. Rindel scored 67 runs while Kallis made 44.
Australia settled for a silver medal in the competition while New Zealand bagged the bronze medal.
Cricket will once again make an appearance at the CWG in 2022 in Birmingham, where women’s T20 cricket has been included.
The ICC will be responsible for the competition’s terms and the conduct of cricket by way of providing match officials and ensuring matches are played as per the laws of the game.
The Birmingham Games are scheduled to take place from July 27 to August 7, 2022.