Australian legend Arthur Morris has described Ricky Ponting's farewell as one of the most emotional things he's seen on a cricket field since watching the great Don Bradman's final innings in 1948.
Morris compared the touching tribute from fans for Ponting at the WACA and opponents South Africa in the Third Test to the legendary standing ovation and three cheers Don Bradman received ahead of his final time at the crease.
While fellow invincible Neil Harvey believes a number of batsmen, including Greg Chappell and Steve Waugh, were equally as good as Ponting, Morris told claimed the retired 37-year-old Tasmanian was "one of our great players after Bradman", News.com.au reports.
"was very similar to Bradman. It was the same in that it was a really marvellous show of appreciation for a great player. It was very emotional and it was good to see from the crowd and South Africans. It was a nice gesture," he said.
"I was so pleased that he got such a reception like that. It's not an easy thing to do to retire. To give it all away. It's a sad moment when a career comes to an end, especially one like that. It was really pleasing that he was so accepted by the crowd and by the South Africans," he added.
The biggest difference was the dead silence from the stunned English crowd which followed Bradman's dismissal, widely described as the most famous dismissal in cricket history, according to Morris.
"The crowd cheered for him, but there was only dead silence when Bradman was bowled," he said. (ANI)