Ricky Ponting shares hilarious Shane Warne story after David Warner World Cup controversy
- Warner center of catching controversy during Cricket World Cup
- Ponting compares the incident to the capture of the infamous Herschelle Gibbs
- Reveals Shane Warne predicted it would happen
Ricky Ponting has shared a brilliant Shane Warne story after David Warner was wrongly given out for a Hossain Shanto catch during the Cricket World Cup on Saturday night.
Warner made 53 runs in Australia’s highest ever successful run chase in a World Cup, beating Bangladesh with an eight-wicket thrashing.
However, controversy arose over the dismissal of the Aussie opener after he took an easy catch off Najmul Hossain Shanto at mid-off.
Shanto took the catch and immediately threw the ball into the air to celebrate the wicket – only for the ball to slip from his grasp.
The catch was still considered legal and Warner did not object to the decision.
Ricky Ponting has revealed Shane Warne’s advice before Herschelle Gibbs dropped the catch
David Warner appeared to be unfairly given out on Saturday evening after taking an easy catch off mid-on to Najmul Hossain Shanto, which slipped from his hands while celebrating.
Ponting, however, was not so sure about the decision, claiming Warner was ‘completely unaware’ of what had happened.
“It was snapped straight down to halfway but the fieldman caught it and when he tried to throw the ball in the air it came out of his hands,” he said in his commentary.
‘Does this count as a completed catch or not? There goes. Been at it long enough, definitely got control, but interesting, will that be handed out?’
The incident had echoes of South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs’ missed catch on Australia’s Steve Waugh during the 1999 World Cup – which Ponting revealed was foreshadowed by Warne.
‘We’d been going through their team line-up and talking about their batters and bowlers and everyone’s about to walk out and Warnie stands up and says, ‘Guys, before you go, if any of you throw a ball to Herschelle Gibbs today beats in the field does not run. He has caught and released the ball from his hands very quickly in this tournament. If you hit a ball at him, don’t run,” Ponting said.
“Sure enough, Steve Waugh hit that catch to him, he threw it in the air, shot it to the ground with the bottom of his hands and didn’t give it out.
“(Before that) we all stood up and said, ‘What is Warnie talking about? What are you talking about?’
Ponting revealed that Warne told teammates not to run when they hit Gibbs
“But it happened and the rest is history,” Steve Waugh continued, scoring a stunning hundred.
‘If Steve Waugh hadn’t reached that hundred we probably wouldn’t have gone through to the next stage and we wouldn’t have been able to win that World Cup in ’99.’