Ponting's incredible prediction comes true

Joey Riordan

Ricky Ponting has just proven his incredible knowledge and understanding of cricket.

The former Australian captain was in commentary for the ICC Champions Trophy Final when he noticed some lazy play by experienced Indian Ravindra Jadeja.

Moments after running out his teammate, big-hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Jadeja then failed to run when called through by his teammate on strike.

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Immediately, Ponting was onto his case, questioning his effort and his leadership as an experienced member of the Indian squad.

Ponting has one of the sharpest cricket minds in the world. Pic: Getty

"That's poor cricket, he's an experienced Indian player he needs to be leading the way," Ponting said.

"He needs to stand up now and get more energy about him and try to have some sort of impact on this game.

"It's amazing how little things like that can turn into big things."

Then Punter demonstrated his unrivalled feel for the game, with a big prediction that was perfectly spot on.

Khan celebrates his wicket. Pic: Fox Sports

"It's amazing how many times you see someone get out the next ball because it's playing on their mind," he said.

Next ball, Jadeja continued his lazy play with an edge to slip off the bowling of Junaid Khan.

Ricky Ponting, take a bow.

Pakistan went on to defy the odds and overwhelm arch-rivals India by 180 runs and pull off a major upset in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 4-338 and fast bowler Amir ripped out India's top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.

Pakistan had come into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team and lost heavily to India in their opening group match but they beat South Africa and Sri Lanka to make the semi-finals where they knocked out hosts England.

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today," Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said at the presentation ceremony.

"Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well. We have a young team and credit to my boys."

It's not the first time Ponting has stolen the show with his commentary, after this criticism of Kevin Pietersen.