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Kohli, KP hail legend Ricky Ponting

Last updated on: November 29, 2012 12:10 IST

As former Australia captain Ricky Ponting announced his retirement from Test cricket, farewell messages poured in from all over.

- 'If we get on top, no better time for me to bow out'

Here is how Twitter reacted to the news of Ponting's retirement.

- Ponting to retire from Tests after Perth match

- India's Virat Kohli tweeted: 'Ricky ponting what an absolute legend. Iam glad I had the honour of playing against him. Take a bow #legend #respect".

- England batsman Kevin Pietersen was among the many international cricketers who joined the chorus of tributes as Ponting pulled the pin on his 167-Test career.

- 'RETIRES.... ONE OF THE GREATS! I always got excited playing AUS, so I could watch him bat up close. Well done Punter!" Pietersen tweeted.

- Ricky PontingBrett Lee, who played with Ponting wished his old teammate well as he took to the field for the final time.

'Congrats Punter on a fantastic career, enjoyed playing along side you! Go out with a bang mate!' Lee tweeted.

- Ponting's teammate David Warner wrote: 'Well done to Ricky and his family, has been an outstanding career and will be missed by everyone! #legend".

- An emotional Australia captain Michael Clarke said it was a surprise to the team when his predecessor and mentor announced his impending retirement.

'That'll be enough for me today,' he said, after a long pause, as he struggled unsuccessfully to contain his emotions.

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