Clarke reveals seven of his favorite batsmen in world cricket
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has played in nearly 400 matches in an international career spanning more than a decade. He has played against many great batsmen in his career. Among them, he has selected seven of his favorite batsmen. He has only Ricky Ponting on the list from his own country Australia.
Clarke has two batsmen from India and South Africa. He has named seven of his favorite batsmen at Sky Sports Radio’s ‘Big Sports Breakfast’ event. Clarke explains at the outset that he has selected the ones who batted well against legendary bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Shane Warne etc.
Clarke has fascinated by Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s technique. He thinks that it was difficult to get him out. He thinks technically Master Blaster has no weaknesses. Everyone had to wait for the Little Master to make a mistake.
About the West Indies legend, Clarke says that Lara’s stats and averages are not too high. But the way he played the spin and the pace, he impressed everyone. He dominated in batting against Australia.
Clarke’s commentary on the captaincy of India, Kohli’s record in ODIs and T20 is remarkable. He also played a major role in Test cricket. There is a great similarity between Sachin and him. They can both turn a good score into a big century.
AB de Villiers
Clarke wants to see South Africa’s devastated batsman AB de Villiers back on the field. About him, he says, AB can bat in any position. He can play all around the wicket.
According to Clarke, Kallis is one of the best all-rounders of all time. He batted comfortably against Australia’s powerful bowling attack. He was quick to make the ball faster.
Clarke says: I’ve played with great batsmen like Matthew Hayden, Steve Smith, David Warner, Adam Gilchrist. But at the time that Ricky played, his opponents had two or three great bowlers per team. The way he batted against them, it seemed like how easy cricket was.
Sri Lanka’s best wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara used to bat in one down in his career. Clarke’s statement about him, in my opinion – number three is a very difficult position. It is not easy to bat there. He was good at both pace and spin. Along with a great cricketer, he’s a gentleman too.