On Wednesday, Australian skipper Michael Clarke applauded the efforts of his Indian counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni in turning things around for his side, as they wait to battle in the much awaited International Cricket Council World Cup semis at the Sydney Cricket Ground(SCG) here on Thursday.
Michael Clarke said at the post-match press conference that they have played so much cricket in Australia. They have worked out how to take wickets. They have worked out how to get runs, and they have shown that through this ICC World Cup.
The right-handed Aussie skipper added that he thinks Mahendra Singh Dhoni deserves a lot of credit for the way he has captained his side, particularly being defeated in the Test series and the Tri-Series to be able to turn things around. He also said that surely they are at the top of their game right now. So, they are prepared for that. They know they are playing against a very good side that obviously won the last International Cricket Council World Cup. They look forward to that challenge.
When he was asked about India’s poor record at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) over the years, Michael Clarke replied he was amazed about the rivals’ success rate but said it was an advantage playing on the home ground.
The 33 years old said that he thought they would have had a better success rate at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) than that, so it surprises him. But it possibly does show how Australia loves playing in their own domain.
He said that it is no different when they go to India. It is one of the hardest places in the globe to win. One takes the same two sides into different conditions and things change. That is a part of home venue advantage. But he said at the start of ICC World Cup that he thought India were going to be one of the difficult sides to beat.
When he was asked about the Indian side looking like a very different team than what they were in the Tri-series, he answered that India look exactly the same to him. They are just presenting some really good cricket. Aussies played a lot of cricket against India.