Michael Clarke Picks Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli as His Favourite Batsmen For Different Reasons
Former Australian World Cup-winning captain Michael Clarke has recently revealed his favourite batsmen in different angels. In these particular choices, two of them are the Indian cricketers, who have already achieved the legendary marks. While he picked up Sachin Tendulkar as the best technical batsman, Clarke also named Virat Kohli as his present favourite batsman.
Michael Clarke was known as one of the greatest batsmen in Australian cricket history. The former right-handed batsman, who retired from the game in 2015, is the fourth-most international run-scorer for Australia.
Clarke feels that the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was probably the best batsman according to technical aspects. Though Tendulkar retired from the international cricket six years ago, he is still holding the record of the most runs in international cricket history.
Clarke said according to Fox Sports, “(Tendulkar) Probably technically the best batsman I ever saw. The hardest batsman to get out. I think Sachin, technically, didn’t have a weakness. Part of you hoped that he made a mistake.”
On the other hand, Clarke believes that the present Indian captain Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman across all formats. While only Virat Kohli is in some fight to break many reliable and reputed records of Tendulkar, the right-handed batsman is maintaining the 50+ averages in every international format.
Clarke added, “I think right now the best batsman across all three formats. His one day and twenty twenty records are phenomenal and he’s also found a way to dominate Test cricket. What Kohli and Tendulkar have in common is they love making big hundreds.”
Probably Brian Lara was my favourite batsman through my career: Michael Clarke
However, Clarke also named his most favourite batsman in overall. The legendary Caribbean left-handed batsman Brian Lara was Clarke’s most favourite batsman throughout his career. Lara is still the only batsman to score 500 runs in first-class innings (501*) as well as 400 runs in Test innings (400*).
Clarke spoke about Lara, “Probably my favourite batsman through my career. You look at statstics and his average is probably not as high as others names on this list but it was the way he played, whether that it was against fast bowlers or spinners.”
In the meantime, Clarke named the former Australian two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting as his best Australian batsman with whom he played. Talking about Ponting’s speciality, Clarke pointed out that his former captain started the international cricket during the top-bowling generation but still dominated with the bat.
Clarke spoke about Ponting, “He’s probably the best Australian batsman I played with. I was lucky enough to play with some great batsman Matthew Hayden, Steve Smith, David Warner, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn who was a genius. What separates Ricky is the era that he played. Just about every attack had two or three top-line, world-class bowlers and he was able to dominate them.”
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