Micheal Clarke has always been a well-respected player/ leader and was also instrumental towards Australia’s World Cup triumph in 2015. 115 Test Matches, 245 ODI’s and an average of almost above 45 in both forms of the game, Clarke will always be remembered in the history books of cricket as a successful cricketer who gave a lot to the game and to be fair, in return, the game also gave back a lot to him!
It was as a blonde-haired free-gliding stroke maker when Clarke first made his debut against England at the Adelaide Oval in 2003 and it’s only been an upward journey ever since as far as his CV is concerned. Yes, there were hiccups and maybe his test career could have picked up a bit more which was halted due to a few injuries but his overall resume was the kind most would be envious off or maybe happy about if they are close to Clarke.
While the former Australian Captain has been applying his trade doing cricket commentary, podcasts, and Vlogs, he has managed to stay away from controversies unlike a few he had on the cricket field, remember Virender Sehwag asking him if his team-mates called him Pup? Meanwhile, just a few days ago Clarke made a kind of statement which came out of nowhere and did not go down too well with many in the cricketing circuit, especially his people back home in Australia.
He had expressed that he truly believed that the reason the Australian players don’t sledge the current Indian Captain Virat Kohli is the fact that they might miss out on IPL Contracts. He had also added that all the Australian players want to be in the good books of Virat Kohli for the very same reason. While Clarke has been facing a lot of back-clash ever since, the latest to join the band-wagon was the former Indian batsman- The Very Very Special Laxman.
The Hyderabad born Laxman quoted, Just by being nice to someone doesn’t get you a place in IPL.“Any franchise will look at the player’s calibre and value add to the team, which gives them desired results by winning matches/tournaments. These are the kind of players who get IPL contracts. So just being nice to someone will not earn you a spot in the IPL.”. Laxman also reminded everyone that while he is also at the auction table making decisions for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, as a matter of a fact he can confirm that the IPL teams don’t think like Micheal Clarke thinks they do! “Friendship with any Indian player doesn’t ensure entry into the IPL”, Laxman concluded.