World Cup-winning captain of Australia, Michael Clarke, has been all over media due to his scathing remarks on the Australian cricket team, and his ‘sucking up’ to Virat Kohli and Co. comment.
This time around, the former Australian middle-order batsman called out the best batsmen in the contemporary era of cricket, and it is none other than Indian captain Virat Kohli.
“I think right now Virat is 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,” Clarke stated according to Fox Sports.
Also, Pup drew similarities between Kohli and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar by claiming: “What Kohli and Tendulkar have in common is they love making big hundreds.”
Clarke recently picked the seven best batsmen he has played with and against, including both Virat and Sachin in his elite list.
“Probably technically the best batsman (Sachin Tendulkar) 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,” Clarke said on Big Sports Breakfast radio show.
Clarke went on to trump MS Dhoni-led Indian side in the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup in 2015 at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Australia managed to lift their fifth World Cup title in three decades.
The careers of Clarke and Tendulkar intersected after the Australian made his debut in international cricket in the 2003-04 season. Since then, the two shared the field on numerous occasions while representing their respective nations.
Both Clarke and Sachin were part of the infamous Sydney Test in 2008, where the former claimed an iffy catch which was found out to be grassed in replays. Tendulkar was in the middle of the action when the entire Monkeygate unravelled.