Expressing his surprise over the Indian skipper’s decision to avoid the tour Clarke said,”I am surprised. I think a test match is a test match and for me any day, any country comes first. But it’s entirely Virat’s choice to decide.”
The cricketer was addressing media in an event ‘Trial and Tribulations of Michael Clarke’ organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce this evening.
Clarke, while interacting with eminent cricket historian Boria Majumder, also spoke about his cricketing journey till his retirement. He recounted several memorable moments of his career, including how he stopped Brendon McCullum in 2015 world cup to his dream coming true when he shared the dressing room with legends like Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, McGrath or Shane Warne. He also remembered the sudden sad demise of Phil Hughes.
Boria, mentioned Clarke as “Someone profoundly different and for whom a promise meant to be kept”. Boria pointed an incident that during his debut test against India, while Clarke was batting at 98 runs, he called for his baggy green cap and made his debut ton with that.
“He made 151 runs but his love for baggy green obviously helped him prosper and flourish,” added Boria.
“By far this Indian team seems very confident and is obviously one of the favourites in World Cup 2019. IPL shows India’s strength, as this time all the teams have Indian captain except Kane Williamson. But preparation, form and best cricket in right time is all you need to win World Cup”, concluded Clarke.