Former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke has taken a tunnel to Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his forceful outlook on the field. A couple of days back, Australian former cricketer Matthew Hayden appears in Kohli’s support, honouring him for being ‘passionate and respectful’ towards the match.
However, now Kohli has set up support in former Australian captain Michael Clarke.
Talking at the launch of his autobiography titled “My Story,” in Kolkata, Clarke said about the example when Koh and his team director Ravi Shastri and also coach Duncan Fletcher had attended former Australian batsman Phillip Hughes’s funeral.
The 35-year-old Clarke, who led Australia to their 5th Cricket World Cup triumph, praises Kohli’s sign of presence Hughes funeral in his hometown of Macksville highly.
The first of the four Tests of the series between India and Australia in the year 2014 was also cancelled from 4th December to 9th December in Adelaide.
Clarke said “The way (Virat) handled that situation; he came for the funeral and has some of the Indian players too. I have utmost respect for him because of that. This is clearly above the game of cricket and they didn’t need to postpone the game.”
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“They could not have turned up for the funeral. They didn’t have to do anything that they did. I will always remember that.”
Clarke said that still, he has Hughes’s phone number saved on his mobile. He said the reason he wrote the book about the incident to show his family and the whole world.
“It’s still very emotional for me to talk about. The incident is one of the reasons for me to write the book. To get through that period, I spent that time writing it to show his family and the world how I feel.”
“I feel it a big part of my responsibility to be Australian cricket captain and lead from the front for my teammate. Apart from that, it’s a big responsibility as one of Phillip’s closest friends to be there for his family and for his other friends.”
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“I don’t think I did anything different than he would have done for me if I had been in his position. It took me longer to accept he is not there. I still have his mobile phone number in my phone. It’s still very hard for me to fathom that he is no longer with us,” he added.