Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that even if his country media may not write positive things about Indian captain Virat Kohli, it wouldn’t be right to think that the exciting cricketer doesn’t have enough fans Down Under.
When asked by Cricbuzz, former Aussie captain Clarke said that “I disagree that Virat doesn’t have too many fans in Australia. I think Virat has a lot of Australian spirit in him.”
Clarke added, “To be honest, he plays the game really tough and is really competitive on the field, but he is a nice guy off the field. So when people get to know Virat, they realize that what they see on the field is just his competitive spirit.”
“I can’t think of any Australian cricketer who wasn’t like that every time we walked out on the field. I certainly think there is respect for Virat in Australia.”
Talking about Kohli few controversies with the Australian media over the past few years, Clarke said “You probably are not going to read the positive stuff (about Virat) in the Australian media though. They all wait to write a negative story. But I have a great relationship with him and I think he is respectful.”
Clarke said that India might be difficult to strike at home, “The Indian team right now is full of confidence and the upcoming tour for Australia is going to be tough. This tour will be a great challenge for Australia as India, at the moment, are playing very well. Obviously, the Australian supporters expect their team to be best in the world. But, India is ticking all the right boxes under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.”
He said, “If India can beat South Africa, Australia, and England at away conditions, there will be no doubt that India is the number one team in the world.”
Speaking about the rift between Cricket Australia and the players association came to an end. “It is fantastic that the deal has been done and everybody can focus on cricket. Australia will be travelling to Bangladesh very soon and then we come to India and then the Ashes, so it is wonderful that the game can now move forward.”
“The players can focus on what they do the best – playing – and the administrators can do their job too. I think everybody is sick and tired of talking about it and very happy that it’s over,” added Clarke.