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Born on: April 2, 1981, Liverpool, New South Wales
In his prime, Michael Clarke was beautiful to watch. His cuts and flicks were delightful and his cover and on-drives were gorgeous. He was one of the most complete batsmen of his time and with quite an uncomplicated approach, scaled great heights in international cricket. Apart from his glittering batting achievements, Clarke was also an inspirational leader and helped Australia come back to the No.1 position in Tests after a brief period of decline.
In his maiden Test for Australia, Clarke smashed a majestic 151 against India at Bengaluru in 2004 that helped his team achieve a clinical win. That knock propelled Clarke to instant stardom and since then he became a regular feature of Australia’s setup. Clarke loved playing in the V and also relied heavily on driving and cutting the ball impeccably, a trait that brought him bucketfuls of runs both in Tests and ODIs.
While Clarke was pretty good in limited overs cricket, he had become outstanding in Tests and emerged as the No.1 batsman in the format at his peak. In 2008 and 2009, he scored 1000-plus runs in Tests consecutively. His best year, though, was 2012 where he amassed 1595 runs in just 11 Tests including a career-best unbeaten 329 against India at Sydney, along with three more double hundreds.
As a captain, too, Clarke was inspirational ever since he got the job in 2011 from Ricky Ponting and was known for his bold and fearless moves in want for victory. He rallied his team around during a tough phase and brought them back to the top. He led Australia to an emphatic World Cup triumph in 2015 and also captained them to an Ashes whitewash in 2013-14.
A chronic and recurring back injury hampered Clarke’s progress as a cricketer and ultimately forced him to retire from the game in 2015. Clarke was one of the most successful Australian batsmen and had 36 centuries along with close to 17,000 international runs across formats.
Most memorable performance: 329* v India at Sydney, 2012
Favorite shot: The cover drive and the straight drive
Hobbies: Watching footy and spending time at the beach
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