Australia’s legendary cricketer Greg Chappell has lavished special praise on Michael Clarke, and sees no reason why the present skipper cannot join the 13000-run club.
Clarke recently took over from Ricky Ponting, who left international cricket after scoring more than 13000 runs. Chappell believes the responsibility of leading the side is getting the best out of Clarke, who he thinks will surely do what Ponting did with
"I have no doubt there are a lot more runs for Michael. He’s just in fantastic form and he’s in a fantastic period of his career… it’s great to see," Chappell was quoted as saying by ‘Daily Telegraph’.
Scoring his 23rd ton in Test, the right-hander surpassed Don Bradman (6996) and Chappell (7110) during the opening Test against India. He has now become Australia’s ninth highest run-getter in Tests, and the chances of touching the 13000-run mark
are quite bright.
When asked if Clarke will be able to score 13000 Test runs in his career, Chappell was quite confident that he would. "There’s no reason at all why he can’t do that. Provided his body holds up, that’s probably where he is going to finish up," said the former
Test skipper, who averaged 53.86 runs from 87 Tests.
"He takes to the captaincy very well, he’s very good at it," Chappell said of Clarke. "The big thing is captaincy comes naturally to him. If you don’t handle it, it can work the other way, but from Michael’s point of view it has energised him.
"He looks very comfortable in all facets: his batting, his captaincy and his life. He is in a great place and it’s showing in everything that he does. It’s been a remarkable period for him and he is taking the team with him, which is even more impressive
and more important," he added.
Talking about Clarke surpassing him, the former cricket shared that it happens in cricket. He describes that he does not think too much about this, but when a player of Clarke’s calibre breaks the record, it feels really nice.