Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke was amazed by the resilience shown by Team India and said that they have shown great courage and character in the series.
Team India after winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Tuesday. (AP Photo)
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Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has said that what Team India has achieved Down Under in this series is beyond extraordinary and applauded them for winning despite so much go wrong for the team.
Clarke said that he believed that with Team India at full strength and the hosts with their best players as well, the Australian team would go on to win, and therefore what India has achieved without over half a dozen mainstay players is monumental.
“I think there was an expectation that India at full strength and Australia at full strength in Australian conditions, Australia would still win. They beat Australia without having their captain, 8 of their best players.
“They had so many things go wrong, they were bowled out for 36, yet managed to win. That shows the strength of character, and the courage that this young team has,” Michael Clarke said on India Today.
This was a brilliant performance by India, says Clarke
The former Australia skipper also said that the country prides itself in the way they play at home and the record that they have against the visiting teams, and therefore for India to rebound after the 36 all-out loss in Adelaide Test and then to win the series is beyond extraordinary.
“If Australia come to India, it’s always hard to win there. Same, we pride ourselves when teams come to Australia, it’s hard to beat us.
‘That’s why I said if India beat Australia even in their own backyard with these issues, their captain going home and bowled out out of 36, you would have said, brilliant performance from India.
“But to do it here, with all of that going on, extraordinary is an understatement. That’s why I said India should celebrate for a year,” Clarke added.