The great clash between India and Australia is all set to take place on the pitch of M.A. Chidambram Stadium in Chennai. The contest will be high-octane one as suggested through the TVC released by the broadcaster. But in a build-up of this coming series we have a guest from Australia, who is more Indian by his heart.
Michael Clarke is in India and as the saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is rightfully delivered by the former Australian captain, who wore the turban on the floors of AAJ Tak studio and became Michael ‘Singh’ Clarke.
“I spend so much time in India, I feel half Indian,” says Michael Clarke before he becomes a full Indian and Michael ‘Singh’.
An Indian origins Australian who also happens to support Mcgrath Foundation availed the opportunity to “paint” Clarke in India colours – with a blue turban. Blue is the colour of Indian sports and the turban symbolizes “being Indian”.
The Indian-origin Aussie, here to enjoy the India-Australia series, recalls the decorated India-Australiacricketing history. “With blue turban on head, Clarke will feel like an Indian and support the Men in Blue,” says Manu Singh, an NRI from New South Wales, Australia.
Clarke is a part of Aajtak’s India-Australia series six-member expert panel that includes Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Azharuddin, Madan Lal and Nikhil Chopra.
Apparently, Clarke had loved to play on Indian pitches more than anywhere else in this world. His record score in ODI of 130 came against India in 2007 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. The slow left-arm orthodox registered his best ODI bowling figures of 6 for 9 against India in 2004 at Mumbai. But this time, he can only hope for such records to be created by his fellow Australians.
Earlier, the TVCs for the India-Australia series campaign by the official broadcaster STAR India themed ‘Aussie sab janta hai’ show an Australian cricketer having Indian demeanour. This indicates that playing frequently in India during tours and the Indian Premier League, the Australian cricketers are now familiar with the pitches and conditions here, which in a way neutralises the home advantage and makes great rivalry more exciting and challenging for the hosts.
And, worth waiting for in-depth analysis with light-hearted banters when the likes of Ganguly, Harbhajan and Clarke sit across to discuss strategies and dissect performances.
Pictures and video are courtesy Aajtak and their youtube sports channel – Sportstak.