The ongoing Border-Gavaskar series is in its final leg with the deciding Test match to be played in Dharamsala from March 25. Both teams have one win under their belt and will be going all out in the final match. With the kind of buzz this series has already generated, cricket lovers are eagerly waiting for the first ball to be bowled on Saturday. (Not sure Virat Kohli knows how to spell ‘sorry’: Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland)WATCH FULL CLARKE INTERVIEW HEREBut cricket has not been the only talking point this time. Rarely has a cricket series between India and Australia been so intense post 2008 when India travelled Down Under and played out probably the most thrilling and controversial contests in international cricket. (Virat Kohli a great leader, Team India fully supports him: Cheteshwar Pujara)The 2-0 scoreline barely does justice to the fact that India competed hard and gave it back to the Aussies whenever they were provoked with the infamous ‘monkeygate scandal’ being the lowest point for both teams. (Australia shattered because India are giving it back: Chetan Chauhan to Aaj Tak)Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, who played an integral part in that series nine years ago, is now keenly following the action from the sidelines as a commentator and cricket expert, as Virat Kohli and Steve Smith’s men battle for the trophy here in India. (Virat Kohli alleges Australia of disrespecting team physio Patrick Farhart)Apart from the outstanding quality of cricket from both sides, Smith’s team along with the Australian cricket board and a section of the media there, has been targeting the Indian captain with some bizarre allegations and uncalled for verbal volleys. Kohli on his part, has given it back to the Aussies in his own way and stood up for what he feels is right – be it for the DRS controversy or speaking out against the Australian team for disrespecting India physio Patrick Farhart.advertisementClarke, who has seen and done it all, was left bewildered when an Australian daily compared Kohli to US president Donald Trump and called the comparison a “load of shit.””Comparing Virat Kohli with Donald Trump – what a load of shit s that. What Virat did, even Smith would have. I could just laugh about the Trump thing (comparison). I find it quite funny and am sure Virat will also find it quite funny,” Clarke told India Today.”Bear in mind, I love Kohli and the Australian public love him. It’s just two or three reporters who are trying to tarnish him.”Clarke then went on to say that this series has been absolutely terrific with some outstanding cricket being played over the past one month and compared it to the 2005 Ashes series, which is rated as the greatest Ashes ever played.”This is just getting out of control. I understand how the world works, the Australian media wants to see their team do well and same goes for the Indian press. But the cricket has been unbelievable. This has been one of the best Test series that I can think of. It reminds me a lot of the 2005 Ashes series with both teams fighting hard on the field.”You’ll see at the end of this series, Virat Kohli will shake hands with Steve Smith and they’ll be good friends once again. They’ll go to the bar or the IPL and they will be completely fine,” he added.
- India vs Australia 2017 reminds me of Ashes 2005: Michael Clarke to India Today