Michael Clarke names the Seven Best Batsmen he played with or against; two Indians are in it

The former Aussies skipper Michael Clarke names the seven best batsmen he played with or against in his career.

The former Australian captain Michael Clarke’s international career screwed 12 years, during which time he played with and against some all-time greats of the game.

Michael Clarke started his road as a player of the all-great and winning Australian team of the early 2000s alongside Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Shane Warne, and Glenn McGrath before biding an ending up as a teammate to today’s stars like Steve Smith and David Warner.

Michael Clarke also confronted with giants like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Kevin Pietersen, Jacques Kallis, and former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum in his career through.

But the question is, who was the best of the best among those greats?

Speaking on, he names ‘the Seven best batsmen‘ he played with or against.


Michael Clarke on Brian Lara
Michael Clarke on Brian Lara

“Probably my favourite batsman through my career,” Clarke said.
“You look at statistics, and his average is probably not as high as others names on this list, but it was the way he played, whether that it was against fast bowlers or spinners. It was the success he had against Australia. That’s the other thing about these batsmen I’ve picked is that they all dominated Australia. You think of an attack with McGrath, Gillespie, Brett Lee, Shane Warne — these guys bowling to these batsmen — and they all found a way to have success.”


Michael Clarke on Sachin Tendulkar
Michael Clarke on Sachin Tendulkar

Little master is no doubt making in the seven best batsmen, and Michael Clarke admits that he was the hardest to get out.

“Probably technically the best batsman I ever saw.”
“The hardest batsman to get out. I think Sachin, technically, didn’t have a weakness. Part of you hoped that he made a mistake.”


Michael Clarke on Virat Kohli
Michael Clarke on Virat Kohli

Today’s record maker or breaker, one of the great Kohli is in the seven best batsmen.

“I think right now, the best batsman across all three formats.”
“His one day and twenty-twenty records are phenomenal, and he’s also found a way to dominate Test cricket. What Kohli and Tendulkar have in common is they love making big hundreds.”


Michael Clarke on AB De Villiers
Michael Clarke on AB De Villiers

“I’m hoping he comes back and plays for South Africa again. Superstar. Can bat anywhere in the order. Dominates T20 cricket. He can score runs anywhere around the ground.”


Michael Clarke on Jacques Kallis
Michael Clarke on Jacques Kallis

Michael Clarke names Kallis one of the most excellent all-rounder.

“The greatest all-rounder that I played against.”
“The impact he had against Australia; the way he was able to score runs against our attack was extraordinary.”



Michael Clarke on Ricky Ponting
Michael Clarke on Ricky Ponting

The former Aussies captain is the only great on the list of seven best batsmen.

“He’s probably the best Australian batsman I played with.”
“I was lucky enough to play with some great batsman — Matthew Hayden, Steve Smith, David Warner, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn, who was a genius. What separates Ricky is the era that he played. Just about every attack had two or three top-line, world-class bowlers, and he was able to dominate them.”


Michael Clarke on Kumar Sangakkara
Michael Clarke on Kumar Sangakkara

The Srilankan former also gets into the World cup winner’s ‘seven best batsmen.’

“He seems to be forgotten regularly.”
“Phenomenal. Batted at number three, which I think is the toughest position. I think he scored three hundred in a row in a world cup. Sangakkara was a force and an absolute gentleman of the game.”