IPL 2012 March 28, 2012

Clarke signs with Pune Warriors

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Michael Clarke, the Australia captain, has joined IPL franchise Pune Warriors. On Tuesday, Sourav Ganguly, the Warriors captain and mentor, had said Clarke was close to signing a contract which would be valid for the next two seasons. On Wednesday, the deal was confirmed by the IPL.

Ganguly, who was appointed captain for this season in the absence of Yuvraj Singh, said having Clarke on board would bolster the Warriors in all departments of the game.

"He can bat and he can bowl. He is a big player," Ganguly told ESPNcricinfo.

Clarke had, in 2009, pulled out of the IPL auction, citing Australia's busy schedule, and has never played in the competition. In fact the only domestic Twenty20 games he has played were way back in 2004, for Hampshire in England. He also retired from Twenty20 internationals in January 2011 in order to focus on ODIs and Tests. Asked why Warriors were interested in Clarke, despite his lack of T20 experience, Ganguly said Clarke had the talent and was considering a return to Twenty20 cricket.

"It is his ability," Ganguly said. "He also wants to re-start playing Twenty20 cricket."

Clarke had acknowledged that his manager was in talks with the franchise but said a decision would be arrived at in due course. Clarke landed in the Caribbean on Monday to join the Australia squad. He is still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered during the CB Series, but is expected to play in the warm-up match ahead of the three-Test series against West Indies.

Clarke will only feature in the second half of the Warriors' campaign, as the West Indies tour finishes at the end of the April.

Warriors are now left with just one more overseas slot to fill. Ganguly also confirmed that the franchise had opened talks with Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh opener, but it was too early to say anything definitive. "We are still chatting to Tamim," Ganguly said.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 30, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    pune worrirers now storng batting line up after comes clark . clark is mature player

  • on March 30, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    finally ....clarke has succumbed to the lure of making big bucks.......

  • zenboomerang on March 30, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    This is obviously a marketing decision by Pune Warriors as there is a TV & advertising value in having Clarke in their team regardless of form & stats... Clarkes T20 career has been mediocre - average @21 / s.r. @103 & wouldn't make the current Oz team... Bailey @36 / M Huss @39 / Wade @38 / D Huss @25 / Watson @27 / Warner @25 - all have better strike rates & Clarkes needs to be @125+ to be of any value to a team... As for Clarkes bowling @37.5 / econ @8.65 - it makes David Huss @19.1 / econ @6.34 look like Murali... Obviously the BBL has helped him change his decision, but would he get a gig in Oz as his asking price would be a waste of money for such an average batsman?... At nearly 31y.o. I can't see him changing his batting style...

  • daSaj on March 30, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    @PaddyRasta. He retired from T20I years ago, trust me, its not to get in the Australian team

  • Chris_P on March 30, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Actually, Ganguly might have pulled of a bit of coup here, and long term it may benefiot Indian cricket. While Clarke is not the explosive batsman others have named here, what he will bring to Pune is the mental strength, preparation of being a cricketer. He is a fantastic role model & leader for youngsters. The NSW team have benefited greatly with his influence with the younger players in getting the best of their talents in the most productive way. It is well known in Aust fc how much respect the young guys have for him, both form NSW & other states. It's one of the reasons so many of the NSW youngsters have stepped up to International cricket, one of the reasons, not the only one. He is someone youngsters aspire to follow and train & play hard for. His impact will be more than what his scores will show, of that I am 100% certain. Perhaps Saurav knows more than he is letting on.........

  • kensohatter on March 29, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Disappointing. Thought the Australian captain was one of the few players able to put country honours ahead of money. IPL and similiar 20/20 tournaments are destroying the traditions of the game and im appauled more people cant see that.

  • PaddyRasta on March 29, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Maybe he wants to prove some form to the Aussie selectors in time for the 20TI World Cup or it could just be that he wants to end up in a Bollywood movie and become a real star. Lol

  • here2rock on March 29, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Both Ganguly and Clarke should not be in Pune's side. They are a total waste only playing for money.

  • on March 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Clarke is not suitable candidate for T20 Format.Pune should spend their money on valuable T20 Players....They must have strong+reliable+hitters (3 in 1) players like Gayle,Pollard-Somehow reliable,MccuLum,David Hussey,Brad Hodge,David Warner n BLAH BLAH BLAH.....

  • bubbageil on March 29, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Not really happy about it but he'll be a good acquisition for Pune. He's a fantastic leader.

  • on March 30, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    pune worrirers now storng batting line up after comes clark . clark is mature player

  • on March 30, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    finally ....clarke has succumbed to the lure of making big bucks.......

  • zenboomerang on March 30, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    This is obviously a marketing decision by Pune Warriors as there is a TV & advertising value in having Clarke in their team regardless of form & stats... Clarkes T20 career has been mediocre - average @21 / s.r. @103 & wouldn't make the current Oz team... Bailey @36 / M Huss @39 / Wade @38 / D Huss @25 / Watson @27 / Warner @25 - all have better strike rates & Clarkes needs to be @125+ to be of any value to a team... As for Clarkes bowling @37.5 / econ @8.65 - it makes David Huss @19.1 / econ @6.34 look like Murali... Obviously the BBL has helped him change his decision, but would he get a gig in Oz as his asking price would be a waste of money for such an average batsman?... At nearly 31y.o. I can't see him changing his batting style...

  • daSaj on March 30, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    @PaddyRasta. He retired from T20I years ago, trust me, its not to get in the Australian team

  • Chris_P on March 30, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Actually, Ganguly might have pulled of a bit of coup here, and long term it may benefiot Indian cricket. While Clarke is not the explosive batsman others have named here, what he will bring to Pune is the mental strength, preparation of being a cricketer. He is a fantastic role model & leader for youngsters. The NSW team have benefited greatly with his influence with the younger players in getting the best of their talents in the most productive way. It is well known in Aust fc how much respect the young guys have for him, both form NSW & other states. It's one of the reasons so many of the NSW youngsters have stepped up to International cricket, one of the reasons, not the only one. He is someone youngsters aspire to follow and train & play hard for. His impact will be more than what his scores will show, of that I am 100% certain. Perhaps Saurav knows more than he is letting on.........

  • kensohatter on March 29, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Disappointing. Thought the Australian captain was one of the few players able to put country honours ahead of money. IPL and similiar 20/20 tournaments are destroying the traditions of the game and im appauled more people cant see that.

  • PaddyRasta on March 29, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Maybe he wants to prove some form to the Aussie selectors in time for the 20TI World Cup or it could just be that he wants to end up in a Bollywood movie and become a real star. Lol

  • here2rock on March 29, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Both Ganguly and Clarke should not be in Pune's side. They are a total waste only playing for money.

  • on March 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Clarke is not suitable candidate for T20 Format.Pune should spend their money on valuable T20 Players....They must have strong+reliable+hitters (3 in 1) players like Gayle,Pollard-Somehow reliable,MccuLum,David Hussey,Brad Hodge,David Warner n BLAH BLAH BLAH.....

  • bubbageil on March 29, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Not really happy about it but he'll be a good acquisition for Pune. He's a fantastic leader.

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 29, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    I think Clarke realized club cricket is also equally important. I hope he brings something to the Warriors' table. He isn't known for explosive hitting. Hmm.. Ganguly must know something we don't. I hope he has a good IPL.

  • mahesh8811 on March 29, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    we will find out who can play and who can't when the match begins.....

  • dsig3 on March 29, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    He is at the top of his game. I am sure he will do well. I hope he stays healthy, but you cant deny the man a chance to make some more money after putting the country first in previous years.

  • satish619chandar on March 29, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Is Clarke overreacting on his form in ODIs? With his current body, we could have well used the time for rest as he is not the kind of T20 player.. Though he is a good leader and can serve as one in future for Pune and his bowling and fielding will surly add up too.. He should be opening along with Dada and setup it for middle order.. Now the big hitters like Manish and Uthappa can play their own game with stable guys around them..

  • Hyderabadi_Nawab on March 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    This is ridiculous, Clarke's injury-prone and he now goes and signs up for the IPL. He should be actually cutting back on ODI's and concentrating on getting the Aussies back to #1 in Tests. I thought this pup was different but looks like he's gone to dogs as well!

  • Bruisers on March 29, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    CLARKE is a big player. YES he can score quickly and is in good form too.. But guys like TAMIM and SAMUELS are a waste.. Mark my words- even if they get a chance, they will fail miserably..

  • on March 29, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Hope he performs well under Dada's captaincy..

  • Stevo_ on March 29, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    IPL is a joke and a waste of time

  • on March 29, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    it will be a boost to the warriors

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on March 29, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    @rspsolo --- for your kind infomation --- Another one is Tamim Iqbal --- whose bat knocked India out of World cup in 2007 ---- and very recently his bat did the talking by knocking India out of Asia cup. I'm Dada's fan -- whatever Dada does, I support.

  • line.and.length on March 29, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    all of you ingnorant people... maybe it will be good for Clarke and ultimately the Aust team for him to get some batting practice and exposure in Indian conditions, nothing wrong with him wanting to improve as a player..... and maybe if the BCCI was serious about India being "real" world beaters then maybe they would allow their players to play abroad as well...

  • daSaj on March 28, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    It is a pity that his resistance to playing in the IPL has ended, although it shouldn't affect his Australian form because the team has a break of around a month before the tour of England and Ireland; after the IPL. So good luck to him and somebody tell him to come and play in the BBL

  • CaptainKool on March 28, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    So he doesn't have problem with T20 I guess now. Anyways good to see this inclusion and love to see lots of people supporting Tamim here.

  • Vilander on March 28, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    i think there will be lots of Bangla support for Pune...Dada,Tamim..

  • Vilander on March 28, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Clarke will captain then....interesting..

  • on March 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    i am a fan of him but don't think he meets the demand of t20 cricket neither he is captain and rightly no one better than Ganguly and he isn't available for full season i think pPune could have found better choices and also as they were allowed outside auction pool (some better in auction pool ) but everything said and done hope for a good show from him i was impressed by him when he was smashing us (ndia) everywhere during the summer and many times before in his carrer to and even more during his captaincy stint

  • fguy on March 28, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    so it wasnt so much a principle thing as a money thing. ha, double standards. how much ever they are paying him he's not worth it. remember ponting's run with kkr, he's going to end up the same way.

  • on March 28, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    tamim is a gud player but pune have too many openers here.... clarke is gud player and reason for this selection is he can bowl good left arm spin and this will allow pune to field an extra batsman

  • on March 28, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    pune should need to take a aggressive decesion..yes that is tamim sign in

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on March 28, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    hahaha. so, clarke doesnt want to "concentrate on australia" now? he wants the moolah? the IPL isnt a bad infection any more? how hypocritical...

  • rspsolo on March 28, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Anyways those who are all pune and dada fan should welcome the Aus capt Clarke. Keep on hope he will be play like as an aggressive and score fast. Left arm spin bowling should be helpful.... Surely he will be save 10 to 15 runs... awesome fielder. Who is another one...??????

  • on March 28, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    clarke and pune again....WOW..I REMEMBER WATCHING CLARKE HITTING A 50 IN PUNE ON 3 NOVEMBER 2003....NOW CLARKE IS BACK....

  • yasir08 on March 28, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    wana knw who is next to sign??..y dey dnt try gud alroundrz.??daren sammy or dwayne smith..misin out dis playerz is costly..

  • on March 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    U dnt need Big names in T20 cricket.....u just need firing players with good strike rate...tamim or for that matter Michael Klinger wood have been a good choice instead of Clark...

  • on March 28, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    @Asiman Kumar Panda. Kevin Obrien, Paul Stirling, Ed Lucas etc are most probably on the radar of Andy Flower to play for the international team of England! How else England can keep the top ranking in cricket!

  • on March 28, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    i am disapoint bcoz i thought tamim was taken.but still they thinking abot it.also clarke was taken who is not suitable for this format.pune may take guptil/kevin o.brien with tamim .they taking some player which are unexperience about condition of sub-continent.where tamim is a master here.but they still thinking about him.i am shocked.i think tamim shoudn't play in pune........................

  • on March 28, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    a good deal.....they need experience in case Dada is not able to play....

  • on March 28, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    for all those saying clarke a test player check his stats of cb series though not a good t-20 player but very xprncd and such players know well how to adapt to any format of the game

  • on March 28, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    lol.....Clarke is an average T20 player who refused to play in internationals for Australia and in BBL, knowing his incapability, He is nowhere near to Yuvraj....

  • on March 28, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    pls for god sake buy steven finn.......

  • yasir08 on March 28, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    try get d sammy dn da team is balancd..dn da cld be..1.rydr/smith/wright 2.ganguly 3.clarke/samuels 4.pandey 5.uthappa 6. Mathews 7.d sammy 8.r sharma 9.nehra 10.dinda 11.murtaza..one of da best team..two gud alroundrz(mathews and sammy),othr than dis two indian pacerz(dinda n nehra),two gud spinerz(sharma n murtaza)..middle ordr is gud,openerz r gud..total team is balancd..

  • Vivian_Richard on March 28, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Clarke has done reasonably well against Indian bowlers in the past. If players like Kallis, Dravid and Hussey can make the switch. Clarke.. Why not?

  • gyananayakbhubneswr on March 28, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    we don't need clarke in pune,he's not a t20 type player..total waste of money,kevin o'brein is far better than him.there are also some quality players but why clarke.

  • on March 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Remember, a player who plays test cricket very well can play any format..cz they have good knowledge about cricket....Examples are Kallis, Dravid, Ganguly, Amla etc..

  • class9ryan on March 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Tamim should b added. he's surely better than d slow Graeme Smith or d inconsistent Jesse Ryder. and indian conditions would suit him. Surely Michael Clarke is no waste of money. Remember when quit T20 he had 2 work on footwork and shot making. He's now a better player and would not surprise if he opens either.

  • mrcool on March 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Robin uthappa is more explosive batsman compared to tamim iqbal..Why pune not using him is opener and wasting money on other foreign players.

  • on March 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Mark my words - a HUGE waste of money. Players like Kevin O' Brien, Paul Stirling etc are left unsold, and 'TEST' cricketers are being called up with such huge amounts of money. Pune are missing a trick here.

  • on March 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Clarke might suprise everyone here... Could b a good choice for Pune as they need a solid middle order batsman.

  • sshailesh on March 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    instead of TAMIN pune should go for MARTIN GUPTIL....he has good T 20 record....!!

  • sajalchy on March 28, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    i think clarcke is a bad choice....cos' he will miss the first 9 matches due to WI tour

  • unlocker on March 28, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    tamim is best .pls dada u can join tamim to your team

  • on March 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Clarke is signed as a replacement for Yuvraj Singh.

  • manikandansethu on March 28, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Warriors are signing many players with international standards.. it will be very difficult to select the playing 11... hope DADA works a lot in it..

  • Andytheman on March 28, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Why dont u guys try for Zim Brendon Taylor/ WI Phil Simmons...they r gud young players for this format

  • on March 28, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Why not Darren Sammy or Garey Mathurin ? Both are good all rounders. Mathurin could indeed be someone like Ashwin for CSK or Malinga for MI.

  • British-Bangali on March 28, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    I Think TAMIM would make a great signing for Pune not because I am a Bangladeshi fan just because he is the second most form batsman in Asia behind Virat. I just think you can't go wrong look at Notts they are T20 champs and needed a quality player to replace Hussey and Tamim did that with ease. Dada do what is in your heart GO FOR TAMIM.

  • Avi56 on March 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    A person who gave up a lucrative T20 career to focus on Test Cricket is indeed A true cricketer....For clarke its the commitment to the game.... And Pune really need players like him.....Clarke is a gentleman of Cricket...because ppl are giving up longer formats to focus on shorter one but he is committed to do the other way

  • MarufHhossain on March 28, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    PUNE WARRIORS MUST NEED TAMIM IQBAL COS HE IS A DASHING OPENER HARD HITTING BATSMEN.SO I THINK TAMIM MUST NEED FOR PUNE WARRIORS.

  • jonesy2 on March 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    huge coup for them. even if he wont be able to play all he tournament. not every day you get the best batsman in the world on your side

  • RandyOZ on March 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    It is understandable that they want the best batsman on Earth right now.

  • frozendilemma on March 28, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Paul Stirling is also another explosive player...

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on March 28, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    I think it was a case of sour grapes for Clarke before. He had said he was not going to be playing T20 and wanted to focus on test cricket. Now he is getting a good deal with an IPL team and suddenly all has changed. Anyways he is not suited for T20 especially with respect to his strike rate, type of batting and bad back.

  • Surajrises on March 28, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal will be a good addition to the team but Clarke will again cause a downfall just like his guru Punter who again was playing under Dada. Only god knows why is Dada opting for a stupid player(in T20) like Clarke.

  • on March 28, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    clarke is an excellent cricketer but for t20 he is not one off my best player. but ..having a player like michael clarke in your side is a really positive sign for any team!! and yeas they should go with tamim too !!!

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 28, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Clarke is not even the best odi batsmen going around.........why is there so much desperation to get him is bewildering....

  • on March 28, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Warriors should get tamim as he will be available for full season

  • rishabh004 on March 28, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Clarke experience and form will be handy in second half of ipl

  • Tuhin466 on March 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    I don't think clark is the ideal person in this format.

  • on March 28, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    I heard Clarke saying he does not want to take part in BBL in order to concentrate on test and wanna be remembered as a great test player. Now why this sudden volt-face?

  • sifter132 on March 28, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Good signs for Clarke really. If he is seeking more cricket it means his back and hamstring are good.

  • on March 28, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    He is in form and would be a good addition to Pune (PWD)

  • TheBlackMonk on March 28, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Good decision by Pune considering Tamim for the team. He's certainly an explosive batsman and with the proper nurture from a great mentor like Ganguly, it is very much possible to bring out the best from him. It will be a win-win deal for both as Tamim requires more 20/20 experience ahead of T20 WC and Pune can seal it in cheap.

  • on March 28, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Ganguly, dont miss Tamim Iqbal. Imagine what an explosive opening pair you and Tamim will make !

  • 9ST9 on March 28, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    so much so for all the talk of Clarke saying no to T20 Cricket, and all the praise heaped upon him for that - wouldn't be surprised if the England players who also say they are not interested in IPL also eventually change their minds - money speaks and there's no denying it.

  • HawK89 on March 28, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Very good at managing his bowlers and field settings, would be a great player just by captaining it alone. The way hes been scoring recently, He can be a good T20 player.

  • on March 28, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    He is a great cricket and can fit an any form of the game, He is a master of stroke making.

  • on March 28, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    We are all Bangladeshi are hoping that Tamim will be playing this IPL at last. He is great touch now. On his day he can win the match for Pune. I think he is much better player than Clerk in T20 GAME.

  • rko_rules on March 28, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Why not Ireland's Kevin 'o Brien?

  • Brdmara on March 28, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    if clarke joins pune warriors pune will have chance of winning da IPL 2012 butb now its impossilble becuz YUVI isn't playin

  • on March 28, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    we want confirmation on TAMIM !!! :S besides, adding TAMIM to the pune team, will give it a HUGE fan following from Bangladesh !!

  • Claydo78 on March 28, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    What a joke! Before being named captain this bloke said he wasn't playing the ipl because he wanted to concentrate on test cricket for Australia, now that's he is captain and the new golden boy of Australian cricket the old rule doesn't apply! Clarke has had hamstring and back injuries all in the last 2 months and now is going to make things worse by playing more cricket! This is the worst decision of clarkes career, his bank balance will increase but he just shortened his career by 18 months!

  • CheeseOnAStick on March 28, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    I have to say I'm a little disappointed at reading this. I would think that with his back problem(s) that he would rest up rather than play meaningless T20 cricket.

  • on March 28, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    best of luck pune..... waiting to see Dada and Tamim playing in the same team :)

  • Meety on March 27, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    This is where a gazillion comments come in along the lines of "Clarker can't..."

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  • Meety on March 27, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    This is where a gazillion comments come in along the lines of "Clarker can't..."

  • on March 28, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    best of luck pune..... waiting to see Dada and Tamim playing in the same team :)

  • CheeseOnAStick on March 28, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    I have to say I'm a little disappointed at reading this. I would think that with his back problem(s) that he would rest up rather than play meaningless T20 cricket.

  • Claydo78 on March 28, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    What a joke! Before being named captain this bloke said he wasn't playing the ipl because he wanted to concentrate on test cricket for Australia, now that's he is captain and the new golden boy of Australian cricket the old rule doesn't apply! Clarke has had hamstring and back injuries all in the last 2 months and now is going to make things worse by playing more cricket! This is the worst decision of clarkes career, his bank balance will increase but he just shortened his career by 18 months!

  • on March 28, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    we want confirmation on TAMIM !!! :S besides, adding TAMIM to the pune team, will give it a HUGE fan following from Bangladesh !!

  • Brdmara on March 28, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    if clarke joins pune warriors pune will have chance of winning da IPL 2012 butb now its impossilble becuz YUVI isn't playin

  • rko_rules on March 28, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Why not Ireland's Kevin 'o Brien?

  • on March 28, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    We are all Bangladeshi are hoping that Tamim will be playing this IPL at last. He is great touch now. On his day he can win the match for Pune. I think he is much better player than Clerk in T20 GAME.

  • on March 28, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    He is a great cricket and can fit an any form of the game, He is a master of stroke making.

  • HawK89 on March 28, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Very good at managing his bowlers and field settings, would be a great player just by captaining it alone. The way hes been scoring recently, He can be a good T20 player.