Michael Clarke might not be in the good books of everyone, but, you will have to admit that he has been one of the most courageous characters in World Cricket in the recent years.
To go through a hamstring operation, a major one mind you, to make a comeback after that and then, to go on and play a match winning innings in the World Cup final, it’s not easy, not easy for anyone at any age, certainly not for somebody who is into his thirties.
But, Clarke did that, against all the odds, surprising almost everyone and that’s why, at the end of the World Cup, even his critics were quietly clapping for him.
The challenge that was in front of Clarke was enormously difficult both physically and mentally.
He was given a deadline, he had to train at least 6 hours every day without any certainty that he would be there playing in the World Cup for Australia.
He was named in the squad yes, but, the failure in the fitness test that had to be conducted after the first England game would have resulted in him being ruled out.
But, not only did he pass the fitness test and get his captaincy back, he found his form straightaway too.