Former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke has already started off a new innings as a television commentator, having bid the sport goodbye as a player a little under two years ago at the age of 34. However, it is never too late to start something even newer in life, which in Clarke's case could be something as simple as driving an auto-rickshaw on the streets of Bengaluru in India.
The 2015 World Cup-winning captain, who represented his country in 115 Tests and 245 One-day Internationals (ODIs) in a career spanning 12 years, is currently in India as a commentator for the ongoing four-Test series between India and Australia. With the visitors recording a one-sided victory in the first Test in Pune, and with the second match in Bengaluru just around the corner, Clarke was seen acclimatising himself to the host city for the second Test in a rather unusual manner.
In the video below, which the person in question shared on his official Facebook page, an auto-rickshaw driver is seen tutoring Clarke on handling the vehicle. Instructions such as: "This is the accelerator" can be heard in the video, with Clarke revving the engine up before setting off for a lap.
Clarke added that it was "nice to be back in Bengaluru where it all started". It was in the first Test of the series against India in Bengaluru back in 2004 that Clarke made his debut, slamming 151 in his very first innings. He made that edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy his breakthrough series, and went on to score two half-centuries in the third Test in Nagpur, before recording figures of 6/9 in the final match in Mumbai.
His personal experiences aside, Clarke's Facebook page is also a destination for one to catch the analyses of the latest cricket events, the former cricketer having started the activity from the outset of this Australian summer.
Australia take on India in the second Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, having crushed the hosts by 333 runs in the first Test in Pune. On a dry track that started to crack open right from the very first day, the Steve Smith-led visitors opted to bat first, and were guided by half-centuries from Matt Renshaw and Mitchell Starc to a competitive 260. However, it was a heroic century by skipper Smith in the second innings, as well as Steve O'Keefe's Man of the Match-winning haul of 12/70 that ultimately sealed the game in the tourists' favour.
Published Date: Mar 02, 2017 11:59 am | Updated Date: Mar 02, 2017 12:02 pm