“I disagree that Virat doesn’t have too many fans in Australia. I think Virat has a lot of Australian spirit in him,” said Clarke, who was in the city to promote Tourism Australia. “To be honest, he plays the game really tough and is really competitive on the field, but he is a nice guy off the field. So when people get to know Virat, they realize that what they see on the field is just his competitive spirit. I can’t think of any Australian cricketer who wasn’t like that every time we walked out on the field. I certainly think there is respect for Virat in Australia.
“You probably are not going to read the positive stuff (about Virat) in the Australian media though. They all want to write a negative story. But I have a great relation with him and I think he is respectful,” he added.
The Australian media and some of the current players may not waste any opportunity to criticize Virat Kohli, but Michael Clarke thinks highly of the the Indian captain.
The former Aussie captain feels the Indian batting stalwart is often misunderstood for his on-field antics, especially in Australia, but acknowledges that he also has enough number of fans Down Under.