Adelaide: The cricket community, led by Australian legends Shane Warne and Glenn Mcgrath, were quick to heap praise on Michael Clarke for his superb hundred (128), braving an excruciating back spasm, against India on day two of the first Test on Wednesday.
The Australian skipper battled pain but went onto score his 21st Test century.
Clarke was batting on 60 on Tuesday when he temporarily retired hurt, but took injections and came back to bat.
“Well played buddy, awesome 100 @MClarke23 !!!!?,” Shane Warne wrote on tweeter on Wednesday.
“An amazing hundred by @MClarke23 Hampered by his back but still has the class to adapt his game #AUSvIND,” Glenn McGrath tweeted.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan also lauded Clarke’s efforts. “Can’t think of a better way to say Goodbye to your friend than scoring 128 @MClarke23 #AUSvIND #RIPHughesy.”
Actor Rahul Bose and senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai took to twitter saying it was both physically and psychologically a brave knock.
“A physically and psychologically brave knock. Well done, Michael Clarke. #century #champion #AUSvIND,” wrote Bose on his twitter handle.
Sardesai said it was a result of the blessings of Phillip Hughes (who died Nov 27, after being hit by a bouncer). “Michael Clarke: you deserve this one. You are blessed by your little brother above. Good on you mate!” tweeted Sardesai.