The 31-year-old is among the best in the business & would be adding value & glamour to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Pune Warriors Indias largest buy of the season, Australias Check & ODI captain Michael Pup Clarke, has arrived.
He took the London route on the way out of the Caribbean.
Clarke, who led Australia to a 2-0 Check series win in the West Indies a few days ago, reached Bhubaneswar on Monday afternoon, after an overnight stay in New Delhi.
Clarke is, understandably, jet-lagged & the game against the Chargers is at four pm, when it will be oven-like... Finally, it could be left to Clarke to choose, but nobody would like a less than 100 per-cent fit player on the park, a well-placed source told The Telegraph.
But while Clarke has touched down in time for Tuesdays face-off against the Deccan Chargers, in Cuttack, his IPL debut may be put on hold till the home match, versus the Mumbai Indians, on Thursday.
Captain Sourav Ganguly, apparently, is keen that Clarke takes the field, more so because hes been in the thick of action & isnt coming off either an injury or the off-season.
Mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton, who was part of Indias 2011 World Cup-winning contingent, is expected to have a say as well.
However, even Sourav will realise that everybody must be fully in the zone, physically & in the mind, in the lead-up to what is such a vital match.
The Warriors started IPL-V with a bang, but have come apart in the last couple of games. Their work, then, is cut out.
Michael Hussey, incidentally, played for the Chennai Tremendous Kings on Monday evening. Hed been with Clarke in the West Indies.
That said, it ought to be noted that there's direct connections from London to Chennai, not so to the Odisha capital.
Hussey managed no over 18, though.
For now, at least.
Yuvraj Singh, meanwhile, wont be seen in Cuttack. Hed been present at home, in the coursework of the last match (versus the Chargers), but that was a one-off.
Yuvraj desired to be with the Warriors & his franchise also desired to show that he meant a lot to them... It was an emotional coming together, last week, but there's no designs for another trip by him, the well-placed source pointed out.
It couldnt be confirmed, but it seems there's restrictions on the amount of travelling Yuvraj may do in this recovery phase.
The captaincy in the last season, which marked the Warriors debut in the IPL, had been in Yuvrajs hands.