Michael Clarke has an opportunity to surpass the run scoring feats of Australia batting greats Don Bradman and Greg Chappell during their first Test against India in Chennai.
Clarke is also in line to outperform a third icon, Ricky Ponting, for most runs at parallel stages of their Test careers, News.com.au reports.
Bradman is revered as cricket's greatest batsman after plundering 6996 runs at 99.94, but Clarke (6989) will officially go past The Don with just two boundaries at MA Chidambaram Stadium, it reported.
In the process, Clarke could then leapfrog the majestic Chappell (7110 at 53.86) into ninth spot on Australia's Test run scoring list by scoring 122 in the series opener, a realistic feat given the skipper's red-hot form, the paper said.
Clarke enjoyed a domineering 2012, blasting 1595 runs at 106.33, but there are concerns the could be burdened by leading a team in India without Ponting and Mike Hussey, the paper added.
But Australian coach Mickey Arthur said Clarke has never been more driven to succeed as he looks to rubber-stamp his greatness by rocketing past Bradman and Chappell in his 90th Test.
Ponting, Australia's greatest Test runscorer, is also under threat from the Clarke run avalanche, as after 90 Tests, the Tasmanian had compiled 7062 runs at 55.61 with 22 centuries.
Clarke needs a further 74 runs in Chennai to be more prolific than Ponting at the same stage of their careers, and the captain said he wants to make sure he is scoring runs and leading from the front. (ANI)