Things to Know About Michael Klinger
If you are a fan of Cricket, then it is needless to introduce Michael Klinger. This right-handed batsman has played for Victoria, Perth Scorchers (in the BBL), St Kilda Cricket Club in Premier Cricket, joined South Australia Redbacks for the 2008–09 season, and also impressed many in the Indian Premier League as a part of Kochi Tuskers Kerala team. However, these are some of the things about him that as fans you should know. Read On!
- Michael Klinger was an Australian under-19 cricketer for three years. However, he came to the notice of sports enthusiasts when he smacked a famous century against St Kilda in the last game of the 1995-96 Melbourne grade cricket season.
- Klinger holds an undergraduate applied science degree and a Master of Business degree in Sport Management from the Deakin University.
- Klinger’s highest individual score in one-day cricket is 133 runs off 128 balls. He recorded this score on 11th December 2008 while playing for South Australia against the Tasmania Tigers.
- He holds the record of scoring most number of centuries in T20 before international debut. Additionally, Michael Klinger is the first cricketer to score three centuries in a single T20 tournament (NatWest T20 Blast in the year 2015).
- After playing in domestic cricket for years, Michael was named in Australia’s Twenty20 International (T20I) team for their series against Sri Lanka in 2017. With this, he became the oldest player for Australia to debut in a T20 International (with his age being 36 years at that time).
- Inspired by the M.A.S.H. character Maxwell Klinger, he got Maxy as his nickname.
- Michael was named the captain of South Australia Redbacks in the year 2010. He was also recognized as the State Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
- Klinger was bought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala in IPL Auction 2011 for a whopping US$ 75,000.
- It was in the year 2012 that Michael was signed by English County Cricket Club Gloucestershire as their captain and overseas player for the 2013 season.
- In March 2018, Michael announced his retirement from first-class cricket after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.