Australians Were Scared To Sledge Virat Kohli & Co. Due To Fear Of Losing IPL Contracts: Michael Clarke
''The Australians have always been known for their aggression but it wasn't the case when they played India''.
When it comes to providing cricketers with the opportunity to earn big money, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is ahead of all other franchise-based T20I leagues.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has made some shocking revelations regarding the change of attitude in Australian cricketers towards Virat Kohli and Co. due to the fear of losing their big IPL contracts.
The Australians have always been known for their aggression but it wasn’t the case when they played India, according to Michael Clarke. He said that the Aussies were scared to sledge Virat Kohli.
“I feel that Australian cricket, and probably every other team over a little period, went the opposite and actually sucked up to India. They were too scared to sledge Kohli or the other Indian players because they had to play with them in April,” Michael Clarke said.
“The players were like: ‘I’m not going to sledge Kohli, I want him to pick me for Bangalore so I can make my USD 1 million for my six weeks,” the World Cup winning Australian skipper added.
“Everybody knows how powerful India are in regards to the financial part of the game, internationally or domestically with the IPL,” he continued.
Australian cricketers have always attracted the biggest prices during IPL auctions. The IPL 2020 auction saw Australia’s Pat Cummins emerge as the costliest overseas buy.
The Kolkata Knight Riders picked him for INR 15.5 crore, while Glenn Maxwell joined Kings XI Punjab for INR 10.75 crore.
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