World Cup winner Michael Clarke said Australian players had sucked their Indian counterparts, especially Virat Kohli, to protect their Indian Premier League contracts.
Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch photo files (Reuters photo)
- Everyone knows how strong India is in terms of the financial part of this game: Clarke
- They are too afraid to prop Kohli or another Indian player: Clarke
- Clarke also pointed out that Australia’s approach had diminished because of the IPL contract
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke said that Australian cricket became softer than usual when the team played against India because of the players’ desire to protect their Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts.
Michael Clarke said Australia and most of the other teams in the cricket world had been sucked into India, given their place in the money-rich IPL. Clarke also went on to say that Australian players were afraid of even attacking the Virat Kohli sled.
Clarke’s comments came months after several Australian players sealed a big money contract with the Indian Premier League. Fast bowler Pat Cummins broke the record for the most expensive foreign purchase at auction when he was taken by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 15.5 crore. Glenn Maxwell ordered Rs 10.75 crore from Kings XI Punjab while Nathan Coulter-Nile was sold to Mumbai India for Rs 8 crore.
Australian limited captain Aaron Finch was sold to Kohli led by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 4.4 crore.
“Everyone knows how strong India is in terms of the financial part of the game, international or domestic with IPL,” Clarke told Big Sports Breakfast.
“I feel that Australian cricket, and maybe every other team over a short period of time, did the opposite and was really sucked into India. They were too afraid to attack the sled or other Indian players because they had to play with them in April.
“Mention the list of 10 players and they are bidding for these Australian players to enter their IPL team. The players are like: ‘I will not block Kohli, I want him to choose me for Bangalore so I can make me US $ 1 million for six my week. “
“I feel like that’s where Australia goes through a small phase where our cricket becomes a little softer or not as hard as we used to see.”
Indian captain Virat Kohli has contributed to sledge battles with Australian players in the past. In fact, during a tour of Australia in India in 2017, Kohli stopped calling Steve Smith a ‘con artist’ after the latter was found consulting the dressing room to make DRS calls.
Kohli moved from saying that the Australian player was a ‘good friend’ at the start of the series to say ‘You won’t hear me say that again’ after India took the hard-fought 2-1 series.
But in the past, there hasn’t been any major controversy involving Virat Kohli and the Australian cricket team. In fact, Kohli won the ICC Spirit of the Cricket award for his heartwarming attitude from asking British fans not to mock Steve Smith during the 2019 World Cup.