Former Australian captain Michael Clarke believes that the Aussies may be too scared to sledge at Virat Kohli and the team because of their IPL contracts.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke thinks that the Australian team performed ‘softer’ than usual when the team plays against India. Based on his opinion, the Aussies act that way to protect their Indian Premier League contracts.
Australia lost their Test series against India with a final standing of 2-1. During those games, both Steve Smith and David Warner were not present in the game. As per Clarke, there was a phase in those days where the rest of the players were too scared to sledge against Virat Kohli and the rest of the boys. This was because of the reason that they’ll play with them in April for the IPL.
‘If Kohli is the captain in the IPL, Rohit Sharma is the captain in the IPL, you know, name a list of ten players, they are bidding for these Australian players to get into their IPL team. So the players are like, "well, I'm not going to sledge Kohli, I want him to pick me for (Royal Challengers) Bangalore, so I can make, you know, a million US (dollars) for my six weeks"', Clarke explained.
What Clarke regarded as a different and non-aggressive approach was then described by Kohli as respect. Kohli also stated how IPL has done so much in connection with how the players respect one another in the field.
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