Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has claimed that Australian cricketers were keen on protecting their massive Indian Premier League (IPL) deals that they felt scared of sledging Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his teammates during a short period and instead sucked up to them.
The legendary batsman felt that whenever the Australians would face India, their aim would be on IPL which is played every year between April-May.
“Everybody knows how powerful India are in regards to the financial part of the game, globally and domestically with the IPL,” Clarke told to a radio channel.
“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,” he added.
Clarke further said a number of Indian superstars like Kohli and Rohit Sharma were captains of their IPL teams and thus Australian players did not want to sledge them as they will draft them in their sides.
“Name a list of ten players and they are bidding for these Australian players to get into their IPL team,” he 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 $1 million US for my six weeks,” he maintained.
According to 39-year-old, this behavior of the Australian cricketers took away the ruthless nature that compromised the country’s style of play.
“I feel like that’s where Aussies went through that little phase where our cricket become a little bit softer or not as hard as we’re accustomed to seeing,” he added.