Melbourne: Australian cricketers had been so eager on defending their profitable IPL offers that they felt “scared” of sledging India captain Virat Kohli and his teammates throughout a selected interval and as an alternative “sucked up” to them, former skipper Michael Clarke has claimed.
India and Australia have had some memorable bilateral duels however Clarke felt that each time the Australians would face India, their eyes could be educated on the cash-rich league which is performed in April-May yearly.
“Everybody knows how powerful India are in regards to the financial part of the game, internationally or domestically with the IPL,” Clarke informed Big Sports Breakfast.
“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,” the World Cup successful Australian skipper mentioned dropping a bombshell.
Clarke believes that a few of Australia’s ruthless on-field character received compromised as a result of the top-10 attracts on the IPL auctions gave an impression that they might by no means sledge Kohli.
“Name a list of ten players and they are bidding for these Australian players to get into their IPL team,” he mentioned.
“The gamers had been like: ‘I’m not going to sledge Kohli, I would like him to decide me for Bangalore so I could make my USD 1 million for my six weeks’.
“I feel like that’s where Australia went through that little phase where our cricket become a little bit softer or not as hard as we’re accustomed to seeing,” Clarke mentioned in regards to the time after the ball-tampering scandal when phrases like “Elite honesty” had been propagated.
India and Australia have at all times loved a fiery on-field chemistry with the 2 groups participating in lots of verbal wars prior to now, which embrace the excursions of Down Under in 2007-08 and 2018.
The notorious ‘Monkey gate’ in 2008 is taken into account the bottom level between the 2 powerhouses.