Australia was ‘soft’ to Kohli & Co. feels Michael Clarke. Former Australian captain Michael Clarke feels that Australia was soft and ‘out of character’ to Kohli & Co. in the series of 2018-19.
India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2018-19 by 2-1. The marquee players Steve Smith and David Warner were not present to serve the Australian Cricket team due to imposed ban for a year.
Michael Clarke, the former captain of the side, feels that Australia was ‘soft’ and ‘sucked up’ to Kohli & Co. during the entire series. And they were too scared to go behind Kohli & Co.
The former skipper also tells the reason to behave so quite uncharacteristic. Clarke said due to the chance of getting a contract in cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Everybody knows how powerful India are in regard to the financial part of the game, internationally or domestically with the IPL. I feel that Australian Cricket and probably every other team over a little period went to the opposite and 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 (IPL).” Clarke told this to Big Sports Breakfast.
Michael Clarke gives the reason why Cricket Australia behaved so soft and uncharacteristic to India in Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
“Name a list of ten players and they are bidding for these Australian players to get into their IPL team.” Former Skipper went on to add this.
“These players were like, I’m not going to sledge Kohli, I want him to pick me up for Bangalore so I can make my $1 million dollar for my six weeks.” Michael Clarke further told this to Big Sports Breakfast.
In December last year, Pat Cummins picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders for a record huge amount INR 15.5 Cr. Thus Cummins becomes the most expensive player in the history of IPL ( overseas player).
The other notable players who fetched huge money in the auction of IPL was Glen Maxwell for INR 10.75 Cr ( Kings XI Punjab) and Nathan Coulter-Nile for INR 8 Cr to Mumbai Indians.
Michael Clarke represented Pune Warriors in 2012.
Australia was soft to Kohli & Co. feels Michael Clarke. Is Clarke right? comment on yours.