Michael Clarke, the Australian commentator, and the former Australian player, has recently passed out a controversial statement about his own team saying that the players were less aggressive towards Virat Kohli and Indian Cricket Team during 2018-19 because they cared about their IPL contracts.
The cash-rich league, IPL, owns many Australian players who bring the charm to their respective franchises with their bombastic performances.
A little less exceptional performance of Australians players delivered to Indian in the span between 2018-19 obsessed Michael Clarke to pass out such a statement for his fellowmen.
“Everybody knows how powerful India is in regards 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 short period, went the opposite and sucked up to India. They were too scared to sled Kohli or the other Indian players because they had to play with them in April,” Michael Clarke said during a chat show Big Sports Breakfast.
Previously, Tim Paine, the test skipper, and now, Pat Cummins, the speedster and co-voice skipper of the Australian Cricket Team, however, neglected the statement and said it is not how Clarke has defined it.
“I think probably a bigger factor was six months before leading into that Indian series the media and everyone commentating on the Aussie cricket team were pretty clear in their direction in the way they wanted the Aussies team to go, and that was playing a little bit less aggressively out on the field,” Pat Cummins said while speaking to the BBC.
“I’d say that would have been a bigger factor than trying to win or lose friends out on the cricket field. But you never know, that might have been a factor for some players,” Cummins added.