Former Australian captain Michael Clarke said that Indian Premier League (IPL) had played a significant part to change the aggressive behaviour of Australian cricketers towards Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team.
Australian cricket team which dominated around the world witnessed that Virat Kohli is more aggressive against the Australians in the field. He often sees them as their hardest competition.
But Clarke believes that his countrymen don’t show much competitiveness or aggressiveness against Virat Kohli. The former captain said that IPL is a big reason behind the change of Australian’s attitude.
As it is evident, IPL is a lucrative league, and the players are offered a hefty amount during the auctions. In the IPL 2020, Pat Cummins became the most expensive player in IPL history. He bagged INR 15 crore from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). So, according to Clarke, the financial part of the Indian league is restraining Australians to show their actual attitude. He even said that Australian players were too scared to sledge Virat Kohli because they knew they have to play with Indians in April.
“Everybody knows how powerful India is in regards to the financial part of the game, internationally or domestically with the IPL,” Clarke was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
“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.”
“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’.”
I feel like that’s where Australia went through that little phase where our cricket becomes a little bit softer or not as hard as we’re accustomed to seeing,” he said.
Meanwhile, this year’s cash-rich league is under the threat of cancellation because of the pandemic. Earlier, it was scheduled to start from 29th March, but now it has been postponed till 15th April. And, there are chances that the date may be further extended.