Since a long time, India and Australia’s rivalry is one of the amazing and fierce battles on the cricket field. Players from both the teams have often been seen going against each other during the exciting matches between the two quality sides. However, a big change has been observed in the attitude of the Australian cricketers after the start of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL). Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has also stated that his country players are scared too sledge Virat Kohli due to their million dollar IPL deals.
Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India registered its first-ever Test series victory in Australia where the home team was without two of their best batsmen, David Warner and Steve Smith. Clarke has mentioned that during the 2018-19 Test series, Australian cricketers feared to have a go against the Indian captain. In the IPL, many of the Indian and Australian players are part of the same franchise.
"Everybody knows how powerful India are 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 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," quoted Michael Clarke.
In the 2020 IPL auction, three of the top buys were from Australia, Pat Cummins (INR 15.50 crore), Glenn Maxwell (INR 10.75 crore) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (INR 8 crore). Clarke went on to say that the Aussie players wanted Kohli to pick them in his IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) which is a big reason for the change in their attitude.
"Name a list of ten players and they are bidding for these Australian players to get into their IPL team. 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 became a little bit softer or not as hard as we're accustomed to seeing," concluded the former Aussie captain.
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