Indian former opener and the star batsman Virender Sehwag has taken a jibe at Australian cricketers, stating that the Aussies were scared of sledging Virat Kohli and the other Indian players during the recently concluded One-Day International (ODI) series due to the possibility of losing out on their lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts.
In the recently concluded 5-match ODI series against the home side, Australia were thrashed by 4-1. According to Sehwag’s theory, the Australian cricketers restrained themselves from getting involved in verbal volleys because of the fear that they might not earn mega money in the IPL auctions scheduled for next year.
“They (Australian players) are scared because of the next year’s mega IPL auctions. If they had sledged the Indian players in the ODI series, then the Indian franchise owners might think before bidding high for the Australian players. This can also be a reason for them not to get involved in sledging with their Indian counterparts,” said the outspoken former opener of Team India.
Sehwag also brought up the possibility that the much talked about “brain fade” incident that had taken place earlier this year might have kept the Australians quiet this time.
”I think the Australian team was playing under pressure because they don’t have all the great players now. Their team was dependent on two or three players — David Warner, Steve Smith and Aaron Finch. Out of these three players, Smith couldn’t do much.
“Also, I think the fair amount of criticism which Smith received due to some of his actions, including the “brain fade” moment during the Test series created pressure on them,” Sehwag said.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com