Former India opener Virendar Sehwag claimed that the Aussies players restrained themselves from sledging the Indian players during the recently concluded ODI series 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,” Sehwag told India TV.
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,” he added.
“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,” he said.
Sehwag also said the ‘brain fade’ incident might have kept the Australians quiet this time. “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,” he concluded.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com