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Laxman, Srikkanth slam Clarke's 'ridiculous' comments over sucking up to Kohli
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Laxman, Srikkanth slam Clarke's 'ridiculous' comments over sucking up to Kohli

Michael Clarke's claims about Australian players ‘sucking up’ to India and Virat Kohli to secure lucrative contracts in the Indian Premier League are ridiculous, say VVS Laxman and Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

Clarke made comments last week about Aussies being too scared to sledge Indian skipper Virat Kohli or other players as they wanted to earn big money in the world’s richest T20 tournament.

'I'm not going to sledge Kohli, I want him to pick me for Bangalore so I can make my $1 million for my six weeks", Clarke said on Sky Racing television.

"Just by being nice to someone doesn't get you a place in IPL," VVS Laxman, an advisor to the Sunrisers Hyderabad team told Star Sports.

Laxman added that sides take a closer look at a “player's calibre and value" to win matches under high pressure moments.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth, a former India captain and chief selector, said: "You do not win matches just by sledging.”

"His statement was ridiculous I would say," he went on to say.

"If you ask Nasser Hussain or Sir Vivian Richards – who are experienced players – you can never score runs or get wickets through sledging."

Australia captain Tim Paine also rejected Clarke’s comments on going easy at Virat Kohli or any other cricketer.

"I certainly didn't notice too many people being that nice to Virat or not trying to get him out or anything like that," Paine had told ESPNcricinfo.

"I thought everyone who had the ball in their hand or when we were batting were trying their absolute best to win the game for Australia."

The Aussies had attracted big amount in this year’s IPL with Pat Cummins snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping INR 15.5 crore, which made it the most expensive overseas purchase in the history of IPL.

The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League has officially been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, the BCCI confirmed on Thursday.