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Australian players toned down aggression to protect IPL deals: Michael Clarke
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Australian players toned down aggression to protect IPL deals: Michael Clarke

Without an iota of doubt, Australia has always dished out the most aggressive units throughout the history of the cricketing world. As if playing against a quality team was easy, Aussies were always ready to sledge the opposite players.

However, former Australia captain Michael Clarke claimed that Australian cricketers looked after their lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts by not going hard against Virat Kohli as they sucked up to him and his teammates. This way, India were given a different treatment as compared to other cricketing nations.

Clare didn’t downplay the power India holds in terms of financing of the cricketing world, but never liked the players going soft. He added that this element forced many players to stay scared of losing a lot of dollars and made his country’s cricket a little bit soft, which was opposite to Australia’s brand we are accustomed to. It is important to note that this was not the first instance of any cricketer highlighting this notion.