World Cup-winning skipper Michael Clarke recently criticized Australian players for ‘sucking up’ to Virat Kohli during India’s historic Test series triumph Down Under last year. Clarke accused the Aussie cricketers of refusing to go after Kohli in a bid to preserve their IPL contracts.
Responding to the damning indictment, incumbent Test captain Tim Paine has dismissed Clarke’s claims. Paine maintained that his side always prioritized winning against India and securing lucrative IPL deals was the last thing on their minds.
“I’m not sure who was going easy on him. I certainly didn’t notice too many people being that nice to Virat or not trying to get him out or anything like that. 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,” Paine told a leading cricket website.