Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman turned down Michael Clarke’s contentious statement regarding sledging Virat Kohli. The former Indian cricketers said that friendliness with Indian players does not buy you an IPL contract. It is based on the caliber of a player.
"Just being nice to someone doesn't get you a place in IPL," Laxman said. "Any franchise will look at the player's caliber and value add to the team, which gives them desired results by winning matches/tournaments. These are the kind of players who get IPL contracts. So just being nice to someone will not earn you a spot in the IPL”, he added.
Clarke surprisingly mocked his own team and said that Australians refrained from sledging Kohli as they were seeking IPL contracts. Before Laxman, Australian Test captain Tim Paine and fast bowler Pat Cummins also took criticized the former Australian player’s statement.