In the aftermath of the India Australia ODI series, former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag on Tuesday said that the visitors didn’t play the sledging card with Virat Kohli and his men due to the fear of missing out on crazy money making Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts. Sehwag believes that the side lead by Steve Smith, who were outclassed 4-1 in their five-match series restricted themselves from getting involve in a verbal spat throughout the series because it keep them out from earning contracts worth Rs crores  in the IPL auction which will take place next year.

“They (Australian players) are scared because of the next year’s mega IPL auctions. 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,” Sehwag told India TV.

The historic rivalry between India and Australia has always produced unforgettable matches as the contest has always been treated as a spectacle. Battle have won and tempers have been lose whenever these sides collided with each other. Speaking about the series that came to a conclusion on Sunday in the fifth and final ODI, where Aussies were beaten with ease as India completed the chase of a not so reasonable target of 243 runs Sehwag said that the visitors were playing under pressure because they don’t have all the great players.

“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, Sehwag was quoted as saying. “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,” the 38-year-old  said.

First Published | 3 October 2017 11:59 PM
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