‘Michael Clarke’s statement on sledging Indians ridiculous’: Former India cricketers
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: April 15, 2020 6:17:51 pm

VVS Laxman and Krishnamachari Srikkanth criticized Michael Clarke’s statement on cricketers having stopped sledging Indians due to the IPL. (File Photo/AFP)

Former India cricketers VVS Laxman and Krishnamachari Srikkanth disagreed with Michael Clarke on cricketers around the globe having stopped sledging Indians in order that they get profitable IPL contracts.

“His statement was ridiculous,” mentioned Srikkanth in Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connected’. Laxman, additionally agreeing with Srikkanth, mentioned IPL groups go for these gamers who can win matches and never those that are good. The former India cricketers have been talking on a tv present on Tuesday.

Laxman, who’s with the SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) staff within the IPL within the position of mentor, mentioned he can say from his experience at the IPL auctions that gamers who’re matchwinners are chosen by the groups.

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“Just by being nice to someone doesn’t get you a place in IPL. 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,” he mentioned.

Michael Clarke had precipitated a furore final week by suggesting that Australians ‘went soft’ on India. “The players were like: ‘I’m not going to sledge Kohli, I want him to pick me for Bangalore so I can make my USD 1 million for my six weeks’,” he had mentioned.

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Srikkanth, who had additionally earlier been related to SRH, mentioned Clarke’s statement was ridiculous.

He mentioned, “You do not win matches just by sledging. Aussie’s loss is a loss, his statement was ridiculous I would say. If you ask Nasser Hussain or Sir Vivian Richards who are experienced players, you can never score runs or get wickets through sledging. You need to play good cricket and showcase determination; you need to bowl well to get wickets and bat well to achieve targets.”

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