India vs Australia: Steve Smith and Co don't sledge anymore due to fear of missing IPL contracts, says Virender Sehwag

Former India opener Virender Sehwag said that Australian players are more concerned about bagging lucrative IPL deals, which prevented them from sledging their Indian counterparts

PTI, Oct, 04 2017

New Delhi: Former India opener Virender Sehwag on Tuesday said that Australian players are more concerned about bagging lucrative IPL deals during next year's auction which prevented them from sledging their Indian counterparts during the recently concluded series that hosts won 4-1.

File photo of Virender Sehwag. PTI

File photo of Virender Sehwag. PTI

"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.

Sehwag also observed that Australian team is overtly dependant on Steve Smith and David Warner, which has also put them under pressure.

"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," he said.

Published Date: Oct 04, 2017 | Updated Date: Oct 04, 2017



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