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, October 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.

Updated Date: Oct 04, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Chennai
4 3 1 0 6
2
Kolkata
5 3 2 0 6
3
Hyderabad
4 3 1 0 6
4
Punjab
4 3 1 0 6
5
Rajasthan
5 2 3 0 4
6
Mumbai
4 1 3 0 2
7
Bangalore
4 1 3 0 2
8
Delhi
4 1 3 0 2



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 5154 117
3 New Zealand 3886 102
4 Australia 4599 102
5 England 5029 97
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3763 130
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 England 2402 114
6 South Africa 2551 111