File image of Pat Cummins and Virat Kohli.(File)
File image of Pat Cummins and Virat Kohli.(File)

‘Probably a bigger factor was...’: Pat Cummins gives his take on Michael Clarke’s ‘sucking up to Kohli’ remark

Speaking on the remarks, Cummins said that the players were probably more concerned about the team’s image in the aftermath of sandpapergate scandal.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2020 12:45 PM IST

Australia vice-captain Pat Cummins on Sunday said that the players were playing ‘less aggressively’ during India’s 2018-19 tour because of the repercussions of the ball-tampering incident, and not because they were trying to maintain friendly relations with the Indian players. Cummins’ response came after former Aussie captain Michael Clarke’s recently suggested that the players were scared to sledge India because of IPL, and hence, “sucked up” to Kohli & his team.

Speaking on the remarks, Cummins said that the players were probably more concerned about the team’s image in the aftermath of sandpapergate scandal.

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“I think probably a bigger factor was six months before leading into that Indian series the media and everyone commentating on the Aussie cricket team were pretty clear in their direction in the way they wanted the Aussies team to go and that was playing a little bit less aggressively out on the field,” he said.

“I’d say that would have been a bigger factor than trying to win or lose friends out on the cricket field. But you never know, that might have been a factor for some players,” he further added.

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Last week, Clarke, in an interview on Big Sports Breakfast, said: “Everybody knows how powerful India are in regards to the financial part of the game, internationally or domestically with the IPL.”

“I feel that Australian cricket, and probably every other team over a little period, went the opposite and actually sucked up to India. They were too scared to sledge Kohli or the other Indian players because they had to play with them in April,” he added.

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