Aussies didn’t sledge for IPL contracts, says Sehwag

The former India opener believes the Steve Smith-led side refrained from banter in the recently concluded ODI series to be in fray for the auctions next year.

Sehwag also observed that the Australian team is overtly dependent on Steve Smith and David Warner.   -  BHAGYA PRAKASH K.

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 the hosts won 4-1.

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“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,” Sehwag told a television channel.

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

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“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.