Former England captain Michael Vaughan said cricket has gone quite friendly between international players because of their involvement in different T20 leagues across the globe.
Since the IPL was invented in 2008, many countries have come with their own franchise-based tournaments, which provide opportunities for overseas cricketers not only to earn a huge sum of profit but also connect with the local players of that particular league.
I like a bit of heat and so far the Indian side have coped with the heat better than England: Michael Vaughan
Recently in the second Test between India and England at Lord’s, few heated moments took place on the field with players of both sides engaged in words of exchange.
India skipper Virat Kohli was vocal while India were defending their target of 272 and after every England wicket went down, the captain celebrated vehemently.
Vaughan said that India has coped with the heat in a better way and pointed that since the Indian captain isn’t scoring enough runs in the series he still remains in the spotlight through his acts.
“I do look at Test cricket, cricket, in general, I sometimes think it has gone quite friendly these days because they all play in these franchise teams around the world, they all know each other a lot more than we did in our days. I like a bit of heat and so far the Indian side have coped with the heat better than the England side,” Vaughan said on Cricbuzz.
“India, no question. Sometimes Virat Kohli brings in the tension on himself, you know he likes the spotlight on himself, he’s not getting the runs at the minute so the spotlight is still on Virat Kohli because of the way he acts, the way that he gets the team going,” he added.
Michael Vaughan decodes Virat Kohli’s on-field message to his players
Indian bowlers did the unthinkable task of bowling out England for 120 inside 60 overs to win the match by 151 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the series. Vaughan analysed Kohli’s aggression and interpreted the captain’s message to his team at Lord’s.
“I thought his speech, of him, saying to his fielders and his team on that last day at Lord’s, ‘make it hell for 60 overs, I don’t want you smiling at the England players’ – it’s the best message and it’s exactly how you should play high-level sport,” Vaughan said.
“ You’re up against an England side in their own backyard, give them nothing. You know, why would you smile at them, why would you be nice to them on the pitch. Off the field, shake hands do whatever you wish,” he added.
India and England will start the third Test at Headingley on Wednesday (August 25).