Aaron Finch Responds To Michael Clarke's Australia "sucking up" to Virat Kohli Comment
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Aaron Finch Responds To Michael Clarke’s Australia “sucking up” to Virat Kohli Comment

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch (Credits: Twitter)

Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has expressed his surprise over Micheal Clarke’s comments regarding Australian players’ behaviour against India during the 2018-19 Test series. India had won the four-match series 2-1. It was India’s first-ever Test series win on Australian soil.

A few weeks ago, the former Australia skipper raised a number of eyebrows by saying that the Australian players were too scared to sledge Indian stars especially Virat Kohli for fear it could jeopardise their contracts in the lucrative IPL.

He had gone as far as saying that his compatriots ‘sucked up’ to Virat Kohli and India to protect their million dollar IPL deals. Clarke said that the fear of saving their IPL deals made Australian cricket ‘soft’.

“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 had said.

Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke (Credits: Twitter)

Aaron Finch’s reaction:

Unsurprisingly, Clarke’s comments did not go down well with a number of Australian cricketers and they made that clear. The likes of Tim Paine and Pat Cummins dismissed Clarke’s comments and Aaron Finch has also echoed the same sentiments.

“They were obviously not being nice to impress because they wanted an IPL contract. There is nothing about it. If you ask anyone playing on the field they will tell you that it was very very tough. It was played in right spirit but it was very tough. Not sure where it was coming from.”

“The team was going through a transition and there were a lot of players trying to find their way in international cricket and doing that against India. Talking as a batsman, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, you can’t hide against that kind of attack.”

“Micheal told we were being nice but people were just trying to find their own game, they were trying best way to play Test cricket. But everyone is entitle to their views, he might have seen something from the outside which we didn’t see from inside,”  Aaron Finch told Sports Tak.

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