The upcoming Test series between India and Australia will surely witness some heated exchanges, considering the stakes. While Australian cricketers not involving in verbal wars as yet, former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has pointed out Australian Test captain Tim Paine as an exception for sledging since he does not participate in IPL. The four-match Test series commences on the 17th of December in Adelaide.
The current Australian team has largely refrained away from sledging in recent times since the ball-tampering scandal has affected their approach towards the opponents. Instead, India and Australia players bonded friendly in the recently-concluded white-ball leg between the two sides. The likes of Aaron Finch, KL Rahul, and Yuzvendra Chahal were seen sharing a light moment during the first ODI in Sydney.
And this has mainly been the effect of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where players of all countries play together and as a result, gel well. The likes of Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, David Warner, and Pat Cummins are top-notch players in IPL and the case is different with Tim Paine. The Tasmanian has not been part of IPL since 2011 and Mohammad Kaif knows he understands that.
Tim Paine knows he does not have anything to do with IPL: Mohammad Kaif
Mohammad Kaif reckoned that the likes of Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Pat Cummins all of them have bagged million-dollar IPL deals and will not resort to sledging. Since Tim Paine knows he is not going to come to India for the IPL and will not get picked by any team, giving him the liberty to confront the tourists.
“All the players who play in the IPL, whether it is (Aaron) Finch, (David) Warner or (Pat) Cummins, none of them are going to fight now. Tim Paine does not play, he knows that he is not going to come to India, he does not have anything to do with the IPL, so he can confront the Indians,” Kaif said in a conversation with Sony Six Network.