Former India batsman and member of the legendary ‘Fab Four” VVS Laxman took a jibe at Michael Clarke for his recent claims that Australian cricketers “sucked up” to India captain Virat Kohli for protecting their IPL contracts, saying just being nice to someone doesn’t guarantee a spot in the cash-rich tournament.
Clarke, a former Australian captain, raised several eyebrows after he claimed that there was a phase when Australian cricketers were so keen on protecting their IPL deals that they felt “scared” of sledging India skipper Kohli and his teammates and instead “sucked up” to them.
“Just by being nice to someone doesn’t get you a place in IPL,” Laxman, who also mentors IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad told Star Sports on its show ‘Cricket Connected’.
“Any franchise will look at the player’s calibre and value add to the team, which gives them desired results by winning matches/tournaments. These are the kind of players who get IPL contracts. So just being nice to someone will not earn you a spot in the IPL.”
Laxman, a veteran of 134 Tests, said as a mentor when he is on the auction table, those players are looked at who do exceptionally well for their country.
“If you’re friendly with any Indian player it doesn’t mean that you are getting IPL contract. As a mentor, I’m on the auction table and we select players, those international players that have played exceptionally well for their country and can add value to the franchise.