Mumbai, Apr 16: Former India cricketer VVS Laxman has dismissed the claims of Michael Clarke that Australian cricketers 'sucked up' to India captain Virat Kohli for protecting their million dollars IPL contracts.
Clarke, a former Australian captain, had claimed that there was a phase when Australian cricketers were so keen on protecting their IPL deals that they felt "scared" of sledging India captain 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 said on Star Sports' show 'Cricket Connected'.
"Any franchise will look at the player's caliber and value adds 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, ' he added.
Laxman, who also mentors IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad, further reiterated that 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, he said.
"Friendship with any Indian player doesn't ensure entry into the IPL," he added. Former India opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth also termed Clarke's comments as 'ridiculous', saying matches are not won by sledging.
"You do not win matches just by sledging. Aussie's loss is a loss, his statement was ridiculous I would say. If you ask Nasser Hussain or Sir Vivian Richards who are experienced players, you can never score runs or get wickets through sledging, ' Srikkanth, who was part of the 1983 World Cup winning Indian team said.
'You need to play good cricket and showcase determination; you need to bowl well to get wickets and bat well to achieve targets. Sledging cannot help in any way according to my opinion," he concluded. (UNI)