Dean Jones did not agree with Michael Clarke’s comments that Australia didn’t sledge Indian players so that they can save their IPL contracts.
Dean Jones did not agree with Michael Clarke’s comments that Australian players avoid sledging Indian Captain Virat kohli & other players during the 2018-2019 series in order to protect their IPL contracts. Dean Jones rubbished the claims by former Australian Captain & said that the team did what they used to do against the likes of Viv Richards, Javed Miandad or Martin Crowe. Dean Jones in an interview with Nikhil Naz on Sport Screen’s YouTube channel & said that players like Virat Kohli enjoy being confronted in the middle because it motivates them & keeps them going.
“I will tell you the reason why they went silent to him (Virat Kohli). We went silent to Viv Richards, we went silent to Javed Miandad, we go silent to Martin Crowe when he comes to bat and there is a reason for it,” Jones said.
“We don’t believe in upsetting the bear. You don’t upset Virat Kohli and you don’t upset a MS Dhoni and you don’t upset certain players because this is what they love. They want that kind of confrontation & so don’t give them any kind of oxygen”, Jones added.
Michael Clarke earlier had commented that Australian players were too scared to sledge Kohli or the other Indian players because they had to play with them in IPL. Dean Jones further added that being nice to players will not at all guarantee any player an IPL contract.
“I find this logic absolutely. If you upset Virat Kohli he won’t pick you? Is Virat Kohli going to stop you from playing? It actually comes down the coaches and the list managers who they pick,” Jones concluded.