The former Australian allrounder Andrew Symonds has revealed that his relationship with his good friend Michael Clarke soured because of IPL money as he was on a huge IPL contract, while Clarke was not and a little bit of jealousy crept in between them.
When IPL was launched back in 2008, Andrew Symonds was already one of the big hitters in the game at that point of time and it was no surprise for anyone that he went for a big amount in the auction and played for Deccan Chargers, but Michael Clarke didn’t get the deal straightaway as he was more of a touch player than a power hitter.
Clarke eventually played in the IPL for Pune Warriors India later, but only for one season. He later commentated in the IPL and was involved in broadcasting side of things related to the league, but he never had a multi million dollar playing contract like Symonds had.
Money can do funny things: Andrew Symonds
While speaking on Fox Sports podcast, Andrew Symonds insisted that money can do funny things and he realized over a period of time since the IPL started that his relationship with Clarke just got bitter and bitter.
However, Symonds refused to go into the details of that and said that even if he and Michael Clarke are not friends anymore and he has made peace with the fact that the friendship is not there anymore, he is still not going to be doing “mud slinging” while speaking about him in the media.
According to Symonds, money is great, but one thing about money is that it can also toxicate your relationship with other people because jealousy comes with it.
Symonds didn’t have a very long career in the IPL, but he played excellently for a couple of seasons and even won the IPL title with Deccan Chargers under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist.