#INDvAUS: Hodge takes 180 degree turn after questioning Kohli’s ethics, proves how spineless Aussies can be – The former Australian batsman issues apology to Kohli and Indians in general.
Brad Hodge (L) and Virat Kohli
Former Australian cricketer and now head coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Gujarat Lions Brad Hodge issued a heartfelt apology to Virat Kohli and Indians in general for suggesting that the Indian skipper missed the last Test against the Aussies to get fit for the IPL.
In an elaborate note, Hodge explained how he his “intention was never to harm, criticise or be derogatory toward anyone.”
Here’s his tweet:
— Brad Hodge (@bradhodge007) March 29, 2017
“I take this opportunity to apologise to the people of India, cricket fans, the Indian national cricket team and particularly Virat Kohli for my previous comments,” he posted to Twitter.
“My intention was never to harm, criticise or be derogatory toward anyone. They were intended to be light-hearted comments with the utmost respect to the Indian Premier League which I have thoroughly enjoyed through the years. The public and fans have every right to be upset, and the backlash I have received has certainly driven this home.”
The former Australian cricketer’s comments added more fuel to the an already simmering contest between the two camps.
Last Sunday, Hodge had created a storm with his uncalled for analysis of Kohli’s shoulder injury. Stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Gautam Gambhir on reacted strongly against the Australian on social media.
“You’d hope as a sportsman that he’s seriously injured,” Hodge had said. “Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) versus whoever… you’d be pretty dirty if he didn’t front up to a Test match and try and win a valuable series against Australia,” he told Fox Sports.
Hodge would hope his retraction mends fences with the many Indians he’s rubbed the wrong way. The 10th edition of IPL will start on April 5 and it’ll be interesting to see what happens when Kohli, who leads the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Hodge come face-to-face.