Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge has issued his apology to Virat Kohli and Indian cricket fans for his insensitive comments about the India skipper.
Hodge, who will soon begin be coaching Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League, has been severely criticised for questioning the priories of Kohli after the Indian star had to miss the fourth Test against Australia due to a shoulder injury.
Questioning Kohli’s ethics, Hodge went on to say that the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain is more interested in playing in the cash-rich league rather than trying to win the series against Australia.
“You would think that your captain would get out there and get amongst the fight and get in there,” Hodge had said. “You’d hope as a sportsman that he’s seriously injured.
“Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) 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 had further said the players in past had recovered in time to play in the T20 league.
“It’s happened before,” Hodge had said. “Not just Virat but there’s many players that have come up to IPL time and … look, we know it’s a cash-rich tournament, there’s some money up for grabs. There are certain players that will limp in, to IPL time, to make sure they get there and perform well.”
No surprises that the 42-year has been facing the flak for his unprofessional remarks. From Gautam Gambhir to Amitabh Bachchan, everyone has blasted Hodge for his comments. And with just a few days remaining before he plies his trade in India, Hodge has issued an apology to Kohli, the Indian team and the cricket fans.
“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” the Australian 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.”
— Brad Hodge (@bradhodge007) March 29, 2017