With this IPL, Brad Hodge has added another feather to his cap, as he coaches the Gujarat Lions. The Lions have begun their IPL journey in serious style as the side; full of explosive individuals has won 4 out of its 5 games. Recently, they chased down a steep total against the Royal Challengers Bangalore to maintain their dominance. The Lions now prepare to face another rampant side – Delhi Daredevils.
In his interaction with the press before the game, Lions coach Brad Hodge spoke about his side’s performance. Hodge said that the presence of many explosive names in the Lions’ arsenal gave them an edge over other teams. When asked about his experiences with Daredevils’ mentor Rahul Dravid, Hodge said that he looked up to the former as a potential role model. “I see Rahul very much as a role model and mentor also for myself. We’ve played together and I learnt a lot of things off him. I respect everything he does in life,” Hodge said about his Rajasthan Royals mentor.
Coming back to the game, Hodge said that it would be great if his side could beat the Daredevils. “It will be nice to be able to beat him (Dravid) and his team. I’m sure he’s thinking that way as well,” Hodge said. “We have a few Rajasthan Royals players in our side James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni. It is a mixture of interesting feelings. There is a lot of love and friendship with a lot of those guys and that will continue forever in time. But once you jump across that battlefield it’s the best man wins, I guess.”
Hodge opened up on the list of match winners in his side, and said, “If a couple of those fire in any particular game it’s going to be awfully hard for any opposition.” “We just have to make sure that this consistency keeps going across the tournament. We’ve certainly identified that losing is also part of the tournament. You can’t expect to go through the whole tournament winning every game. We had a really poor outing against SRH, put that to bed, and across the board played strong cricket,” Hodge said.
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