After inquiring to Virat Kohli’s beliefs for not playing the four and final Test match in Dharamsala against Australia to save for the upcoming Indian Premier League, Australia’s former cricketer and right-handed batsman Brad Hodge, who bats in the middle order, has apologised to skipper Virat Kohli for his remarks.
The 42-year-old right arm off-spinner Hodge soon will join in the ILP at Gujarat Lions as a head coach. He took to the social media saying that he respects skipper Kohli and meant no ‘ill intentions.’
Hodge said in his apology letter that “As a professional sportsperson who has represented his country, I certainly understand what it means to step out on a cricket field donning your nation’s colours. It is the highest honour a sportsperson can ask for.”
“Keeping that in mind, 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. My intension was never to harm, criticize or be derogatory towards anyone.”
“They were intended to be a light-hearted comment with the utmost respect to the Indian Premier League which I have thoroughly enjoyed through the years,” he added.
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“The Public & fans have every right to be upset, and the backlash I have received has certainly driven the point home.”
Hodge concluded apology to Kohli saying “Again, I am deeply apologetic to the country which has bought me so much joy, and its inspirational leader in Virat Kohli, to whom I mean no ill-intention & respect highly as a professional.”
After winning four-Test match against Australia by 8 wickets, Kohli said that it might take few weeks to become 100% perfect fit. He is likely to miss the first match of IPL which will play against Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Hodge asked Kohli on missing the first match of IPL, you’d be pretty dirty if you don’t try to win a valuable series against Australia.
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Hodge said to Fox Sports News’ Gameday Live “(Because) if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for RCB versus whoever, at Bangalore, Chinnaswamy Stadium…
“You’d be pretty dirty if he didn’t front up to a Test match and try and win a valuable series against Australia. You would think that your captain would get out there and get amongst the fight and get in there.”