Indian veteran opener Gautam Gambhir said in support of his national teammate Virat Kohli injury to Brad Hodge for questioning. He said that player like Kohli who play for the country as captaining his team, would not want to miss again in an international match like in any other tournament.
The 35-year-old India’s opener Gambhir said to CNN “That’s absolutely not valid. I feel that someone who’s playing for their country and captaining it would never want to miss a Test match and would definitely want to play for Indian more than any other tournament. That’s always been the case.”
He added “Knowing Virat he would have never done that and these people, look if you want to be in the headline you can say anything you want and it’s just about making a headline or trying to get your name in the press by making such statements. If you don’t know the extent of the injury you should not be talking about it.”
Kohli has smashed four double centuries in four successive series. He was not capable of changing that starts that he got in the series against Australia.
Gambhir said “You should stop targeting one or two individuals, in a team sport there’s no point targeting one or two individuals, you should talk about the cricket. Taking someone individually or blaming someone individually or personally is something which should not work … it’s very immature.”
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Earlier when Hodge questioned Kohli’s principles, it says that Kohli is more eager to play the IPL.
Hodge said “You would think that your captain would get out there and get amongst the fight and get in there. 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 to win a valuable series against Australia.
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“It’s happened before. 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,” Hodge added.