Former Australian all-rounder Brad Hodge recently apologised for his comments on Indian captain Virat Kohli on IPL not-playing. Though, he apologised for same earlier today and showed respect gesture.
Suffering from a shoulder injury, Kohli didn’t play last test match against Australia and on another side, India won the match by winning series to 2-1.
“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 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,” Hodge said in his first statement.
If you see from his perception, you will find something different and not criticism. Cricket is a game of discipline, determination and dedication and somehow he felt that Virat Kohli is missing important series where his player needs him most.
As soon as his view was treated goosebumps, he immediately apologised on twitter.
“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,” Hodge’s apology read.
“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.
“…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,” he concluded.
However, supporting his views on general views on players trying to keep themselves fit for IPL, Hodge said, “It’s happened before. Not just Virat but there are 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.”
Brad Hodge is the head coach of Gujarat Lions in IPL and has been actively participating in all major cricket events taking place in a world. From the view of Sportsman Spirit, the mistake is temporary, a value is permanent and that what made him apologise looking forward to having good relation with Indian players and Indo-Aussie marks.