Brad Hodge, after the fray regarding Kohli, apologized for his “comment.” He said that his “intension was never to harm, criticize or be derogatory towards anyone.” Hodge, the former Aussie all-rounder commented that Virat Kohli pulled out himself from the Dharamshala Test to save his IPL campaign. However, it was the shoulder injury that kept the India captain out of the match. In the series deciding match, India won with an excellent showdown from bowlers nicking the series by 2-1.
Hodge’s comment was, “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.” This draw harsh criticism from the cricket fraternity, such that, it appeared, his stint as the Coach of Gujarat Lions was at stake. He came out to Twitter to issue an apology for his apparent mistake.
The Twitter post read, “I take this opportunity to apologies to the people of India, cricket fans, the Indian national cricket team and particularly Virat Kohli for my previous comments.” He further added, “My intention was never to harm, criticize 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.”
He concluded saying he is “deeply apologetic to the country,” which bought him “so much joy.” He termed Virat Kohli was the “inspirational leader” of the team. He said he respects Kohli as a “highly professional” player and he mean “no ill-intention.” Earlier, Australia captain Steve Smith also apologized for all the ruckus in the recently concluded series.
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