HODGE APOL­O­GISES

For­mer Aus­tralia bats­man heav­ily crit­i­cised for his com­ments

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MUM­BAI to a Test match and try and win a valu­able se­ries against Aus­tralia.”

The 28-year-old Kohli said on Tues­day that it would take him a few weeks to be 100 per cent fit. He leads the Ban­ga­lore side but is likely to miss the start of the IPL when his team take on de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Hy­der­abad on Wed­nes­day.

Hodge was heav­ily crit­i­cised in In­dia for his com­ments and opted to ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion on so­cial me­dia.

“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 said in a lengthy apol­ogy on his ver­i­fied Twit­ter ac­count.

“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.”

The hard-fought se­ries be­tween the world’s top two sides also wit­nessed plenty of on-field ac­ri­mony, with Kohli declar­ing that his friend­ship with Aus­tralia’s crick­eters was over. Reuters

In­jured In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli did not play on the fi­nal day of the Test se­ries against Aus­tralia

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