Former Australia batsman heavily criticised for his comments
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