Former Australian cricketer Brad Hodge seems to have raised Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s hackles after the has-been batsman questioned Indian captain Virat Kohli’s integrity when he did not play the 4th Test at Dharamsala owing to a shoulder injury.
Among one of the fiercest supporters of the Indian cricket team, Big B decided to give it back to the Australian through one of his witty tweets.
“T 2477 – Brad Hodge says ‘Virat skipped 4th to play IPL’ .. RUBBISH ! he did it to tell you that his team can wallop you even without him,” tweeted Bachchan.
T 2477 – Brad Hodge says ‘Virat skipped 4th to play IPL’ .. RUBBISH ! he did it to tell you that his team can wallop you even without him ! pic.twitter.com/FVxFpYcgEq
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 27, 2017
Brad Hodge, who is also the head coach of Gujarat Lions in Indian Premier League, criticised Virat Kohli for missing the final Test by saying that it will be ‘pretty dirty’ if the Indian captain turns out for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the season against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5. You’d hope as a sportsman that he’s seriously injured. I’m hopeful, as a Gujarat Lions coach, that when we play RCB in a couple of weeks, that he’s not playing,” Hodge was quoted by ‘Daily Telegraph’ as having told Fox Sports News’ Gameday Live.
Hodge went on to add: “Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for RCB versus whoever, Bangalore, at Chinnaswamy Stadium — you’d be pretty dirty if he did not front up to a Test match and try and win a valuable series against Australia which has been pretty spiteful as well,” said Hodge who played five Tests and 25 ODIs between 2005 and 2008. “You would think that your captain would get out there and get among the fight and get in there.”
Kohli pulled out of the series-deciding fourth Test against Australia as he was not 100 per cent fit after injuring his shoulder during the third match in Ranchi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore face defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the opening match of this year’s IPL on 5th April 2017. Kohli, who is the captain of the Bangalore side, faces a race against the clock to be fit for the opening fixture of the lucrative fixture. It is no secret that the 28-year-old is one of highest paid cricketers in the IPL.
Although RCB open their account on 5th April against the Sunrisers, they do not play Gujarat Lions until 18th April. By then, though, Kohli is expected to be fit and firing.