Brad Hodge hopes that Virat Kohli’s injury is serious enough to keep him out of action for a few weeks at least. (Hodge hopes that Kohli’s injury will keep him out of action for a while)
Hodge, now the Gujarat Lions head coach is hoping that Kohli will not be ready to face his Gujarat team when they face the Royal Challengers Bangalore next month in the IPL.
“You’d hope as a sportsman that he’s seriously injured,” Hodge told Fox Sports News’ Gameday Live.
“I’m hopeful, as a Gujarat Lions coach, that when we play RCB in a couple of weeks that he’s not playing.
“Because if you miss one game of Test match cricket and you’re fronting up the next week for RCB versus whoever, at Bangalore, Chinnaswamy Stadium…
“You’d be pretty dirty if he didn’t front up to a Test match and try and win a valuable series against Australia.
“You would think that your captain would get out there and get amongst the fight and get in there.” (Hodge hopes that Kohli’s injury will keep him out of action for a while)
“Not just Virat, but there’s 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.
“He gets paid a helluva lot of money – he gets paid a helluva lot of money anyway, so it doesn’t matter – but there are certain players who will limp in to IPL time, to make sure they get there and perform well, because it is an important tournament for everyone around the world.”
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Kohli mean while hopes to be fit for the matches and he said so himself before the fourt test match.
“When we put these things in place the first thing I said was I’m not different from anybody else,” Kohli said when asked about his fitness on the eve of the fourth Test.
“The same process applies for me as it does all the other members of the team.
“There’s no special treatment for anyone. (Hodge hopes that Kohli’s injury will keep him out of action for a while)
“If I’m 100 per cent fit for the game is the only condition that I will take the field.”