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Hodge suggests Kohli saving him for IPL by skipping Test

Virat Kohli Injury

Australia batsman Brad Hodge has suggested that Indian captain Virat Kohli, who missed the fourth Test in Dharamsala due to an injury, could be saving himself for the IPL starting next month.

Hodge said he would be surprised to see Kohli captain RCb in their first match of IPL in 10 days.

Haddin said Kohli risked derailing the captaincy of his stand-in, Ajinkya Rahane.

Hodge, the coach of IPL side Gujarat Lions, said it would be “pretty dirty” of Kohli if he turns out for the IPL opening match as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain against David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5.

Haddin said Kohli risked derailing the captaincy of his stand-in, Ajinkya Rahane. “I also think he’s good for the game and he’s a world class batter, but what about Rahane,” said Haddin. “He (Rahane) was out their captaining the team and you don’t want him running on because you know how big a personality he is in the change-room.
“It’s his time to captain and what if he had different views on what Kohli has. Talk to him by all means in the change-room, but you’re injured. Sit down and get some ice on your shoulder.”

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