CRICKET: Former Australian batsman Brad Hodge has made the suggestion that injured India captain Virat Kohli could be saving himself for the Indian Premier League.
Kohli has become the world's highest paid water boy in the decisive fourth Test against Australia in Dharamsala, having made the call to not risk his injured shoulder on match eve.
The superstar batsman suffered the injury while fielding during the third Test and went on to bat in that match.
Kohli had a nightmare series with the blade, scoring just 46 runs in three Tests and being lapped by Australian opposite Steve Smith.
"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 (Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore) 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, Bangalore, at 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 - which has been pretty spiteful as well.
"You would think that your captain would get out there and get amongst the fight and get in there."
Asked whether Kohli could be saving himself for the IPL, Hodge replied: "It's happened before.
"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 that 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."