Champions League T20 2013 October 5, 2013

Injured Hodge to miss final

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Rajasthan Royals batsman Brad Hodge will not be fit for the Champions League T20 final on Sunday, the Royals coach Paddy Upton has told ESPNcricinfo. Hodge had injured his knee during the semi-final against Chennai Super Kings last evening in Jaipur. He has had scans on his knee, the results of which are awaited.

Hodge had collided with Shane Watson, whose head hit Hodge's knee, at point during the final over of Chennai Super Kings' chase and had to go off the field. Shaun Tait, the Australian fast bowler, is the only overseas player available on the Royals bench.

Losing Hodge is a blow to Royals' chances of winning their maiden Champions League title. Batting at No. 6 in the role of a finisher, Hodge has scored 109 runs in three innings - two not-outs - at a strike rate of 198. His unbeaten 52 off 23 balls against Otago was instrumental in Royals securing a home semi-final, which they won by 14 runs.

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  • bobbo2 on October 6, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Why not bat first on a road in a final? Given pressure plays. A Big part in finals, surely runs on the board is the best way to go. RR made a Massive mistake in choosing to bowl first.

  • on October 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Get well soon Hodge! We miss u badly on this big day!

  • on October 6, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    shaun tait should be in for rahul shukla and ashok meraria for hodge

  • DaisonGarvasis on October 6, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Today's final will be decided on how Mumbai play Pravin Tambe - going by what Sunil Narine did yesterday, Tambe has got a good case today! If MI hit him out of the attack, it will be game, set and match!

  • on October 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    no way! still we have a light of hope even our one all rounder get injured but royals will hopefully win.... wish hodge get well soon

  • zxaar on October 6, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    @ cricketisagame " Nikhil Nadipelli , looks like you're still worshiping your GOD. If you ask most of Indian's honest opinion you" -------------------- I am indian and in my honest opinion you are way off in your thinking about indians. God is still God he proved it last night too. Tendulkar is many times better than RD in ODIs where RD's career average is 72. Dravid is unfit for modern fast paced cricket. Second in Tests, only in 4th innings Dravid has comparable average to tendulkar, 1st 2nd and 3rd innings of tests Tendulkar average higher than Dravid. Also Tendulkar is only batsman to average 40 plus in all the nations, Dravid average 31 , 33 in SA and SRi lanka so Tendulkar is also our best overseas batsman. These are facts not opinions.

  • on October 6, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    RR will loss ,they are playing away and Hodge is injured ,MI indians are already adapted to the Delhi ground .Tambe wont able to bowl as he was bowling on Home ground hitting the know spots on the pitch.RR will only win if MI underperform.

  • Wolverine77 on October 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Big blow to RR.. Best would be RD to win the toss and bat first and put up a good score and try to defend it. Dravid will have to play a big innings if RR to win this for sure. The team which handles the pressure well will win..

  • Pathiyal on October 6, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    the absence of brad hodge will be a huge blow for RR. wish him recover fast. big burden on shane watson and stuart binny.

  • on October 6, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    this is very bad news for Rajasthan royals i hope rajasthan royals do better in final with out brad Hodge......now ? is hows replace brad Hodge....

  • bobbo2 on October 6, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Why not bat first on a road in a final? Given pressure plays. A Big part in finals, surely runs on the board is the best way to go. RR made a Massive mistake in choosing to bowl first.

  • on October 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Get well soon Hodge! We miss u badly on this big day!

  • on October 6, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    shaun tait should be in for rahul shukla and ashok meraria for hodge

  • DaisonGarvasis on October 6, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Today's final will be decided on how Mumbai play Pravin Tambe - going by what Sunil Narine did yesterday, Tambe has got a good case today! If MI hit him out of the attack, it will be game, set and match!

  • on October 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    no way! still we have a light of hope even our one all rounder get injured but royals will hopefully win.... wish hodge get well soon

  • zxaar on October 6, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    @ cricketisagame " Nikhil Nadipelli , looks like you're still worshiping your GOD. If you ask most of Indian's honest opinion you" -------------------- I am indian and in my honest opinion you are way off in your thinking about indians. God is still God he proved it last night too. Tendulkar is many times better than RD in ODIs where RD's career average is 72. Dravid is unfit for modern fast paced cricket. Second in Tests, only in 4th innings Dravid has comparable average to tendulkar, 1st 2nd and 3rd innings of tests Tendulkar average higher than Dravid. Also Tendulkar is only batsman to average 40 plus in all the nations, Dravid average 31 , 33 in SA and SRi lanka so Tendulkar is also our best overseas batsman. These are facts not opinions.

  • on October 6, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    RR will loss ,they are playing away and Hodge is injured ,MI indians are already adapted to the Delhi ground .Tambe wont able to bowl as he was bowling on Home ground hitting the know spots on the pitch.RR will only win if MI underperform.

  • Wolverine77 on October 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Big blow to RR.. Best would be RD to win the toss and bat first and put up a good score and try to defend it. Dravid will have to play a big innings if RR to win this for sure. The team which handles the pressure well will win..

  • Pathiyal on October 6, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    the absence of brad hodge will be a huge blow for RR. wish him recover fast. big burden on shane watson and stuart binny.

  • on October 6, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    this is very bad news for Rajasthan royals i hope rajasthan royals do better in final with out brad Hodge......now ? is hows replace brad Hodge....

  • cricketisagame on October 6, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Nikhil Nadipelli , looks like you're still worshiping your GOD. If you ask most of Indian's honest opinion you will find out who commands more respect whether the person who still hanging to his place with his old glory or the person who felt he has not enough left in him for international cricket and decided to nurture young cricketers. Wait for Sachin to hand his boots which might be after 10 years and see how many people even remembers him. Just let you know I was his fan not long ago but now I feel he is the most selfish cricketer I have ever seen. Even I confuse should I but that Vediocon TV or the Toshiba when I see 2 ads together..lol...

  • on October 6, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    better play a indian batsman instead of a foreigner

  • on October 6, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    tough job for RR...no other overseas player than tait...hodge will be missed...play tait for shukla...and play menaria in for hodge....halla bol !!

  • Army_rangers on October 6, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    @nampally,Look at the stats and speak up man...meneria is better than binny?show me how many times he won the match for his team..plus he isnt a big hitter.binny is a cool customer who is capable of replacing hogde's job..

  • on October 5, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    RI do not seem to have anyone who can back-fill for Hodge, one-for-one. I guess it will be down to Samson, Watson providing the fire-power.

  • cricpanther on October 5, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    So Sad, Great Brad Hodge injured!! We hope he get well soon and recover 100% from his injury. For now RR has mighty blow and they are away from home conditions, as they are so addict and used to it and now they have to show quick adaptability with kotla wicket, travelling tiredness. Now, its time for have few changes, as Kotla wicket is more fevers spinners, you have seen from Sunil Naraine for T&T. While Pacers Ravi Rampaul and other fast bowlers did not get much out of this wicket. As everyone knows, pitch is bit on slower side and spin bowling can be most effective, so who will give support to Pravin Tambe ??young HARMEET SINGH is the one who should play in final, he can bowl filghted, bat as well. Also at this time, Call back to ASHOK MANERIA as well, he is allrounder Out for Yagnik as wicket keeper. My 11: Dravid, Rahane,Watto,Binny, Samsun, Tambe, Cooper, Faukner, Rahul Shukla, HARMEET SINGH, and ASHOK MANERIA. Royals Go for it...

  • on October 5, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    David_Gravitas_(Atheist -who does not like Sachin coz he was more admired than his fav cricket) relax.. He says its a blessing in disguise for the team.. he didnt mean Hodge suffers.. Relax relax....

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    @nampally: sorry, binny is much better player..he could not score enough coz he got very little chance o bat..n he is always underbowled..otherwise he is capable f bowling 4 economic overs picking up a couple f wickets...n he is very clean striker f the ball n can score quick 30s n 40s at a very good strike rate...i believe he shud b given more time to spend on the crease!!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    so mumbai will the match of cplt20 final..................

  • on October 5, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Why kusal Perera?? He is not good for Sri lanka, why here? Harmeet Singh, 21 year spinner from Mumbai, must be given chance. Maneria, better batsman, to be played at higher position. It is useless to play him down at 8,9 position. If no overseas players are available as calibre as of Hodge, better to play with 3 instead of 4. RR's local talents are good enough to beat imported players. Remember, RR had narrowly lost in recent IPL against Mumbai. Any body's game. Best Luck for both RR and MI.

  • on October 5, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    mumbai has 8 international stars(no sachin as t20 player,r its just mi is being forced to have him in squad) similarly rr has 3 international stars plus hodge who is 40+(no dravid as t20 force)but dravid has played better than sachin dis yr and he has motivated his team to win,but mumbai wins so sachin wins...now friend where is the comparision 8int stars vs 4 int stars,,compare dere batting and bowling strength vs rajasthan's...similarly chennai has 10 international stars...wat rajasthan does best is perform there task and belief in themselves they have 2 match winners watson faulkner but others have done there part splendidly...and c mumbai 7 match winners.....i want rr to win bcz with dere limitation they have played best cricket and can give awesum farewell to dravid the legend,,,,,and i m scared if mumbai doesnt win sachin may play 1 more year who knows?it sounds grt if an average team defeats a star studded team..even if rr losses dey wld b saluted, but if MI LOSSES ....I WISH

  • on October 5, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    koshal perera has been added to the team i think he will get a place because i very important to score in the powerplays in firoz shah kotla with the new ball coming to the bat

  • on October 5, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Bring Kusal Perera from Sri Lanka he is any way part of RR

  • on October 5, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    they should go for g.bailey

  • on October 5, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Oh dear. Is O Shah not in the bench?

  • on October 5, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Big blow !! It would effect the batting freedom of top order batsmen like Rahane, Samson, Watson. For the Delhi wicket, Watson should open with Rahane with Dravid coming down the order. Stroke-play would be easier with the new ball. Dravid has been throwing away his wicket, so if he comes lower down he can play according to situation. Harmeet Singh should play instead of Yagnik with Hodge's place taken by Maneria. Maneria could bat up the order - Watson, Rahane, Cooper, Samson, Maneria, Binny, Dravid, Faulkner, Singh, Shukla, Tampe.

  • on October 5, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    i hope rajasthan royals win the match.great farewell to Rahul dravid

  • Nampally on October 5, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    With Brad Hodge out of the XI, RR have no choice but to bring in Tait, as the only other foreign player, into the XI. RR shouldstay with Samson as WK & replace Yagnik with Menaria, who is a fine batsman being sent too late in the batting. Menaria is a much better batsman than Binny, who keeps coming up at #5 with little to show apart from his first match. Actually Menaria deserves a place in the XI more so than Binny. So RR should make 2 changes- Tait & Menaria replacing Hodge & Yagnik. Yagnik does not deserve a spot in the XI as a batsman & Samson is a better WK. Tait will boost the RR bowling at "death"- was poor vs. CSK, in the last 5 overs.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Yah, it's really big blow to RR (without Brad Hodge). I think, Rahul Dravid is doing fantastic job as a captain. It is going to be very exciting final to watch. Good luck to both teams in the final. I preferred RR to win. But doesnot matter, I love cricket.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    I think even Tait is not 100% fit (some niggle). Hobson's choice then. Menaria to play. Hope it's is not too serious and he gets back on his feet ASAP! Hodgy that is!

  • nayonika on October 5, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    RR are sure to win with or without Hodge....such is the team spirit in the camp. Meanwhile wishing Hodge quick recovery.

  • CricketChat on October 5, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Definitely a big loss to RR. I was wishing RR would play Tait in the final as a surprise weapon though not at Hodge's expense. Hopefully, Dravid will fire for once in his last game.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Really, a big blow. But, Hodge, entertained us all these days. Wishing him 'Speedy recovery. On Sunday night, when he sees his team has become the Champions, I am sure he will forget his pain. All the Best, Dravid & RR.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    My Playing XI -Rahane,Dravid*,Sanju+,Watson,Menaria,Binny,Cooper,Faulkner, Tait/mallik, Shukla,Tambe.Yagnik didnt do any special with bat or behind the stumps..So he can be dropped for Menaria, who can be the 2nd spin option.

  • nayonika on October 5, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    RR are sure to win with or without Hodge....such is the team spirit in the camp. Meanwhile wishing Hodge quick recovery.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Watson should open with Rahane. Dravid should let some of the young aggressive batsmen go ahead of him; unless there are too many wickets down, too fast.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Watson should open with Rahane. Dravid should let some of the young aggressive batsmen go ahead of him; unless there are too many wickets down, too fast.

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Hidge seems like a great guy who should have played more for Australia. Dravid and team will have to make many changes to get the combination right

  • on October 5, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    raj managed to defeat csk without any contribution of hodgy yes it makes side weaker in paper and mind but i believe they have enough depth in batting to go all the way. He might be missed in chase but time for watto and binny to step up and maneria has been star for indA and he has not got much chance with bat with royals. i can promise that this man(maneria) can finish d game well. what royals need is a 4 th consequitive knock from jinxy who is much better than rohit sharma(just to include sharma in theme) . ROYALS DO IT FOR ULTIMATE ROYAL- RAHUL DRAVID

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    no one can stop rajasthan royals final victory

  • class9ryan on October 5, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    So, this is the last thing that Royals wanted. Introducing Shaun Tait for one and final game would be interesting. But if he manages to land the ball well he could be for a treat. My 11 - Rahane, Watson, Dravid, Samson, Menaria, Yagnik, Binny, Cooper, Faulkner, Tait, Tambe. Or they might go with a foreign slot less becoz Shukla hasn't done anythiong to miss the finals

  • Army_rangers on October 5, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    This is really big blow for RR..he was doing the DHONI job in RR...hope he recovers as soon as possible and continue his carrier for few more years...but still RR have binny who have the potential to take over that job..now RR just have to move yagnik and meneria up the order...

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Get well soon Hodgy My Playing-11 would be: Dravid, Rahane, Samson, Watson, Binny, Yagnik, Cooper, Faulkner, Tambe, Shukla, Harmeetsing

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    With or without Hodge, Royals should rock in the Final esp if Mumbaikars make final...

  • on October 5, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how the wall will manage without hodge ( finisher) in the final.So far they have done well to reach the final.Now will the keep that pace in the final.If MI wins in mi vs tt then RR in trouble as MI has best finishers like Pollard who can take away the game from them within the blink of an eye.But again its a game of cricket anything can happen. Last but not least,T&T is a team which i have never heard of before and now this team has reached the semi-final.Their main strength is sunil naraine.That guy is best at beating the batsman with his spin. Lets see what happens.Finger's crossed for today as well tomarrow. One more thing i will like to ass iss that both RR AND MI will try to give farewell with a final victory to the two retiring legends DRAVID & SACHIN.This means they will work their ass off to reach and win the final.We are going to witness some great match.

  • on October 5, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    RR can do with some tweak in their batting line up to ensure that Stuart Binny takes over Hodge's role. That would mean moving up the likes of Yagnik or Menaria a slot up. Anyways, whatever happens, would like to see RR win for one reason- RD. His career has always been about proving people wrong. They said that he is not fit for T20 and look where he has reached.His mere presence has been an inspiration to others in RR who have played above everyone's expectations.

  • on October 5, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    I support RR only for this man......I love watching him play......Gonna miss him......still hope RR can make it this time....Get well soon bradly.......

  • on October 5, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    It is a big blow....hope he get well soon

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 5, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Karthik Varadarajan, mate why not somebody break your knee and others say that it's a blessing in disguise for your company? Take your 'intelligent' planning for RR to some other article. Are you for real?

    Can't we be civil enough to wish Hodge a speedy recovery without talking about RR's playing XI for finals and all of those 'intelligent' plans?

    I request everybody to strictly limit their posts to wishing Hodge a complete recovery and rehabilitation.

  • on October 5, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    I am big fan of Mumbai Indians but Ur the best I will miss u sir

  • on October 5, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    this is big blow for royals

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 5, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    My heart goes out for Brad Hodge. Hope he hasn't done irreparable damage to his knee. I wish him a complete recovery so that he can get on with his life - he axes bowlers for a living. All the best Dear Brad Hodge. All RR supporters will be wishing and hoping that you will have a complete recovery and rehabilitation. We will miss you on the field but Health is that much more important than cricket. Cricket can wait Brad. Cheers mite (as in mate)! Halla bol halla bol......

  • shebeerdoha on October 5, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Huge Blow! Call Owais Shah as replacement. RR chance became thinner now.

  • on October 5, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    A major set back for RR! > Anyways, we need to take this as a blessing in disguise as the Kotla pitch is a slow track and it will suite Menaria (2nd spin option too) and Yagnik would come handy with the bat. With the addition of Tait, our bowling department looks stunning and the sad fact is that Rahul Shukla might misses out !! This is my XI- Dravid, Rahane, Samson, Watto, Binny, Menaria, Yagnik, Cooper, Faulkner, Tampe and Tait !!!! Halla Bol !!!

  • jimbond on October 5, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    This is a massive blow. Not just because Hodge is a great T20 player, but also because this will spoil the balance of the team and they don't have much bench strength. Either they have to do a like for like replacement- playing Menaria instead of Hodge, or else they need to find a way to bring Tait into play- which may need a bit of playing around with the team composition.

  • on October 5, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Get well soon brad

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  • on October 5, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Get well soon brad

  • jimbond on October 5, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    This is a massive blow. Not just because Hodge is a great T20 player, but also because this will spoil the balance of the team and they don't have much bench strength. Either they have to do a like for like replacement- playing Menaria instead of Hodge, or else they need to find a way to bring Tait into play- which may need a bit of playing around with the team composition.

  • on October 5, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    A major set back for RR! > Anyways, we need to take this as a blessing in disguise as the Kotla pitch is a slow track and it will suite Menaria (2nd spin option too) and Yagnik would come handy with the bat. With the addition of Tait, our bowling department looks stunning and the sad fact is that Rahul Shukla might misses out !! This is my XI- Dravid, Rahane, Samson, Watto, Binny, Menaria, Yagnik, Cooper, Faulkner, Tampe and Tait !!!! Halla Bol !!!

  • shebeerdoha on October 5, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Huge Blow! Call Owais Shah as replacement. RR chance became thinner now.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 5, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    My heart goes out for Brad Hodge. Hope he hasn't done irreparable damage to his knee. I wish him a complete recovery so that he can get on with his life - he axes bowlers for a living. All the best Dear Brad Hodge. All RR supporters will be wishing and hoping that you will have a complete recovery and rehabilitation. We will miss you on the field but Health is that much more important than cricket. Cricket can wait Brad. Cheers mite (as in mate)! Halla bol halla bol......

  • on October 5, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    this is big blow for royals

  • on October 5, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    I am big fan of Mumbai Indians but Ur the best I will miss u sir

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 5, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Karthik Varadarajan, mate why not somebody break your knee and others say that it's a blessing in disguise for your company? Take your 'intelligent' planning for RR to some other article. Are you for real?

    Can't we be civil enough to wish Hodge a speedy recovery without talking about RR's playing XI for finals and all of those 'intelligent' plans?

    I request everybody to strictly limit their posts to wishing Hodge a complete recovery and rehabilitation.

  • on October 5, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    It is a big blow....hope he get well soon

  • on October 5, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    I support RR only for this man......I love watching him play......Gonna miss him......still hope RR can make it this time....Get well soon bradly.......