Rajasthan v Hyderabad, Eliminator, Delhi May 23, 2013

Hodge thrilled with win after 'emotional week'

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After guiding Rajasthan Royals out of a hole and a step closer to the IPL 2013 final, batsman Brad Hodge has expressed much satisfaction at the result achieved in the Eliminator that followed an "emotional week". His experience, Hodge said, came in handy in what was a tense situation.

"It was a close contest and that is exactly where you need your experience to get a team over the line," Hodge told the IPL site. "This is the most thrilling game I have ever played in the IPL. I have played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the past editions. This is the first time with Rajasthan Royals and I am delighted to win the game for the team.

"Rahul [Dravid] was delighted when I walked back to the dugout. It has been an emotional week for us, and it is a really good result for Rajasthan Royals and especially for Rahul."

Chasing 133, Royals had been reduced to 57 for 5 and needed 76 off 60 when No. 7 Hodge put together a 45-run stand with Sanju Samson - in which 18-year-old Samson contributed 9 - at close to eight runs an over. Once Samson was out, Hodge added 33 more with James Faulkner at over nine an over to take the team home with four wickets and four balls to spare. Hodge finished unbeaten on 54 off 29, hitting Darren Sammy for consecutive sixes to close out the game.

"The wicket was a fraction slow and that suited the type of cricket Sunrisers have been playing through the tournament. We wanted to try and be aggressive early on in the innings. We got a decent start but faltered mid-way," Hodge said. "It did not go according to script.

"We were slightly under pressure while chasing the stiff [asking rate towards the end]. We found ourselves in a bit of a hole and needed a few shots to come off well to get the asking rate down. Thankfully, we got a couple of shots in the stands that helped us get over the line."

Royals will now play Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier on Friday. That Royals are on the threshold of the final is a just reflection of the way they have played this season, Hodge said: "Everyone wants to play in the final and it is satisfying to see that you are just a step away from the final. We have had a great season this year and have been one of the top teams in the competition, and it was only fitting that we got closer to grabbing the trophy."

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  • POSTED BY concerned_cricketer on | May 23, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Congrats to Hodge and Rajasthan Royals in their achievement thus far! Mumbai is full of star power but is not entirely effective as a team. The exact opposite of RR. So I don't give Mumbai any chnace of making the final.

    In the final, beating CSK will be a tall order for RR. RR click very well as a team but so does CSK. Dravid Vs Dhoni two titans. It will eb an exciting match up of D(r)avid Vs Goliath. To recall Srikant's own visualisation, it will be like the India of 1983 World cup facing the mighty Windies. Dhoni still holds the edge because of his mastery over the short format. But being the smart man that he is, MSD will be the last person to count RR out.

    May the best team on the day (just on the day - not over the whole tournament) win!

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    I think the worst thing that has happened to West Indian cricket is winning the World T20 Cup. Everyone supported them because they revived the celebratory facet of the game with some incredible celebrations. It came across as a gesture of compassion and happiness, but since they have won the World T20 Cup, there has been this air of arrogance that has surfaced with players like Samuels, Sammy, Bravo, Pollard and Rampaul, which is disappointing to see. This. mind my words will lead to a catastrophe for a team which revived itself so beautifully from administrative chaos. Sammy giving cold shoulder to Dravid was just unacceptable. You have to learn to like the taste of your own flavour. That is being sporty. It is not that this problem persists with everyone, there are amazing gentlemen like Narine and Gayle who are unconditionally lovable. This is why I consider Australians the best world champions, because they didn't make it look like a lottery jackpot to the needy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    What an innings ! Hodge proved his worth and repaid the faith Dravid has shown on him. No wonder why he mentioned "Especially for Rahul" . This was an emotional week for the royals , you can feel it when you see the faces (Read: Sanju and Binny) . This victory will come as a balm for sure.

  • POSTED BY Darshi007 on | May 23, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    When Gilly does a medley of celebration everyone sees the funny side of it but when Hodge does it is portrayed as being ugly, unselfish. Why these double standards? By the way Gilly said in the presentation that he forgot to do the "Rock the baby" celebration of Sammy which he had planned. After the match when Dravid went ahead to shake hands with Sammy he actually brushed shoulders with Dravid and stormed into the dugout. That was very unprofessional. Yes, that celebration was for his daughter but it's not like he has got the copyright for it. In fact it is a very popular celebration which soccer players do. Even Bangladesh team did it to mock the Indians when they beat them in the 2007 World Cup. If Sammy can mock people then he has to have the heart to take back what he gives too.

  • POSTED BY kingkarthik on | May 23, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Superb innings. But really ugly to make it personal by trying to mock Sammy. Perhaps Hodge is still nursing insecurities and grudges at not being a major international star despite being greatly talented than the average trodler, Sammy who is a major international star. Had so much respect for this man, but on seeing his celebrations, i am troubled to question his humility..... Wonder what the out cry would have been if a local less established player had done the same.

  • POSTED BY ak111 on | May 23, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    There was nothing wrong in celebrating in the same way as Sammy. Sammy himself had brought that baby step repeatedly (not once) into the game and he has celebrated and mocked every time a wicket has fallen. Why should not he get it back. Also I could not be sure but at the end when Sammy was walking out of the field and Dravid tried to shake his hand Sammy did some thing or gave a cold shoulder Dravid looked back also with surprise. Hodge did exactly what was needed for the team, to break the sombre mood and bring the smiles back.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Hodge was really awesome. I am really thankful to him for taking Rahul and his team into the semis. Everything was so perfect..... If only he had not mimicked sammy. Copying someone's dance step is fine. Like the medley gilly did the other day. It was cute. But what hodge did, wasn't cute. He mocked sammy. Had he copied any other sammy dance step, would have been fine. But 'that' was sammy's personal celebration for his new born daughter. He shouldn't have mocked sammy's personal emotions. Nevertheless, a brilliant inning and I hope RD lifts the Ipl trophy this season. Halla Bol.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Hodge was really awesome. I am really thankful to him for taking Rahul and his team into the semis. Everything was so perfect..... If only he had not mimicked sammy. Copying someone's dance step is fine. Like the medley gilly did the other day. It was cute. But what hodge did, wasn't cute. He mocked sammy. Had he copied any other sammy dance step, would have been fine. But 'that' was sammy's personal celebration for his new born daughter. He shouldn't have mocked sammy's personal emotions. Nevertheless, a brilliant inning and I hope RD lifts the Ipl trophy this season. Halla Bol.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    To be fair to the game of Cricket, i dont think Rajasthan Royals have the enough power to beat Mumbai & Chennai...Both MI & CSK they have supreme batting talents with more than three big hitters in their line up...but Rajasthan have only Watson...others like Rahane,Dravid,Hodge they can only support Watson,...they struggled to reach 132 yesterday...and they couldn't dominate the Mumbai or Chennai attacks in their previous matches... So its going to be MI Vs CSK final im looking forward ..

  • POSTED BY doubtingthomas on | May 23, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    I don't like the "especially for Rahul" part. There are still jokes doing the rounds for "we did it for Sachin". Hope Rahul doesn't go the same way.

  • POSTED BY concerned_cricketer on | May 23, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Congrats to Hodge and Rajasthan Royals in their achievement thus far! Mumbai is full of star power but is not entirely effective as a team. The exact opposite of RR. So I don't give Mumbai any chnace of making the final.

    In the final, beating CSK will be a tall order for RR. RR click very well as a team but so does CSK. Dravid Vs Dhoni two titans. It will eb an exciting match up of D(r)avid Vs Goliath. To recall Srikant's own visualisation, it will be like the India of 1983 World cup facing the mighty Windies. Dhoni still holds the edge because of his mastery over the short format. But being the smart man that he is, MSD will be the last person to count RR out.

    May the best team on the day (just on the day - not over the whole tournament) win!

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    I think the worst thing that has happened to West Indian cricket is winning the World T20 Cup. Everyone supported them because they revived the celebratory facet of the game with some incredible celebrations. It came across as a gesture of compassion and happiness, but since they have won the World T20 Cup, there has been this air of arrogance that has surfaced with players like Samuels, Sammy, Bravo, Pollard and Rampaul, which is disappointing to see. This. mind my words will lead to a catastrophe for a team which revived itself so beautifully from administrative chaos. Sammy giving cold shoulder to Dravid was just unacceptable. You have to learn to like the taste of your own flavour. That is being sporty. It is not that this problem persists with everyone, there are amazing gentlemen like Narine and Gayle who are unconditionally lovable. This is why I consider Australians the best world champions, because they didn't make it look like a lottery jackpot to the needy.

  • POSTED BY on | May 24, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    What an innings ! Hodge proved his worth and repaid the faith Dravid has shown on him. No wonder why he mentioned "Especially for Rahul" . This was an emotional week for the royals , you can feel it when you see the faces (Read: Sanju and Binny) . This victory will come as a balm for sure.

  • POSTED BY Darshi007 on | May 23, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    When Gilly does a medley of celebration everyone sees the funny side of it but when Hodge does it is portrayed as being ugly, unselfish. Why these double standards? By the way Gilly said in the presentation that he forgot to do the "Rock the baby" celebration of Sammy which he had planned. After the match when Dravid went ahead to shake hands with Sammy he actually brushed shoulders with Dravid and stormed into the dugout. That was very unprofessional. Yes, that celebration was for his daughter but it's not like he has got the copyright for it. In fact it is a very popular celebration which soccer players do. Even Bangladesh team did it to mock the Indians when they beat them in the 2007 World Cup. If Sammy can mock people then he has to have the heart to take back what he gives too.

  • POSTED BY kingkarthik on | May 23, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Superb innings. But really ugly to make it personal by trying to mock Sammy. Perhaps Hodge is still nursing insecurities and grudges at not being a major international star despite being greatly talented than the average trodler, Sammy who is a major international star. Had so much respect for this man, but on seeing his celebrations, i am troubled to question his humility..... Wonder what the out cry would have been if a local less established player had done the same.

  • POSTED BY ak111 on | May 23, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    There was nothing wrong in celebrating in the same way as Sammy. Sammy himself had brought that baby step repeatedly (not once) into the game and he has celebrated and mocked every time a wicket has fallen. Why should not he get it back. Also I could not be sure but at the end when Sammy was walking out of the field and Dravid tried to shake his hand Sammy did some thing or gave a cold shoulder Dravid looked back also with surprise. Hodge did exactly what was needed for the team, to break the sombre mood and bring the smiles back.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Hodge was really awesome. I am really thankful to him for taking Rahul and his team into the semis. Everything was so perfect..... If only he had not mimicked sammy. Copying someone's dance step is fine. Like the medley gilly did the other day. It was cute. But what hodge did, wasn't cute. He mocked sammy. Had he copied any other sammy dance step, would have been fine. But 'that' was sammy's personal celebration for his new born daughter. He shouldn't have mocked sammy's personal emotions. Nevertheless, a brilliant inning and I hope RD lifts the Ipl trophy this season. Halla Bol.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Hodge was really awesome. I am really thankful to him for taking Rahul and his team into the semis. Everything was so perfect..... If only he had not mimicked sammy. Copying someone's dance step is fine. Like the medley gilly did the other day. It was cute. But what hodge did, wasn't cute. He mocked sammy. Had he copied any other sammy dance step, would have been fine. But 'that' was sammy's personal celebration for his new born daughter. He shouldn't have mocked sammy's personal emotions. Nevertheless, a brilliant inning and I hope RD lifts the Ipl trophy this season. Halla Bol.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    To be fair to the game of Cricket, i dont think Rajasthan Royals have the enough power to beat Mumbai & Chennai...Both MI & CSK they have supreme batting talents with more than three big hitters in their line up...but Rajasthan have only Watson...others like Rahane,Dravid,Hodge they can only support Watson,...they struggled to reach 132 yesterday...and they couldn't dominate the Mumbai or Chennai attacks in their previous matches... So its going to be MI Vs CSK final im looking forward ..

  • POSTED BY doubtingthomas on | May 23, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    I don't like the "especially for Rahul" part. There are still jokes doing the rounds for "we did it for Sachin". Hope Rahul doesn't go the same way.

  • POSTED BY deathstar01 on | May 23, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Though I am a bit sad at SRH's defeat but delighted that Watson (my most fav cricketer) and co are into the semi (effectively) now.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 23, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    If not for the uncalled silly celebration from Hodge, each and everyone would be celebrating that beautiful innings of him.. It just took out some diamonds out of the crown yesterday, the most beautiful one - the respect you show on others too..

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    If life is to be fair, Rajasthan really don't have the fire power to win the finals.

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | May 23, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Life is always fair at the end and if it is not fair it is not the end. Fair end will be RD lifting IPL6 trophy at Eden which will compensate the 'emotion' and 'bereavement' of not only the legend but also his teammates and fans. we are behind you more than ever before Jammyyyy Halla Boll!!!!

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | May 23, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Life is always fair at the end and if it is not fair it is not the end. Fair end will be RD lifting IPL6 trophy at Eden which will compensate the 'emotion' and 'bereavement' of not only the legend but also his teammates and fans. we are behind you more than ever before Jammyyyy Halla Boll!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    If life is to be fair, Rajasthan really don't have the fire power to win the finals.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | May 23, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    If not for the uncalled silly celebration from Hodge, each and everyone would be celebrating that beautiful innings of him.. It just took out some diamonds out of the crown yesterday, the most beautiful one - the respect you show on others too..

  • POSTED BY deathstar01 on | May 23, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Though I am a bit sad at SRH's defeat but delighted that Watson (my most fav cricketer) and co are into the semi (effectively) now.

  • POSTED BY doubtingthomas on | May 23, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    I don't like the "especially for Rahul" part. There are still jokes doing the rounds for "we did it for Sachin". Hope Rahul doesn't go the same way.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    To be fair to the game of Cricket, i dont think Rajasthan Royals have the enough power to beat Mumbai & Chennai...Both MI & CSK they have supreme batting talents with more than three big hitters in their line up...but Rajasthan have only Watson...others like Rahane,Dravid,Hodge they can only support Watson,...they struggled to reach 132 yesterday...and they couldn't dominate the Mumbai or Chennai attacks in their previous matches... So its going to be MI Vs CSK final im looking forward ..

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Hodge was really awesome. I am really thankful to him for taking Rahul and his team into the semis. Everything was so perfect..... If only he had not mimicked sammy. Copying someone's dance step is fine. Like the medley gilly did the other day. It was cute. But what hodge did, wasn't cute. He mocked sammy. Had he copied any other sammy dance step, would have been fine. But 'that' was sammy's personal celebration for his new born daughter. He shouldn't have mocked sammy's personal emotions. Nevertheless, a brilliant inning and I hope RD lifts the Ipl trophy this season. Halla Bol.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Hodge was really awesome. I am really thankful to him for taking Rahul and his team into the semis. Everything was so perfect..... If only he had not mimicked sammy. Copying someone's dance step is fine. Like the medley gilly did the other day. It was cute. But what hodge did, wasn't cute. He mocked sammy. Had he copied any other sammy dance step, would have been fine. But 'that' was sammy's personal celebration for his new born daughter. He shouldn't have mocked sammy's personal emotions. Nevertheless, a brilliant inning and I hope RD lifts the Ipl trophy this season. Halla Bol.

  • POSTED BY ak111 on | May 23, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    There was nothing wrong in celebrating in the same way as Sammy. Sammy himself had brought that baby step repeatedly (not once) into the game and he has celebrated and mocked every time a wicket has fallen. Why should not he get it back. Also I could not be sure but at the end when Sammy was walking out of the field and Dravid tried to shake his hand Sammy did some thing or gave a cold shoulder Dravid looked back also with surprise. Hodge did exactly what was needed for the team, to break the sombre mood and bring the smiles back.

  • POSTED BY kingkarthik on | May 23, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Superb innings. But really ugly to make it personal by trying to mock Sammy. Perhaps Hodge is still nursing insecurities and grudges at not being a major international star despite being greatly talented than the average trodler, Sammy who is a major international star. Had so much respect for this man, but on seeing his celebrations, i am troubled to question his humility..... Wonder what the out cry would have been if a local less established player had done the same.