Rajasthan Royals middle-order batsman Brad Hodge has been ruled out of the final of the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 due to a knee injury. The Royals coach Paddy Upton confirmed the news to ESPNCricinfo. The Australian T20 veteran hurt his knee during the first semi-final against the Chennai Super Kings on Friday.
Hodge, 38, had collided with Shane Watson while fielding in the final over of match, which they won by 14 runs at the Sawai Mansigh Stadium in Jaipur. The news comes as a body blow to the inaugural Indian Premier League champions as Hodge was in sublime big hitting form during the course of the CLT20.