India-born South African cricketer Gulam Bodi mocked Jonathan Trott for withdrawing from the on-going Ashes series due to a stress-related illness. Soon after England held a press conference announcing Trott's decision to withdraw, Bodi tweeted, 'Hahaha, joke of the day! Trott to go home frm the ashes due to stress illness! Bloody man up n take the heat! Stop running for cover.'
In the 381-run defeat in the first Test at Brisbane against Australia, Trott came in for severe criticism due to his inability to play Mitchell Johnson's short-pitched deliveries. However, the criticism was replaced by shock and sympathy from across the world following Trott's revelations. 2005 Ashes-winning England captain Michael Vaughan said he felt guilty for criticizing the 32-year-old's performances.
Bodi subsequently apologized for making light of Trott's condition and deleted his previous tweet.
Id like to apologize to jonathan trott & any1 i may hav offended wit my completely insensitive comment, i wish him a speedy recovery- Gulam Bodi (@Gulam_Bodi) November 25, 2013
Bodi was born in Hathuran, a village near Surat, but moved to South Africa as a teenager. He has played two ODIs for South Africa against Zimbabwe in 2007, scoring a half century. He also played a Twenty20 international against the West Indies in December 2007. Bodi is a T20 specialist and has represented South African Pro20 side Highveldt Lions and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.