Brad Hogg, former Australian cricketer reckons Indian opener Rohit Sharma might struggle in the Test series against England. The left-arm wrist-spinner pointed out how drastically the 34-year-old’s average drops when he bats away from home in Tests.
Brad Hogg believes the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad are excellent exponents of swing bowling and could trouble Rohit Sharma with the new ball. The opener has had problems facing swing bowling in the past and that doesn’t give Brad Hogg a lot of confidence in Rohit Sharma.
Brad Hogg Will Be Very Surprised If Rohit Sharma Has A Big Impact In The England Test Series
In a video on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg explained why he feels Rohit Sharma might just have a mediocre Test series in England.
“He Rohit Sharma is in India, he averages 79 (in Tests). But when he goes away, he only averages 27. Then we go to England, it even gets worse – it’s just 24. I think he is going to have a few issues against the likes of Broad and Anderson, especially opening the batting against the Duke ball. I will be very surprised if he has a big impact in this series,” said Brad Hogg.
Rohit Sharma has looked like a completely different batsman since he started opening in Test cricket from 2019 onwards. He also looked quite comfortable at the position in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and got starts in both innings.
Rohit Sharma’s superb performances as an opener in the Test series against South Africa in 2019 made his way into the team, and he solidified the position with consistent starts over the past two years.
Brad Hogg: The Upcoming Test Series Against England Could Determine Rohit Sharma As A Test Cricketer
The 34-year-old also looked good in the two Tests he played Down Under and Brad Hogg feels this might keep Rohit Sharma in good stead ahead of such an important series. However, the 50-year-old also believes the upcoming series could determine whether or not Rohit Sharma will become a true Indian great in Tests.
In the Australia Test series, Rohit Sharma gave a good start for India after joining the squad for the last 2 Tests. He hit 26, 52, 44, and 7 but threw his wicket away after looking good to go big. India won the series 2-1 after coming back from behind to beat Australia at the Gabba.
“We all know how good he (Rohit) is and this has been one of the kryptonite in his game at Test level, performing away from India. England probably for an Indian batsman, has the hardest conditions to adjust to. He has had plenty of time over there so if he is going to do it, it has got to be this time. I think this will define him as a Test cricketer,” Brad Hogg signed off.
Rohit Sharma has amassed 1094 runs in 12 Tests averaging 60.77 in the WTC cycle of 2019-21. He has scored four centuries. His highest score came against South Africa when he smashed 212 runs in an innings. His first outing as a Test match opener was against South Africa at home and he smashed a century in both innings of the match and followed it with a double century as well.
Rohit Sharma has scored 1094 runs as an opener in 19 innings averaging 60.78 and has 4 tons including his career-best score of 212. Rohit Sharma hit a purple patch in the World Cup 2019 scoring 648 runs in 9 games at an average of 81.00 with five hundred and a half-century. During the tournament, he became the first batsman in World Cup history to score five centuries in a single edition.