Former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg, who is seen as the fittest cricketer in Twenty20 Big Bash League tournament in Australia, has lavished praise on Indian Test veteran Ravichandran Ashwin by saying he is a fan of the off-spinner, especially the way he bowls in Test format.
“[Ravichandran] Ashwin is probably the best off-spinner in world cricket today. I am a fan of Ashwin and love the way he goes about his business,” Hogg was quoted as saying by TOI.
The slow left-arm chinaman bowler Hogg said he would like to sit down with him in order to make any further statement on his bowling.
“I can’t really comment on his bowling without having a chat with him,” Hogg said.
Hogg further stated the challenges would make one better when a player faces a tough situation during the game.
“Each player goes through the phases which challenge you. As a cricketer, you do want to be in situations that test you and when you begin to come out of it, you begin to relish the sport even further,” Hogg added.
Hogg, who had also been the part of Indian Premier franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, also tried his hand in commentary during the domestic season at home.
“Ashwin is a class act. I am sure he will come back quickly to be the sort of bowler we have been used to seeing him. He hasn’t had the kind of tournament he would’ve liked, but he is someone who would be working double hard to dominate the scene,” Hogg further said.
The Western Australia-born Hogg, who retired in 2008 from Test cricket and One-day Internationals, appeared to regret his retirement decision.
“Yes, I do regret leaving the game at that point of time. I was part of the Australian side when I decided to call it quits. Life is a mystery and you make those decisions and you live with those. At that time, I was trying to save my marriage, and decided to retire,” Hogg revealed.
Hogg has also thrown some light on his fitness and training process.
“I train very hard. If I wake up and find that I am behind the younger guys in the group, then I don’t deserve to be in the side. I concentrate on what I eat and how I train,” Hogg concluded.