India Vs. Australia: Brad Hogg Mentoring Confidant Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav
The chief architect with the white-ball for India against Australia – Kuldeep Yadav – is currently getting expert tips from former wrist-spinner Brad Hogg during the ongoing One-day international series in the subcontinent.
“We’re close mates and he’s confided in me so it’d be pretty rude for me to take that information and give it away,” Hogg’s comments were published on Cricket Australia’s digital medium.
The wily customer Hogg has given a compliment to the promising left-arm unorthodox spinner while piling up the miseries for the Steven Smith-led side in the 50-over competition.
“The thing about Kuldeep I like is it’s not just his bowling, it’s his personality and him as a person.” Kuldeep added.
While lending his knowledge to the 23-year-old Kanpur-born Yadav, Hogg is currently enjoying his commentary stint for the broadcasting giant Star Sports.
Hogg, who sees himself in an atypical situation, is looking forward to imparting his knowledge among his wards and the staunch followers of the wrist spin bowling.
“So I’m caught in between a rock and a hard place a little bit, I guess,” Hogg remarked.
As Virat Kohli-led side has drubbed Australia 3-0, Yadav went on to pick seven wickets including a hat-trick at iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
“I’m not going to go into it because for me it’s confidential between me and Kuldeep,” Hogg further added.
The 46-year-old Western Australia-based bowling all-rounder Hogg, who was the part of two-time World Cup winning squad, has played a significant role while donning the national colours between 1996 and 2014, particularly in ODI format.
“I want that art to succeed and I want other kids to be bowling it. And we’re seeing a lot more kids bowling it and coming through the ranks,” Kuldeep asserted.
Following the tactical advice to his counterpart, Hogg shares a decent bound with Yadav since playing together in the widely-acclaimed Indian Premier League (IPL) for its franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, in the recent past.
“He [Yadav] shows a lot of respect for his elders and in his own right he’s established himself,” Kuldeep maintained.
Brimming with confidence, Kuldeep is certainly aiming to leave an impact, as Hogg feels the youngster has a lot way to go on the international circuit.
While showing the great regard for Hogg, who burst out into laughter, Yadav calls the former by ‘Sir’ which further demonstrates how highly the Indian wrist spinner regard experienced campaigner.
“It’s quite funny, we WhatsApp each other and he keeps calling me ‘Sir’ and I keep saying ‘mate, just call me Hoggy’,” Hogg stated.
Pertinently, owing to the passion and dedication for the wrist spin bowling, the left-arm bowling duo have had enjoyed the stay while talking thoroughly about the niceties of the slowing bowling to its length and the breadth in the sub-continent conditions.
“We bowl the same art and it’s not an art that’s prevalent in international cricket. The art is more important,” Hogg concluded.
Hogg played 123 ODIs, 15 Twenty20 internationals and seven Tests for Australia.
On the other side, Yadav played 10 T20Is, two Tests and two T20Is respectively.
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