Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube
Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube

Brad Hogg Reckons Rajasthan Royals Top Order Has To Take On The Strong In Form GT Pace Bowlers To Lay Foundation For A Win In Qualifier 1

Brad Hogg, the former Australian spin bowler believes that the Rajasthan Royals (RR) top-order comprising of the likes of Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Devdutt Padikkal will have to take on the Gujarat Titans’ (GT) opening bowlers to lay the foundation for a win. The two franchises of IPL 2022 will kickstart the knockout phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

In the playoffs, the bowling combination of Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal, and Alzarri Joseph will be a strong asset for the franchise. Mohammed Shami has taken 18 wickets with an average of 21.61 and 7.62 economy in 389 runs conceded, with 11 wickets coming in the powerplay. With an average of 21.88 and a 9.38 economy rate in six innings, Yash Dayal has conceded 197 runs and grabbed 9 wickets for the franchise.

Lockie Ferguson has taken twelve wickets in eleven games with an average of 32.00 and an 8.93 economy rate thus far in the season. Alzarri Joseph has conceded 271 runs and taken seven wickets for the Gujarat Titans in eight innings, with an average of 33.85 and an economy rate of 8.46.

Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson Image courtesy: Gujarat Titans/Twitter
Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson Image courtesy: Gujarat Titans/Twitter

Brad Hogg Praises Hardik Pandya For Leading Gujarat Titans Well And Opines That Lockie Ferguson And Rashid Khan May Be Used In The Powerplay

Veteran Indian pacer Mohammad Shami has been instrumental for the Gujarat-based franchise with the new ball. He has successfully extracted something off the wicket with consistent pace, scalping 18 wickets in the tournament. He has been well-aided by the likes of Lockie Ferguson and Yash Dayal in the pace bowling unit.

“Shami against Buttler, two slips in place with the ball swinging away, get him out early and you are on your way to victory. Ashwin will come in next to protect Samson from the extra pace. Get him out as well and suddenly they will be two down.”

“Hetmyer is one of the dominant players in the death overs. I think Rashid Khan with his variations will be perfect. Extra bounce and turn on a new wicket will help Rashid and he will have his man,” Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel.

Opining that RR batters will have to force Hardik Pandya to turn towards Lockie Ferguson and Rashid Khan in the powerplay phase itself, Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel:

“To beat GT, you will have to take on their opening bowlers. Try to force Pandya to use Rashid Khan and Lockie Ferguson in the powerplay. Otherwise, those two will control the middle overs and that is where GT have really dominated the game.”

Rashid Khan, the only spinner in Gujarat’s line-up has picked up 18 scalps in 14 games averaging 21.55 at an economy rate of 6.94. He is the leading wicket-taker for Gujarat besides Mohammed Shami. His best is 24/4 this season so far.

The franchise opted to rest Lockie Ferguson for a couple of games towards the end of the league stage. The upcoming Qualifier 1 contest at Eden Gardens could see the New Zealand pace bowler return, where he represented his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a handful of matches in IPL 2019. GT skipper Hardik Pandya is also an option with the ball despite only bowling 24 overs in 13 matches.

Praising the all-rounder for his leadership in the tournament so far, Brad Hogg said: “GT are led well by Pandya. Ever since knowing that they will make it to the playoffs, he has put them in more difficult situations, made it tougher for them, preparing them for that tough competition at the back end. For me, this is what makes them favorites.”

Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya at the jersey launch on Sunday. Twitter
Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya at the jersey launch on Sunday. Twitter

Having shown their prowess while chasing on a number of occasions in the initial stages of the tournament, Hardik Pandya took GT out of their comfort zone by deliberately batting first to get accustomed.

Brad Hogg Isn’t Surprised As The Best Performing Teams In The Powerplay Phase- Gujarat And Rajasthan Progressed To Qualifiers

RR and GT found themselves at the top end of the points table for the majority of the league stage of the tournament. The presence of stalwarts like Jos Buttler, Trent Boult, Mohammad Shami, and Shubman Gill allowed the top two sides to get a dominant start with both bat and ball.

Terming their dominance in the powerplay as the biggest reason behind their success, Brad Hogg said: “No wonder GT and RR are playing the Qualifier 1. They were the best performing teams in the powerplay phase of every game with both bat and ball. You win that phase, you win 80 percent of your games generally.”

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

Hardik Pandya and Sanju Samson will play their first playoff matches as captains later tonight. The winner of Qualifier 1 will advance to the final of IPL 2022.

Mitchell Swepson. Getty Images.
Mitchell Swepson. Getty Images.

Mitchell Swepson Will Make His Long Awaited Test Debut In 2nd Test Against Pakistan

Mitchell Swepson, Australia’s leg-spinner will make his long-awaited Test debut against Pakistan on Saturday, with skipper Pat Cummins confirming Australia’s XI for the second Test of the three-match series.

With the surface in Karachi expected to aid spin, Pat Cummins announced that Mitchell Swepson will play his first Test match, with fast bowler Josh Hazlewood the man to miss out.

Josh Hazlewood (Pic Source: Twitter)
Josh Hazlewood (Pic Source: Twitter)

Mitchell Swepson Will Make His Long-Awaited Test Debut In 2nd Test Against Pakistan Confirms Skipper Pat Cummins

Mitchell Swepson first toured with Australia’s Test side five years ago and has consistently been Nathan Lyon’s spin deputy in the past few years, but has not been able to make the final XI. The Queenslander will be the first frontline leg-spinner to debut in Tests for Australia’s men’s team since Bryce McGain in 2009.

“He’s pumped and to be honest, we’re all pumped for ‘Swepo’,” Cummins said.

“It’s been a long time running drinks over the last couple of years, but he’s absolutely ready. He’s been a huge part of the squad, even though he hasn’t been playing. So we’re really excited to see him get a chance. The wicket here is a little bit drier and historically a bit friendlier for the spinners.”

Mitchell Swepson. © Cricket Australia
Mitchell Swepson. © Cricket Australia

Mitchell Swepson has played 7 T20Is and has picked 11 wickets averaging 15.72 with a best of 3/12. He has also played 51 first class games picking 151 scalps at 34.55. He has also picked 28 scalps in 33 List A games and 64 scalps in 61 T20s.

Mitchell Swepson Indebted To Late Shane Warne For Passing On Tactical And Technical Tips

The drought-breaking inclusion of a leg-spinner comes less than a week after the man many consider the greatest slow leg-spin bowler of all time, Shane Warne, died suddenly in Thailand. The spin legend mentored Mitchell Swepson at various points through his career, passing on tactical and technical tips, perhaps most notably during the 2017-18 summer when Shane Warne advised him to slow his approach to the crease.

“Never got to properly thank this man for his influence on my cricket career,” Swepson posted in a social media tribute following Warne’s death on Friday. “He has made me push myself day in and day out without ever knowing it. Truly the greatest cricketer I’ve ever seen play the game.”

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Australia trialled a handful of wrist-spinners in the aftermath of Shane Warne’s Test retirement in 2007 but, until off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s emergence, struggled to come to terms with the gaping hole left by arguably cricket’s greatest bowler.

Stuart MacGill played just four of his 44 Tests after Shane Warne hung up the boots before injuries curtailed his career, while Brad Hogg (three post-Shane Warne Tests), Beau Casson (one Test in 2008 against West Indies) and Bryce McGain (one in 2009) were all tried and discarded.

Australia’s last Test victory in Pakistan in 1998 had come in Rawalpindi, with an off-spinner and a leg-spinner in their attack. Leg-spinner Stuart MacGill claimed nine wickets for the match and Colin Miller took three, although Colin Miller, who was on debut, bowled both seam up and offspin.

Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson

Jason Roy
Jason Roy (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jason Roy Not A Huge Loss For Gujarat Titans, Says Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg, former Australian spinner,  feels that Jason Roy’s decision to pull out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 should not affect Gujarat Titans (GT) significantly. According to Brad Hogg, Gujarat Titans has enough overseas batting resources to make up for the England opener’s absence.

31-year-old Jason Roy was purchased by the Gujarat franchise at the mega auction last month for his base price of ₹2 crores. However, he decided to pull out of the IPL 2022 edition citing bubble fatigue.

Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube
Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube

Brad Hogg: Jason Roy’s Pullout Not A Huge Loss For Gujarat Titans

Reacting to the England batter’s decision to not take part in this year’s event, Brad Hogg claimed that Matthew Wade could take his spot at the top of the order.

He wrote on Twitter: “Roy not a huge loss for @gujarat_titans Wade can cover as an opener and there is still some good overseas batting stocks on the market. #IPL.”

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (PA AAP)

With the dashing England opener pulling out, Matthew Wade and Shubman Gill could be the opening combination for the Hardik Pandya-led franchise. Shubman Gill was picked up by Gujarat Titans ahead of the auction as a draft pick. Primarily known for his hard-hitting skills at the top of the order, Gujarat Titans could replace Jason Roy with Austalia’s Chris Lynn or Ireland’s Paul Stirling.

Despite a recent dip in form, Chris Lynn is a proven campaigner in the T20 circuit around the world. Paul Stirling, on the other hand, could be an astute addition to the given role. Having represented Islamabad United in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League 2022, Paul Stirling had scored 200 runs in six innings at an average and strike rate of 33.33 and 176.99 respectively including a couple of half-centuries.

Other possible contenders are New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, Australia’s Ben McDermott, and Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz. If Titans are to include all-rounders based on current form, they need not look beyond Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka or Namibia all-rounder David Wiese.

While Dasun Shanaka had been his team’s major contributor in the recently concluded T20I series in India, David Wiese most recently performed a crucial role to power Lahore Qalandars to a maiden PSL title.

Jason Roy Wants To Spend Some Quality Time With His Family As He Opted Out Of IPL 2022

Explaining the reason behind his decision to pull out of IPL 2022, Jason Roy said that bubble life has taken a toll on him. Hence, he wants to spend some time with his family.

Releasing a statement on Twitter, the right-hander wrote: “It’s with a heavy heart I have decided to pull out of this year’s tournament. I want to thank the management and the captain Hardik for putting your faith in me and picking me in the auction.”

Jason Roy. (Photo: Twitter)
Jason Roy. (Photo: Twitter)

He added: “However, with everything going on in the world over the last 3 years it’s added up and taken its toll on me. I feel it’s only right I spend some quality time with my family.

“As well as spending time working on myself and my game over the next couple of months leading into a very busy year. I will be following each game of the Titans and backing them to lift the trophy in their first year of the tournament.”

The England cricketer recently represented Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He played six matches, hammering 303 runs at an average of 50.50 and a strike rate of 170.22.

Jason Roy has accumulated 329 runs in 13 IPL games at an average of 29.90 and a strike rate of 129.01, including two half-centuries. He has previously played for Gujarat Lions (2017), Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) in 2018, and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last season  (2021).

Only Englishman in the squad, Roy was part of the Gujarat Titans’ 23-member squad which comprised of seven other overseas players namely Rashid Khan, David Miller, Matthew Wade, Dominic Drakes, Lockie Ferguson, Alzarri Joseph, and Noor Ahmad.

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

Brad Hogg Wants Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma To Open At 2022 T20I World Cup

Brad Hogg, the former Australia spinner feels Virat Kohli should be drafted at the top with Rohit Sharma, and Shreyas Iyer should bat at the No. 3 position. On Sunday, Shreyas Iyer himself expressed his desire to bat at the No. 3 spot, the place which is normally reserved for Virat Kohli. The Indian team currently has a wide range of alternatives to choose from.

With a wide talent pool, the team management faces a happy selection dilemma in the lead-up to this year’s T20I World Cup.

The opening mix itself has players like Ruturaj Gaikwad waiting in the wings and the phenomenal run of Shreyas Iyer further complicates the top-order selection. Ishan Kishan opened alongside skipper Rohit Sharma in the just-concluded T20I assignments against the West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma– Twitter

Brad Hogg Wants Virat Kohli As An Opener At 2022 T20I World Cup

The in-form batter Shreyas Iyer hit three consecutive fifties against Sri Lanka after getting a chance in the side due to Virat Kohli being given a bio-bubble break. Brad Hogg also weighed in on the all-rounder picks and backed Venkatesh Iyer’s inclusion in the case of Hardik Pandya’s unavailability.

“For me, if you’re going to have Kohli in the team, he should be opening the batting with Rohit. I’d like to have Shreyas Iyer coming in at No.3 and Pant at No.4. Have to try to get KL Rahul in there as well at some stage. If Pandya is fit, he and Jadeja can feature at No.6 and 7,” Hogg said on his YouTube channel.

Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“I’d have Siraj, Bumrah and Shami are the quicks. Chahal will be the lead spinner. Suryakumar Yadav coming in at No.5. If Pandya is not fit, then Venkatesh Iyer coming in at No.6,” said Brad Hogg.

But with the return of prominent faces such as currently rested Virat Kohli and injured KL Rahul, head coach Rahul Dravid will have serious head-scratching to do for selecting the perfect team combination for the T20 showpiece event. India opened with the KL Rahul-Rohit Sharma duo in the previous edition of the tournament.

While the idea to open with Virat Kohli remains far-fetched, Virat Kohli had opened for India last year in a T20I against England, and the experiment reaped rewards. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had put together a blistering opening stand of 94 runs in merely 9 overs, as India put a mammoth total of 224/2.

Brad Hogg Reckons It’s Going to Be Difficult To Beat India At T20I World Cup 2022

India endured a mediocre run in the last 2021 T20I World Cup as they crashed out of the event in its group stage. But Brad Hogg believes the current team has got the potential to beat hosts Australia in their own backyard in the forthcoming 2022 T20I World cup.

“It is going to be very difficult to beat India at the T20 World Cup. Depends on what venues India are going to be playing on, because that might determine their fate. If they end up having to play more on the bouncier surfaces, and who they play on those pitches, it could be a key factor.

“It’s the only thing that is going to stop India from winning the T20 World Cup. Other than that, I think they have got the team to beat Australia down here and any other team in Australian soil,” Brad Hogg elaborated.

Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube
Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube

The 27-year-old Shreyas Iyer smashed 204 runs in three matches without being dismissed even once and was duly adjudged the Player of the Series. He was not dismissed across the three matches, hitting 57* off 28, 74* off 44, and 73* off 45.

Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube
Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube

Brad Hogg Reckons India’s Pace Attack Depth In T20I Is Exceptional But India Must Focus On Death Bowling, Spin In Middle Overs

Brad Hogg, the former Australian spinner praised the Indian fast bowling talent pool, which has been on display in the recent past.

The likes of Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, and Mohammad Siraj have performed well across the last two series under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. Brad Hogg reckoned that India will be a tough side to beat in ICC T20 World Cup 2022.

Harshal Patel BCCI
Harshal Patel BCCI

Brad Hogg: India’s Pace Attack Depth In T20I Is Exceptional

With the upcoming 2022 T20I World Cup slated to take place in Australia, the onus is on the pacers. The hunt for a potential third seamer to partner alongside Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami is turning out to be a difficult call. The rising pacers also bring variety to the table, which in turn broadens India’s pace unit as a whole.

Admitting that he is finding it difficult to include swing bowlers into the playing XI, Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel: “India’s pace attack depth in T20 cricket is exceptional.

“If I’m picking a team for the T20 WC for India, I’m going to find it hard to put Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar in there with the way Siraj, Avesh Khan, and Harshal Patel have been bowling.”

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

Brad Hogg added: “They’ve got the best spin depth as well. Their batters after the top 2 are just exploding. Iyer, how good is he? Best selection in the IPL Auction.”

Indian pacers bowled their hearts out on the pacy track in Dharamsala but endured a hard time in the death overs. Bowling in tandem with the new ball, Avesh Khan and Mohammad Siraj bowled the entire powerplay, conceding only 18 runs in return with 3 wickets as well.

Brad Hogg also said that it is tough to induct Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar into the playing XI with the presence of pacers like Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan, and Harshal Patel.

Brad Hogg Thinks Indian Spin Can Have A Bit More Variety As He Reckons India Should Focus On Death Bowling And Spin In Middle Overs

Despite a record-equalling 12th consecutive win in the shortest format, Rohit Sharma noted that there are a couple of areas for improvement. Brad Hogg feels that India should focus on their death bowling and spin bowling in the middle overs.

While batters bagged the limelight with big knocks, bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah bowled some good spells to outplay Sri Lanka in the series. Harshal Patel has been primed to handle the death overs with the ball for the team alongside Jasprit Burmah.

Hogg added: “I think Rohit Sharma will be looking at a couple of areas in the death bowling and spin in the middle overs. I think he thinks that the spin can have a little bit more variety. Kuldeep Yadav and Jadeja, very good quality bowlers, but when under pressure, opposition teams are able to get to them.”

Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin
Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin

Hogg concluded: “When Sri Lankans swept Kuldeep, he did not really have a ball to counter that. When it is not turning, Jadeja sometimes bowls a little quicker, it gets easier to hit down the ground, so that’s a little area there. India are going to be tough to beat in the T20 World Cup.”

The Men In Blue had experimented with Varun Chakravarthy, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Rahul Chahar in the previous World Cup, despite the trio not being in the plans for too long. This time around, the side is carefully experimenting without compromising on the result to put out their best playing XI for the 2022 T20I World Cup.

Ravindra Jadeja did not bowl in the third and final T20I versus Sri Lanka on Sunday at Dharamshala as he explained the idea was to give as much match practice to Ravi Bishnoi and Kuldeep Yadav.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2021
David Warner[photo: Twitter]

I Don’t See David Warner Going For Anything More Than 4 Crore – Brad Hogg Makes A Bold Prediction Ahead Of The IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has made a bold prediction ahead of the mega auction as he believes that Australia opener David Warner won’t be getting more than INR 4 crore.

Notable that David Warner is among the 10 marquee players who will go under the hammer right at the beginning of the auction as he set his base price of 2 crores. Warner was previously associated with the Sunrisers Hyderabad but with the poor numbers in last season, the franchise decided to part ways with the star opener. He also led them to a title win in the 2016 season.

David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner was previously associated with Sunrisers Hyderabad

Over the years, David Warner has proved himself as the most successful overseas batsman as he scored 5449 runs in 150 matches with a strike rate of 139.96 which included 4 hundreds and 50 fifties. He was also named the ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the last T20 World Cup when Australia won their maiden title.

The mega auction is all set to take place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. On his youtube channel, Brad Hogg has tried to pick the brain of the franchises as he made some predictions for the auction. Hogg believes that Shami will be high in demand as he would get more than 5 crores.

Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL), Rajvardhan Hangargekar
Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)

“All 10 teams will be very aggressive going after Shami, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is up about the 5 Cr mark or more. Don’t see Warner going for anything more than 4 Crore,” Brad Hogg said.

Shami was previously associated with Punjab Kings as he led their attack for 3 years. In 42 matches, he picked 58 wickets with an economy of 8.25. He has been consistently part of India’s test team but he hasn’t played any white-ball game since the T20 World Cup.

Hogg also suggested that India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin would fetch a good amount. Ashwin has been part of the Delhi Capitals for the past two years as he picked 20 wickets in 28 matches with an economy of 7.54

Ashwin, very economical with the ball, good lower-order batter, last year did not pick up the wickets, but still a very valuable player. I think he will go for 5-7 crores,” he added.

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Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brad Hogg Predicts Faf du Plessis Will Be The Most Sought Out Player In The IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Brad Hogg, the former Australian spinner feels several franchises will line up to acquire the services of Proteas opener Faf du Plessis in IPL 2022 mega auctions. The South African batter finished second in the IPL 2021 Orange Cap race, falling only a run short of fellow opener Ruturaj Gaikwad’s tally.

The 37-year-old was not retained by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. Purely a franchise cricketer at this point in time, Faf du Plessis continues to be in good touch.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brad Hogg Reckons Opener Faf du Plessis Could Go For 7-11 Crores

Brad Hogg feels that while CSK will look to acquire their former player, they will face a stern test from the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Hogg said: “Du Plessis will be the most sought out player in the auction, because of his leadership skills. RCB, PBKS and KKR and CSK will go for him. He has leadership skills as well, which is why the other three teams will look to bring him in.”

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

“He is very consistent at the top of the order as well. I reckon he could go for 7 Crore, could blow out to 11 crores, after especially what he did last year.”

The 37-year-old, despite being in sensational form in the build-up to the tournament, which included his 633-run IPL 2021 with season champions Chennai Super Kings was not included in the South African squad for the 2021 T20I World Cup.

Faf Du Plessis accumulated 277 runs in the Caribbean Premier League, followed by smashing 633 for the CSK in a title-winning campaign. However, it wasn’t good enough to get him a spot for the T20I World Cup.

Brad Hogg Reckons Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammed Shami, David Warner, Ravichandran Ashwin, And Trent Boult May Fetch 4-5 crores And More

Brad Hogg also predicted the fate of other marquee players at the auction. The former player believes a race involving three franchises could be in store for former Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer. He noted that his former Delhi Capitals teammates pacers Mohammad Shami and Kagiso Rabada would be hot properties at the auction as well and would fetch a lot of money.

He continued: “Iyer is a consistent player, controls the innings, but also with his experience in captaining in the IPL, I think PBKS and RCB will go for Iyer, KKR might even have a dab as well. I think he will go for about 4 crores.”

“Rabada, always bowling in those dangerous situations and he does the job well, picks up wickets, bowls with a reasonable economy. I think he should go for 4-5 Cr.”

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada (Image Credit: Twitter)

“All 10 teams will be very aggressive going after Shami, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is up about the 5 Cr mark or more. Don’t see Warner going for anything more than 4 Cr.”

Brad Hogg feels due to Pat Cummins’ newfound responsibility as Australia’s Test captain, franchises could be hesitant to bid for him. However, he reckons the pacer’s quality is likely to generate a bid of up to INR 7.5 crore. The former spinner also believes both Ravichandran Ashwin and Trent Boult will fetch at least INR 5 crore in the IPL 2022 auction.

The IPL mega auction will take place on February 12 and 13. The 15th edition of the competition is scheduled to begin on March 27.

Brad Hogg’s Predictions In IPL 2022 Mega Auctions:-

  • Faf du Plessis- Rs 7-11 crore
  • Shikhar Dhawan- Rs 7.5 crore
  • Trent Boult- Rs 5 crore
  • R Ashwin- Rs 5-7 crore
  • Pat Cummins- Rs 7.5 crore
  • Quinton de Kock- Rs 5 crore
  • Shreyas Iyer- Rs 4 crore
  • Kagiso Rabada- Rs 4-5 crore
  • Mohd Shami- Rs 5 crore
  • David Warner- Rs 4 crore
Brad Hogg

Can’t Believe Dean Elgar Survived That LBW Review – Brad Hogg

Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg also opined his views on the DRS controversy which happened during the third test match between India and South Africa on the third day. Hogg said that he couldn’t believe how Elgar got a reprieve off that LBW review as it looked plumb in front.

In the 21st over of South Africa’s second innings, Dean Elgar was adjudged LBW against the bowling of Ashwin but after some discussion with his batting partner Keegan Petersen, he decided to review the decision. After a few replays, it looked very plumb, but what hawk-eye projection showed, left everyone in shock. Umpire Marais Erasmus himself was seen saying, “That’s impossible!”

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

Brad Hogg also opined the same as he tweeted, “Can’t believe Elgar survived LBW review. Not right when you bowl the right length, hit batsman under the knee roll & ball is going over the stumps. Side on view needed to be looked out on such instances. Hard on the umpire. Again DRS is for the howlers not this. #INDvSA” 

“DRS is for the howlers, not for this”- Brad Hogg

However, the controversy didn’t stop there as Indian players made a series of comments hitting out the host broadcaster ‘Supersport TV’

You should find better ways to win, SuperSport,” Ashwin said coming close to the stump mic.

Kohli was furious as he kicked the ground in anger when the hawk-eye projection showed that the ball is going over the stumps. He also joined the chatter as he came close to the stumps to send his message to the broadcasters, “focus on your team as well when they shine the ball. not just the opposition! Trying to catch people all the time!”

“Certainly conducting a fair game here DRS” he mocked.

Other Indian players also joined the bandwagon as there were a series of comments from all close-in fielders.

Whole country playing against eleven guys,” said KL Rahul.

“Not good. You are making the sport look bad now, making the sport look bad,” said his opening partner Mayank Agarwal.

Though at the end of the day, India got the wicket of Dean Elgar with the help of DRS as he was caught down the leg side. South Africa finished the day with a score of 101/2 as they need another 111 runs to win.

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Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Rishabh Pant Entertaining But Frustrating To Watch Said Brad Hogg; The Keeper Was Dismissed For 27 In 3rd Test

Rishabh Pant faced immense criticism over his shot-selection during the second innings of the Johannesburg Test against South Africa. Rishabh Pant had arrived at the crease when India was in a dire need of a partnership.

However, South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen’s attempts to get under Rishabh Pant’s skin worked in favour of the South Africans, as the Indian batter went for an adventurous lofted shot over covers and nicked the ball for a simple catch behind the wickets.

Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP
Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP

Rishabh Pant Can Play Under Pressure As He’s Entertaining But Frustrating To Watch: Brad Hogg

The former left-arm spinner, citing his performances from the Test series in Australia in 2020/21, said that Rishabh Pant can perform under pressure, and conversations with the Indian youngster must be more psychological than technical. Brad Hogg feels that Rishabh Pant was in a different state of mind when he made a wrong and controversial shot selection during the second innings of the Johannesburg Test. He was out on duck in that innings and was in a limelight after that because of his shot selection.

“He’s entertaining but very frustrating to watch – either making a big score or having a brain fade and getting out early which he did in the Johannesburg Test when the team really needed him to lift. Now, we know that he has a reasonable technique… he can play under pressure. He did it in Australia at the Gabba. But in South Africa, he was put under the pump. He walked out of the crease, which tells you that he is a little bit twitchy. He was receiving a few verbals, you could see there was a bit of eagerness. It wasn’t the Rishabh Pant that we know,” Hogg said on his official YouTube channel.

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

Rishabh Pant is in limelight because of his shot selection in Johannesburg Test in the second innings. Ex-Australian spinner Brad Hogg feels that Rahul Dravid shouldn’t talk with him regarding the shot selection he made during the second Test against South Africa.

Rahul Dravid Would Have A Word About Rishabh Pant’s Shot Selection But Brad Hogg Reckons He Shouldn’t Be Spoken To

Following the end of the game which saw India concede a seven-wicket defeat, the team’s head coach Rahul Dravid said he would be having “conversations” with Rishabh Pant over his shot-selection. However, former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has insisted that Rishabh Pant’s problem goes deeper than “technique or tactics.”

“Rahul Dravid has come out and said that he’s going to have a word about the shot selection with him. I don’t think he needs to do that – technique or tactics. Stay away from that because we know he’s got the goods to deliver. It’s more psychological. Was he in a positive or a negative frame of mind? Did the verbals get to him? Those are the things you should be looking at. When he’s on the song, I guarantee you that he’s in a different state of mind. In this innings he was in a negative state of mind,” explained Hogg.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

In the third and final Test of the series, Rishabh Pant started his innings with an aggressive approach again and conceded a soft dismissal when he was on 27. Despite some controversies regarding his selection for the last Test, he has been named on the Indian team sheet for the Cape Town Test which is a series decider. He sliced the ball to gully to be out for 27.

Rishabh Pant has played a significant role in some of Team India’s most memorable wins in the last year or so. The keeper-batsman had a lean patch in Test cricket since his last hundred at Ahmedabad. In 4-match series in England, he scored just 146 runs in 7 innings while in this ongoing series he scored just 86 runs in 5 innings averaging 17.2.

Rishabh Pant had scored 274 runs at an average of 68.50 in five innings for India against Australia in 2020/21 Down Under. The keeper continued his form against England at home where he hit 270 runs at an average of 54.00 as he was the second-highest run-getter for India in the series.

Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, India Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

Brad Hogg Picks Ravichandran Ashwin As His Best Bowler For The Year 2021

Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has picked Ravichandran Ashwin as his best bowler in 2021. Ashwin picked 54 wickets in 9 Tests last year with an average of 16.64 which included three fifers.

Speaking on his Youtube Channel, Brad Hogg reviewed the year 2021 as he picked Joe Root as his no-brainer choice for best batter for the year 2021. Root scored 1708 runs with an average of 61 which included 6 hundreds. But as far as bowling is concerned, Brad Hogg stated that India’s off-spinner was head and shoulders above the rest.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin picked 54 wickets in 9 Tests in 2021:

“Spin to win, he’s the number 1,” Brad Hogg said.

“Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali, 47 and 41 wickets for them (respectively). They have been carrying Pakistan in the bowling department, so you can’t beat those 2,” he added.

Notable that Ravichandran Ashwin also made a comeback for T20Is after 4 long years and he returned with figures of 9 wickets in 5 games as he played in T20 World Cup and a home series against New Zealand.

Shaheen Shah Afridi picked 47 wickets in 9 Test matches as he picked a fifer against West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. On the other side his fellow pacer Hasan Ali also returned with exceptional figures as he picked 41 wickets in 8 Test matches with an average of 16.07 as the 27-yeat old returned with 5 fifers- 2 each against South Africa and Zimbabwe while one was against Bangladesh last month.

Shaheen Shah Afridi AFP/Getty Images
Shaheen Shah Afridi AFP/Getty Images

The duo also had exceptional figures in T20Is as well. Shaheen Shah Afridi picked 23 wickets in 21 games with an economy of 7.86 which included his famous 3/31 against arch-rivals India which scripted Pakistan’s first-ever win against India in a World Cup game. While Hasan Ali got 25 wickets in 18 T20Is with an economy of 8.07.

Other noteworthy mentions for the best Test bowler would be Jimmy Anderson as the 39-year old picked 39 wickets last year with an exceptional average of 21 which included two fifers as well.

Axar Patel also created havoc in his debut year as a Test cricketer as he picked 36 wickets in 5 games with an average of 11.86 which included 5 fifers.

Also read Ross Taylor Equals Daniel Vettori’s Record To Become New Zealand’s Most Capped Test Cricketer

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