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Brad Hogg Against Suryakumar Yadav Replacing Ajinkya Rahane In Starting 11 In 4th Test

Brad Hogg, a former Australian spinner is against the idea of India potentially replacing Ajinkya Rahane in the middle-order. There have been talks surrounding Ajinkya Rahane’s poor form as of late, with either one of Suryakumar Yadav or Hanuma Vihari taking up his spot.

Ajinkya Rahane has struggled with inconsistency over a large portion of his career, and the recent string of low scores has left him with more concern. His current form mirrors the state of the Indian middle-order at the moment, as runs have been hard to come by. Over the course of three Tests so far, Ajinkya Rahane has compiled a solitary fifty in the second innings of the Lord’s Test.

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: India Needs Experience Of Ajinkya Rahane As Move To Axe Him Would Be Career Changing

Brad Hogg notes how drastic a potential change would be since, if brought in, Suryakumar Yadav will have to be given enough opportunities as well, which leaves Ajinkya Rahane out in the cold.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg said: “There is a big thought and I’m thinking it as well to bring Surykumar Yadav in at number 5 in place of Ajinkya Rahane, but once you do that, Ajinkya Rahane is out for good, it is a career-changing move and you’ve got to give Suryakumar Yadav a number of opportunities. I don’t think you want to pull the cord yet , you need that experience.”

Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Suryakumar Yadav was brought in as a late injury replacement along with Prithvi Shaw. The Mumbai Indians batsman has been in good form as of late but has never played the longest format for India, and the challenge only increases in complexity, given the conditions in England.

While Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have played 14 Tests each since the beginning of 2020 and average 26.25 and 27.56 runs per innings, Virat Kohli averages a poor 24.68 in 11 Tests. India’s No. 3, 4, and 5 have just one century between them during this period – Ajinkya Rahane’s 112 in Melbourne – when the team has played seven Tests against England, four against Australia, and three against New Zealand.

Brad Hogg: Inclusion Of Aggressive Suryakumar Yadav Will Expose Lower Order

Brad Hogg feels that the inclusion of Suryakumar Yadav will hamper the team’s combination and will impact the stability of the batting order as well.

Brad Hogg added: “Having Suryakumar Yadav and Pant coming in together at 5 and 6 exposes that lower order because both players are aggressive.”

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

India will have to assess their current playing XI and also take the playing conditions into account following a barrage of poor decisions right from the toss in the third Test at Leeds. The fourth Test starting today (September 2) will be contested at The Oval. The series is currently tied at 1-1.

Suryakumar Yadav or Hanuma Vihari might come into the Indian team’s scheme of things if they consider playing an extra batsman. The latter should ideally be preferred in such a scenario, considering the fighting knock he played at Sydney. Although he is yet to play Tests, Suryakumar Yadav has a compelling record in first-class cricket, scoring 5326 runs in 77 first-class games at 44.01, with 14 tons.

Shardul Thakur and Ravichandran Ashwin are likely to be added to the Indian playing XI.

India Likely Playing XI For 4th Test Against England: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

Irfan Pathan and Rahul Dravid. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
Irfan Pathan and Rahul Dravid. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Rahul Dravid Getting Associated With NCA Best Thing To Happen In Indian Cricket, Says Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan, former India left-arm pacer has termed former cricketer and teammate Rahul Dravid’s decision to head the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru as the “best thing that has happened to Indian cricket”.

Rahul Dravid recently reapplied for the position of Head of Cricket at the NCA after his tenure expired. With no other candidate applying for the post, BCCI has extended the deadline for applications but Rahul Dravid remains the front-runner to retain the position.

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

Irfan Pathan: Rahul Dravid Getting Associated With NCA Best Thing To Happen In Indian Cricket

Irfan Pathan hailed Rahul Dravid for his move to mentor the next generation. The former cricketer, who himself has completed the Level 2 coaching course at NCA, opined that the best thing to happen in Indian cricket is Rahul Dravid’s association with NCA.

“The best thing that has happened to Indian cricket is Rahul (Dravid) getting associated with NCA. I have a huge amount of respect for him. Rahul bhai has performed his role with utmost sincerity.

“Look, we know how Rahul Dravid got involved in U19 and India A. But how he gets involved in each and every coach as well in terms of sharing his knowledge, listening from their perspective as well which for a guy of his calibre is a big task.”

Pathan added: “But he does it with such ease. That’s why you have huge amount of respect. It doesn’t mater if you have played 1 or 100 first-class games, he gives you same amount of respect.”

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Asked if Rahul Dravid had a special message for him, Irfan Pathan did not divulge too many details.

“His message was very clear to me and had a lot of positive things to say about me because he noticed me as I personally share a great rapport with him. What he said to me remains between us but you should ask him.”

Earlier in the day, ex-cricketers Brad Hogg and Salman Butt also backed Rahul Dravid’s move to reapply for the NCA post. By doing so, Rahul Dravid effectively ended speculation of him being in line to replace current Indian coach Ravi Shastri when his tenure ends after the T20I World Cup.

Rahul Dravid had been appointed as the Head of Cricket at NCA Bengaluru in July 2019 and has since played a key role in mentoring several youngsters at the academy. He has often been credited by several Indian stars for helping them raise their game. Irfan Pathan had shared the dressing room with Rahul Dravid during his playing days for Team India and also played under the legendary batsman’s captaincy.

Irfan Pathan Would Love To Take Up A Coaching Role For An IPL Franchise

In the same interaction, Irfan Pathan was also asked if he would be interested in taking up a coaching role with an IPL franchise. The former pacer replied in the affirmative.

“Yes, I would love to do that going forward and hopefully it will happen.”

Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Coaching is not something new to Irfan Pathan. He played for Jammu & Kashmir as a coach-cum-player and did a more than decent job.

On thoughts of becoming a full-time coach, Irfan Pathan commented: “I understand basic nitty-gritty of technical side of batting, the stance, the head position, the bat flow and other things. I understand basic structure of bowling biomechanics as well. So I like to help out people. Hopefully in future when something comes up, I will definitely take up and would love to help out Indian cricket directly or indirectly.”

36-year-old Irfan Pathan represented India in 29 Tests, 120 ODIs, and 24 T20Is, claiming 301 international scalps.

K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. (AFP File Photos)
K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. (AFP File Photos)

India May Play Mayank Agarwal As An Opener And Push KL Rahul At No. 3 In The 2nd Test, Says Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg, former Australia spinner believes Mayank Agarwal is a potential option for India in the second Test against England. He feels India will have to pick up momentum heading into the Lord’s Test after having lost out on the chance to go 1-0 up in the series. The first Test at Trent Bridge was washed out on Day 5, which means that the prospect of taking the lead in the series is still wide open.

Brad Hogg feels that India will stick to the same playing eleven from the first Test. India fielded a team of four-seam bowlers and a spin all-rounder. They also had KL Rahul open the innings in place of Mayank Agarwal, who was ruled out of the contest after getting struck in the head in the nets.

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: The Only Change India Will Think Will Be Bringing Mayank Agarwal To Open And Push KL Rahul At No. 3

However, with Mayank Agarwal cleared for selection, Brad Hogg notes that the only change India might consider making is in their top order. The former left-arm chinaman bowler thinks India could bring Mayank Agarwal back into the opening slot and push KL Rahul down to the No.3 spot. He also noted Cheteshwar Pujara’s poor form with the bat as of late.

Speaking on his YouTube Channel, Brad Hogg said: “India will be disappointed that they are not 1-0 up in the series because of the English rain. I don’t think India will change their playing eleven.

“The only change that they will think about making will be bringing Mayank Agarwal to open the batting and may push Rahul to No.3 because Pujara has been out of sorts. Over the last 10 innings that he has played, he has not scored over 40.”

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal[photo: Twitter]
Brad Hogg, however, added that the change might be a little farfetched as well.

“But I don’t think they will do that (drop Pujara for Agarwal), I think they will keep the same eleven and try to keep that positive momentum that they had gained in the first Test match.”

Mayank Agarwal was seen practicing in the nets as the visitors reached London for the second Test match slated to start tomorrow. KL Rahul played a solid 84-run knock that helped Team India take a first-innings lead against England in the drawn first Test.

KL Rahul’s 84-run knock came off 214 deliveries and was studded with 12 hits to the fence. Playing his first Test in nearly two years, KL Rahul scored a tenacious 84 off 214 balls, spending nearly 350 minutes out in the middle of the crease. Thanks to his performance, India managed to get a crucial 95-run lead over England in the first innings.

KL Rahul, who last played a Test at Nottingham in August of 2019, was drafted into the Playing XI after opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was ruled out due to a concussion.

Shardul Thakur’s Injury May Pave The Way For The Likes Of Ishant Sharma And Ravichandran Ashwin In The 2nd Test

But the team was presented with a fresh injury case as pacer Shardul Thakur is rumoured to have suffered a niggle. This could force the side to abandon their four-pacer approach. Shardul Thakur is reportedly struggling with his hamstring and his absence could see the return of Ravichandran Ashwin back into the playing eleven.

Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, center, and Mohammed Shami
Indian players Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Ishant Sharma also could enter the playing XI as Virat Kohli has confirmed that they will continue to play 4 seamers throughout the series. Shardul Thakur took 4 scalps in the 1st Test.

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

Mohammed Siraj Slowly Pushing His Way As India’s 2nd Choice Bowler In The XI, Says Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg, former Australia cricketer reckons Mohammed Siraj is pushing his way into India’s playing XI as the second-choice fast bowler. Brad Hogg believes Mohammed Siraj is making huge strides and climbing up the pecking order. Mohammed Siraj picked up one wicket in the first innings and two scalps in the second. He earned praise for hitting the right areas and troubling the batters.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow seemed to be slowly bringing England back into the game, building a solid partnership for the fourth wicket on Day 4. But Mohammed Siraj had other ideas as he dismissed Jonny Bairstow in the second session of the day’s play and that proved to be crucial in the context of the game.

Brad Hogg: File photo(Getty Images)
Brad Hogg: File photo(Getty Images)

Brad Hogg: Mohammed Siraj Slowly Pushing His Way As India’s 2nd Choice Bowler In The XI

Brad Hogg was impressed with the way Mohammed Siraj kept coming hard.

“Siraj brilliant love his energy to keep coming in a full-tilt every ball and not afraid to express himself. Slowly pushing his way as India’s second choice bowler in the XI,” Brad Hogg tweeted.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The Trent Bridge Test is Mohammed Siraj’s sixth in a short career so far. He has 19 wickets against his name, including a five-wicket haul in Australia, proving that he belongs on the international stage.

Jasprit Bumrah Picks Up 9 Scalps As Indian Pacers Shared All 20 Wickets For The 2nd Time In Indian Cricket History

The fast bowling unit led by Jasprit Bumrah has put India in a winning position in the 1st Test against England. The pacers shared all 20 wickets in the game. The feat has only been achieved once before by an Indian bowling line-up – in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa in 2018. Chasing a target of 209 runs, India is 57/1 at stumps on Day 4 losing India’s first innings’ top scorer KL Rahul.

India's Jasprit Bumrah fields during the third day of first test cricket match between England and India, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. AP Photo/Rui Vieira
India’s Jasprit Bumrah fields during the third day of the first test cricket match between England and India, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. AP Photo/Rui Vieira

Mohammed Siraj had troubled England batsmen on lifeless Indian pitches while bowling match-winning figures in Australia as he spearheaded the pace attack and was India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps. But experienced Ishant Sharma was preferred ahead of him in the WTC final.

Mohammed Siraj played a key role in India’s wins in the Melbourne and Brisbane Tests in the Australian tour. The 25-year-old pacer made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne and immediately made his mark in international cricket.

Eventually, he ended up as the highest wicket-taker for India with 13 wickets in the Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21. What makes his performance even more praise-worthy was that Mohammed Siraj had lost his father when he was touring Australia for series.

Brad Hogg and Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Brad Hogg and Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Suryakumar Yadav Might Be The Player Of The Series At The T20I World Cup, Says Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg, the former Australian spinner has expressed his opinions on a player he thinks will be a star performer for India in the tournament.

With the forthcoming T20 World Cup starting from October 17 in the UAE and Oman on cards, everybody has their eyes tight on the high-profile event already. India, who finished as the semifinalist in the last edition in 2016 is highly anticipated to be the strong contender and the chatter about players making an impact in the marquee event just never ends.

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: Suryakumar Yadav Might Be The Player Of The Series At T20I World Cup

The Men in Blue under Virat Kohli would be determined to taste the victory of an ICC trophy and they would certainly leave no stone unturned for it.

The team combinations for the World Cup are in constant talks but one name that has designed its layout to make it certain in the side is that of Suryakumar Yadav.

Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)
Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)

Brad Hogg feels that Suryakumar Yadav is the one to watch out for in the tournament and predicted that he arguably can be the one who would bag the player of the series in the tournament.

“I just think he is going to be the difference in this particular tournament. If he stands out and puts the bowlers off with that array of shots, I think he is going to set the tournament up for India. For me, I think Suryakumar Yadav is the man for India and I think he’s the man to watch at the T20 World Cup. I think he might be Player of the Series at the T20 World Cup. That’s a big call so far out.”Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel.

After a memorable T20I debut, versus England early this year, Suryakumar Yadav has once again proved his potential in the ongoing India tour of Sri Lanka. In the three ODIs, he returned with scores of unbeaten 31, 53, and 40 to be adjudged the Player-of-the-Series for his consistency.

The Mumbai batsman scored his second fifty in the shortest format of the game in 33 balls before losing his wicket to Dushmantha Chameera in the 16th over in the 1st T20I which remained his only outing in T20Is in the Sri Lanka tour since he was ruled out from the next 2 matches for being a close contact of Krunal Pandya.

Brad Hogg Thinks Suryakumar Yadav Is Definitely Going To Be In The T20I World Cup For Having Expanded His Game

Suryakumar Yadav has gone on to impress everybody with his sheer flair. Ever since he made his debut for India against England he has consistently scored runs. With the plethora of shots he has under his sleeves, Brad Hogg feels that he has expanded his game and pinned his hopes on the batter to play at number 3 in the World Cup.

“I think Suryakumar Yadav is definitely going to be in the World Cup. Virat Kohli will be opening with Rohit Sharma and you’ll have Suryakumar Yadav coming in at No. 3. I just think he’s expanded his game… the range of shots that he’s got… he’s unorthodox as well so he can play different ramp shots on both leg and offside, but he can also attack you and use his feet,” Brad Hogg said.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Having made his first-class debut in 2010, Suryakumar Yadav has played 77 matches in which he has scored 5326 runs at an average of 44.01. His figures include 14 hundred and 26 fifties. Suryakumar Yadav has played 3 ODIs where he amassed 124 runs averaging 62 and 4 T20Is where he amassed 139 runs averaging 46.33.

Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Gowtham, and Deepak Chahar are the eight players identified as close contacts of Krunal Pandya, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. Although all eight have tested negative for the virus, they have still been ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka.

The development puts a question mark over whether the pair of Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav will be eligible to travel to England to join India’s Test squad.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

Brad Hogg Will Be Very Surprised If Rohit Sharma Has A Big Impact In The England 5-Match Test Series

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.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

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.

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

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
Rohit Sharma | AFP

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.

Sourav Ganguly (Source: File Photo)
Sourav Ganguly (Source: File Photo)

Brad Hogg Credits Sourav Ganguly For Transforming India Australia Cricket Rivalry

Brad Hogg spoke at length on former India captain and BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly, crediting him for the entire transformation of the India-Australia cricketing rivalry.

It wasn’t that India didn’t win anything before the famous Sourav Ganguly-era. Kapil Dev-led India won the 1983 World Cup, followed by the Benson Hedges World Championship of Cricket in 1985, under Sunil Gavaskar. Even under Mohammad Azharuddin, India came close to winning the 1996 World Cup, reaching the semi-finals.

Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter

Brad Hogg: Sourav Ganguly Really Tested Australia And Before Him, India Was Intimated By Australia

However, Sourav Ganguly-era saw India embark upon a new journey, where they were much more competitive, expressive, and much more in-your-face with the opposition, who didn’t back out from a fight on the field. India not only started winning their home games regularly but also became competitive abroad; with some sparkling performances in England, Australia, and Pakistan.

Under Sourav Ganguly, India had a pool of youngsters, who mixed up really well with the talented senior cricketers and made India move past the shambolic match-fixing scandal of 2000. Thus, Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy era remains a talking point to date. Recently, former Aussie spinner Brad Hogg spoke highly of the former Indian captain and credited him for transforming the India-Australia rivalry.

“The one thing that Ganguly did was really test Australia. If you remember that Test match where he made Steve Waugh wait – I think he did not come with his blazer for the toss – he just knew what would rub Australia up the wrong way in that sense,” Hogg told former England, bowler, Steve Harmison on his YouTube Show ‘The Test of Time’.

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 further opined, “I think during that particular time, when we went over there, before that, India were intimidated by us, and it wasn’t until Ganguly came in and started to stand up and fight back and give us the verbal, sort of upset us and get under our skin that things really turned around.”

Besides the 2001 Test series win, India registered a few more emphatic performances against Australia, such as eliminating them from the 2000 Champions Trophy and drawing the 2003/04 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Down Under. Sourav Ganguly would not let any opportunity slip to get under Australia’s skin – the famous incident of him making Steve Waugh wait at the toss is a testament to it.

Brad Hogg: Sourav Ganguly Turned India-Australia Matches Around

Brad Hogg, who had the wood over Sourav Ganguly in India’s 2007 tour of Australia where he dismissed the former batsman four times in the Test series, pointed out how Sourav Ganguly’s arrival as captain added more excitement and competitiveness to India-Australia matches.

“The contests between India and Australia started to be like England and Australia. There was a lot of noise, passion, and Ganguly was the one who turned it around and created that atmosphere and created that strength and different brand of cricket that India are playing now,” the former spinner explained.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

Many experts and former cricketers also compare Sourav Ganguly and current Indian captain Virat Kohli as leaders, who are both expressive and in-the-opposition’s-face at all times.

Virat Kohli will be eager to break India’s 8-year-long ICC drought in the next edition of the T20 World Cup, to be held in the UAE from mid-October.  Despite some major success, Sourav Ganguly-led India couldn’t win an ODI or T20I World Cup. Hence, Virat Kohli will wish to not repeat the same with his current Indian team.

Sachin, Hogg
Sachin, Hogg

Brad Hogg Dismissed Sachin Tendulkar Only Once After He Signed He Would Never Be Dismissed By The Spinner Again

Brad Hogg, the Australian spinner only dismissed legendary Indian former batsman Sachin Tendulkar once in international cricket but there was no lack of excitement every time the two came face to face with each other. Brad Hogg dismissed Sachin Tendulkar during an ODI between India and Australia in Hyderabad in 2007.

After the match, Brad Hogg revealed how he went up to Sachin Tendulkar asking him to sign the ball, and the former batsman wrote ‘Never again, mate’ on the ball.

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 Reveals Adam Gilchrist And Ricky Ponting Asked Him To Bowl Wrong Ones To Leg Stump To Dismiss Sachin Tendulkar

As it turned out later, Brad Hogg never could dismiss Sachin Tendulkar again and perhaps the dismissal triggered Sachin Tendulkar to go after the former chinaman bowler every time he faced him thereon. One such battle took place in the Melbourne Test match – the Boxing Day Test in the same year. With India batting in the first innings, a well-set Sachin Tendulkar took the attack to Brad Hogg hitting him for two fours and a six in the 39th over to go with a four a couple of overs ago.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Talking about the experience of bowling to Sachin Tendulkar, Brad Hogg explained how he was a bit under the pump and how captain Ricky Ponting and wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist tried to devise a plan to get Sachin Tendulkar out.

“I think it was a tactic from India as well because I knew there was no Shane Warne or Stuart MacGill. If you’re going to look at a weak link from that particular team, especially in the bowling department, it was going to be me. And that put a little bit of pressure on me,” Hogg told Harmison on the latter’s show ‘Test of Time’ on YouTube.

“There was a moment when Gilchrist and Ponting actually came up and asked me to bowl wrong ones to him. They said what if we keep bowling the wrong ones to leg stump and try to use the minimal footmark outside and try and bamboozle to tie him up. I said ‘look… I’m not comfortable with that. I want to keep bowling my leggies. To bowl wrong ones all the time ball after the ball is quite difficult'”.

Brad Hogg opened up about India’s tour of Australia in 2007 and how he felt a bit under the pump during the Test series in the absence of Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill. Brad Hogg is a former Australia international who played 7 Tests and 123 One-Day Internationals.

A chinaman bowler, he made a mark in ODIs as he was a part of Australia’s World Cup-winning sides in 2003 and 2007. Having announced his international retirement in 2008, he made a stunning comeback in 2012 at the age of 40 and played the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka.

Brad Hogg Reveals After Sachin Tendulkar Signed He Would Never Again Be Dismissed By The Spinner, It Turned Into Harsh Reality

Brad Hogg added that while the idea was tempting, he was more comfortable bowling the traditional leg breaks, and lauded the greatness of Sachin Tendulkar.

“So I pulled out of that and I just tried to bowl a little bit quicker and tighter and hoped that I could tie the run rate down but he was a test… Sachin Tendulkar. I only got him out once in my career. I got him to sign it. ‘Never happening again’… and it never did. He made sure in that Test series that it was never going to happen again and he just wanted to show his authority,” Hogg added.

Brad Hogg (left) is ecstatic at getting the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar (centre) in the third One-Day International between India and Australia at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on October 5, 2007 in Hyderabad. © Getty Images
Brad Hogg (left) is ecstatic at getting the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar (centre) in the third One-Day International between India and Australia at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on October 5, 2007, in Hyderabad. © Getty Images

“I think that’s what separates the great batsmen from the not-so-great at Test level. They know when there’s the opportunity when to pounce on the weakness of the opposition and I tried to take that risk and that was something I had to stand up to. I did not get his wicket but I felt that I pulled the contest back in our favour.”

Despite their numerous on-field encounters, Brad Hogg has dismissed Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar just once in his career.

In his stellar career that spanned over two decades, Sachin Tendulkar scored 100 centuries across Tests and ODIs — a record that still stands. In 463 ODIs, Tendulkar scored 18,426 runs, including 49 tons, and in Tests, he tallied 15,921, including 51 centuries. On the other hand, Brad Hogg played 7 Tests, 123 ODIs, and 15 T20Is, in which he scalped 17, 157, and 7 wickets respectively, between 1996 and 2014.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Brad Hogg Picks Virat Kohli To Open The Batting In T20I World Cup

Brad Hogg, a former Australian cricketer has picked Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma as the openers for Team India for the upcoming T20 World Cup slated later in 2021. The duo opened together in the last T20I of a five-match series against England earlier this year.

Brad Hogg believes promoting Virat Kohli up the order will allow India to bring in more attacking players in the middle order. Virat Kohli had announced his decision to open in T20Is after his match-winning 80 not out against England in the final T20I in Ahmedabad.

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 Reckons Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma Opening Batting In The Forthcoming T20I World Cup

Virat Kohli decided to promote himself in the batting order of the Indian team as India took on England in the fifth T20I. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma brought carnage to the crease and stitched a match-winning 94-run opening stand to help India amass 224 for 2, their highest total against England.

India had been struggling at the top of the order with KL Rahul scoring 1,0,0, 14 in the first four T20Is, but Virat Kohli had backed incumbent opener, KL Rahul, to come well up until the final match as his patience finally ran out with the Karnataka batsman.

He stated: “My Indian team going into the T20 World Cup would have Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma opening the batting. I might be a bit harsh on Shikhar Dhawan but they need some attacking players in the middle-order and so they need to push Kohli up the order.”

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma © BCCI
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma © BCCI

Smashing a half-century on his T20I debut, Mumbai Indians in form batsman Suryakumar Yadav proved that he is here to stay. His sensational run for Mumbai Indians in the IPL convinced Brad Hogg to select him at No.3. At No.4, the 50-year-old former spinner feels KL Rahul should be backed despite his indifferent form of late.

“I have Suryakumar Yadav, a youngster to international cricket, at No.3. I think his versatility is going to add a bit of spice to that batting line-up. KL Rahul is the prime runner for the No.4 spot,” Brad Hogg asserted.

Brad Hogg went with an explosive choice, selecting Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja in the lower middle-order. He feels there is enough firepower in the trio to provide India with a big match-winning finish.

He added: “Coming in at No.5 is Rishabh Pant and I would keep him as a floater. If there is a wicket falling in the seventh over, I would send him up the order at dominate against spin. I would have Hardik Pandya at No.6 and Ravindra Jadeja at No.7.”

Brad Hogg believes only one among wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would be selected in the playing XI. He feels the tour of Sri Lanka might determine who plays.

Brad Hogg Picks Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, And Jasprit Bumrah Should Be The Pacers In T20I World Cup

As far as the pacers are concerned, Brad Hogg feels India’s best new-ball combination would be Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur as both can swing the ball. He concluded his XI by picking star pacer Jasprit Bumrah as the No.11.

“If Kuldeep Yadav does well in Sri Lanka, having a left-arm wrist-spinner could be a point of difference. But at the moment, Chahal is the number one spinner. Someone like a Thakur could get an opportunity due to his explosive batting and he is also good in the powerplay and at the death. Then you got Bhuvi and then Bumrah,” Brad Hogg signed off.

India's Jasprit Bumrah in action during the 2019 ICC World Cup | AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar
India’s Jasprit Bumrah in action during the 2019 ICC World Cup | AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar

Brad Hogg omitted the likes of Mohammed Shami who is another bowler who may be part of India’s squad in the ICC T20I World Cup 2021. He was injured during the Australia Test series but made a comeback in IPL 2021 for Punjab Kings. He picked 8 wickets in 8 matches and was effective with his bouncers and yorkers while bowling.

He also omitted pacer Deepak Chahar, who last played in the T20I series against Australia last year, in which he picked 1 wicket in 2 matches.

However, the right-arm pacer was brilliant during IPL 2021, picking 8 wickets in 7 matches. Another option, T Natarajan made his T20I debut against Australia last year in which he emerged as the highest wicket-taker with 6 wickets in 3 matches. With his ability to bowl yorkers effectively, T Natarajan is a force to reckon with.

Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

Brad Hogg Tweets Kyle Jamieson Should Be A Long Term Investment For RCB

Brad Hogg, a former Australian left-arm wrist-spinner believes New Zealand tall and lanky pacer Kyle Jamieson should be retained by his franchise, the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Brad Hogg feels Kyle Jamieson can be an important part of the future core.

Kyle Jamieson was snapped up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the 2021 IPL auction for a whopping INR 15 crores. Many were unsure about his output in the subcontinent as he had played most of his cricket back home.

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 Tweets Kyle Jamieson Should Be A Long Term Investment

However, Kyle Jamieson was highly impressive in the seven games that he played in the first phase of the season, picking up nine wickets and also scoring 59 runs. Brad Hogg replied to one of the fans’ tweets by saying that Kyle Jamieson should be a long-term investment.

Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter
Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter

In just eight Tests, Kyle Jamieson has picked up 46 wickets at a scary average of 14.17. He made the Indian batsmen dance to his tunes in the World Test Championship (WTC) final too and was the player of the match.

Kyle Jamieson Picked 5 Scalps In India’s First Innings In The WTC Final

The Indian batting had done a great job on the second day, being 146-3 despite conditions favouring New Zealand pacers. But Kyle Jamieson, who had already dismissed Rohit Sharma earlier, slowly began to work his magic.

The tall speedster took a fifer in the first innings and triggered an Indian batting collapse that saw them get bundled out for just 217. India, at 64-2 in the second innings on the final day, looked to either take a good lead or play out a draw. But it was Kyle Jamieson once again who made crucial breakthroughs.

WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he's 'world-class' batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP
WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he’s ‘world-class’ batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP

Kyle Jamieson trapped Indian skipper Virat Kohli twice in the game and also triggered the much famed Indian batting collapse n both innings. The pacer was also handy with the bat and made a vital all-around contribution to the game.

He is likely to be one of the main pillars of RCB in the forthcoming years. Kyle Jamieson produced a man-of-the-match performance claiming 5 wickets in the first and 2 in the second innings to help New Zealand claim the World Test Championship over India last week, taking seven wickets at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The all-rounder from New Zealand made his International debut against India in February 2020 and with that attracted quite a few eyeballs with his pace and bounce.

He is the first New Zealand pacer to bag a five-wicket haul in both the innings of a Test match. During the 2021 IPL Auction, the Kiwi all-rounder was signed by the RCB for a whopping sum of INR 15 crores, thereby making him RCB’s biggest buy at the auctions.

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