England vs India: Brad Hogg picks India’s trump card for Test series
Hogg will be on commentary role for TNPL 2018.
Updated - Jul 11, 2018 3:11 pm
The visiting Indian team started off the English summer with a spectacular T20I series win against a pretty strong England team and now both the sides will be taking on each other in a three-match ODI series. However, the most important and challenging part of India’s tour in the British countryside will be the five-match Test series starting from August 1. Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg reckons that Kuldeep Yadav can prove to be India’s trump card in the upcoming Test series against England.
I would definitely pick him for the Test matches
Kuldeep started off his first English tour on a staggering note when the chinaman bowler scalped a five-wicket haul in the first T20I. The English batters struggled consistently to read the wrist spinner who possesses a variety of variation in his armory. The former Aussie chinaman bowler also mentioned that the inclusion of Kuldeep in the Test matches could prove to be a decisive move for the visitors.
“Kuldeep provides the much-needed variety to the Indian spin attack and I would definitely have him in the (Test) squad,” said Hogg who will be on commentary role for TNPL 2018 in a conversation on Tuesday as quoted by the Times of India.
Hogg revealed that Kuldeep’s ability to attack the stumps with a quick-arm action makes it very difficult for the batsmen to play him comfortably. He also noted that he would like to see him bowl a bit faster when the batters are looking to attack him. The former Australian spinner also talked about the history of struggles for the Englishmen against the spinners as they do not pick the deliveries from the spinner’s hand.
“I feel Kuldeep attacks the stumps a lot more and his quick-arm action does bamboozle the opposition. Having said that, I would like to see him bowl a little quicker when he sees the batsmen step out and attack him. It will not allow the batsmen to play those power strokes,” added the former Australian chinaman bowler.
Hogg names Kuldeep’s biggest weapon
The Indian mystery spinner possesses a bagful of variations in his kitty, out of which Brad feels that the wrong’un is his biggest attacking weapon. He also advised the young spinner to use his strengths very wisely and smartly, as the batters can get to play him with ease if he uses those wrong’uns constantly.
“He has a really potent wrong’un that foxes the batsmen. It’s his biggest strength but he needs to use it wisely and sparingly. If he uses it too much then the batsmen will get used to it and start reading it,” concluded the former Australian cricketer.