Brad Hogg blames Rohit Sharma for sinking Australia's T20 World Cup 2024 campaign

Published - 25 Jun 2024, 08:45 PM | Updated - 25 Jun 2024, 08:49 PM

Brad Hogg and Rohit Sharma
Brad Hogg and Rohit Sharma. Image Credit: YT/X

Former Australian spinner and cricket pundit Brad Hogg has delivered a scathing assessment of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Super-8 clash between India and Australia at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia on Monday, June 24.

The legendary spinner backed India to win the T20 World Cup 2024, having covered all bases. Hogg highlighted the key moments against Team India in Saint Lucia, where Australia's T20 World Cup 2024 campaign ended.

Brad Hogg praises Rohit Sharma's blitz against Australia, backs India for ICC T20 World Cup 2024 glory

Hogg also pointed out that Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s resurgence with the bat, particularly his aggressive assault against Mitchell Starc, set the tone for India's dominance early on in the Super-8 clash against Australia.

He pointed out that Rohit’s onslaught, where he scored 29 runs off Starc's third over, turned the momentum in India's favor. Hogg emphasized that another crucial turning point was Mitchell Marsh's dropped catch of Hardik Pandya early in his innings, allowing the star all-rounder to capitalize and turn the game with a rapid 22 runs in the next 10 deliveries.

Brad Hogg said in a video posted on X: “Rohit Sharma finding form will put a little bit of a smile on Indian fans' faces, and it's only Virat Kohli out of the main eleven that needs to find a little bit of touch. Other than that, India looks set to take out the title. But Rohit Sharma dominating the Australian attack, taking 29 off Mitchell Stark's second over, which was the third over of the game, was the difference.

The other difference was that the skipper Mitchell March dropped the simple catch of Hardik Pandya when he was five. Then, Pandya went for 22 runs in the next 10 deliveries and that made a huge impact on the game.”

Brad Hogg slams missed chances as Australia bow out of T20 World Cup 2024

Reflecting on Australia's challenges, Hogg acknowledged the team's shorter turnaround time between night and morning games, suggesting it may have affected their sharpness and performance in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

The commentator also blamed inconsistency and missed opportunities for Australia's failure to make it to the semifinals of the tournament. Hogg added, “Australia had a shorter turnaround than India. They had to go from a night game to a morning game. I think that played a little bit of havoc on them as well.

I just don't think they were as sharp as we've seen past Australian teams. I just think the trouble got to them throughout the tournament. There would have been a lot of fingernails being bitten in the Saint Lucia Hotel.”

Furthermore, Hogg also shared his views on Afghanistan’s incredible campaign in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024, where they have qualified for the semifinals, shattering Australia’s hopes by crushing Bangladesh in a rain-curtailed Super-8 match by 8 runs via the DLS method on June 25.

Well done to India and Afghanistan: Brad Hogg

The Aussie hailed Afghanistan’s tenacity and skill, highlighting their disciplined bowling and ability to defend low scores effectively. He credited Afghanistan's wins over formidable opponents like New Zealand and Australia for their well-deserved place in the semifinals.

At the end, Hogg hailed both India and Afghanistan for qualifying for the semifinals and emphasized the importance of teams controlling their fate by winning games rather than relying on external results, taking a dig at Australia for missed opportunities in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024.

He signed off by saying, “At the end of the day, you can't leave it to other results to determine your fate. Afghanistan were brilliant against Australia. They're bowling a tape and hanging on with a low score against Bangladesh. They deserve to have a place in the semifinals. Well done to India and Afghanistan.”

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