Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg named Mohammed Shami as the bowler crucial to India’s chances in England in the five-match Test series. India and England will lock horns in five Tests, starting on the 4th of August in Nottingham. Mohammed Shami, a highly impactful overseas Test bowler, is likely to start the Test series on Wednesday.
Mohammed Shami returned to India’s Test team in the ICC World Test Championship final and was arguably their best bowler. The 30-year old proved himself as the pick of India’s bowlers in the first innings, grabbing four wickets and was the most economical amongst the pacers. Overall, Shami has 184 wickets in 51 Tests at 27.57.
Brad Hogg underlined that Mohammed Shami bowled incredibly the last time in England; however, he was unlucky, beating the bat and suffering a few dropped chances. But the Western Australian backed the right-arm seamer to bowl match-winning spells and should have luck on his side if he performed as he did in the WTC final.
“If you look at Shami, he bowled brilliantly the last time. He was just beating the outside edge and had a couple of dropped chances. But I think Shami is going to be the bees knees in this series. He is the one who is going to win it for India. I think he is going to have a lot more luck if he bowls like he did in the World Test championship final,” Brad Hogg told in his Youtube channel.
India should be adjusted to the conditions: Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg further stated that India’s 4-1 series loss is in the past and claimed they should be ready, having been in England for two months. The 50-year old feels India should be acclimatized to the conditions by now and produce no excuses.
“The last time India went to England in 2018, they got walloped 4-1. But this is a new series. They have been over there for two months. They have played in the World Test Championship final. They have played a lot of warm up games. So there are no excuses. They should be adjusted to these foreign conditions,” he added.