Former Australian leg-spinner Brad Hogg has strongly vouched for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion for the Boxing Day Test against Australia. India will aim to bounce back from their humiliating loss in the first Test in Adelaide, having suffered a defeat after recording their lowest Test total. With their batting line-up needing bolstering, Brad Hogg believes Rishabh Pant could do that for them.
Wriddhiman Saha pipped Rishabh Pant as the gloveman in Adelaide as India preferred the one who is better at keeping wickets for the pink-ball Test. It was indeed surprising since Pant made an irrefutable case after hammering a century in the pink-ball warm-up game against Australia A in Sydney. Furthermore, the 22-year old relished playing in Australia the last time India toured the nation.
Brad Hogg feels that having a left-handed batsman in the line-up, coming in lower down the order and playing aggressively could disturb Australia’s line and lengths. According to Hogg, it will disrupt the Australian fast bowlers’ plans.
“You don’t have a left-handed batsman in the line-up. I think India could do with Rishabh Pant coming in down the lower-order with his aggressive left-hand batting. That will just change up the line and length at some stage against the Australian quicks,” Hogg told in his Youtube channel.
I don’t think India should be playing with five bowlers: Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg further said that India should not go ahead with five bowlers and the 49-year old prefers Ravichandran Ashwin over Ravindra Jadeja. Hogg underlined that the tourists should keep their batting line-up as strengthened as possible against Australia’s bowling attack.
“I don’t think they (India) should be playing with five bowlers. I think you got to go with Ashwin or Jadeja. I would still stick with Ashwin. You can’t afford to weaken your batting line-up against this Australian bowling attack,” he added.