Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has revealed his choice to bat at number six for India in the upcoming Test series in Australia. While India has a settled line-up and a lot of it came together after the two warm-up games ahead of the Tests, there are still a few questions since plenty of players have put their hands up. Despite not playing in either of the practice matches to make his case, Brad Hogg believes KL Rahul should bat at number six.
KL Rahul has been in an ominous form in white-ball cricket since a year, or so that earned him a recall to the Test squad. Yet, it is worth remembering that the 28-year old has not been in the best of forms in Test cricket and endured a horror outing in Australia in 2018-19. In a couple of Tests he played, Rahul’s highest score was 44 and the rest three were single-figure ones. Thus, India would be hopeful he translates his white-ball form to the red-ball format.
Brad Hogg admitted that KL Rahul did not do well the last time he was in Australia; however, he deserves a chance. The former Australian cricketer highlighted that the 28-year old seems confident and is keen to get out there, becoming the perfect candidate to number six. Thus, Hogg recommended India to blood KL Rahul at six and Shubman Gill at four after Virat Kohli’s departure.
“I think KL Rahul should be given a chance. The last time that he came over to Australia, he didn’t do well. He is confident, he is rearing to go, and I think he will be the perfect No.6 for India. When Virat Kohli goes, you keep KL Rahul at No.6 and put Shubman Gill at No.4,” Hogg told in his Youtube video.
I think it is going to be a big hole to fill: Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg further said that he backs Australia to win the four-match series by a scoreline of 2-1, mainly due to the absence of Virat Kohli. The 49-year old highlighted that the Indian captain has an outstanding record with the bat and will leave a gaping hole in the side. Hogg feels that Australia has the advantage on the pink-ball front and playing in Brisbane, which is yet again beneficial for them.
“I think no Kohli puts a lot of pressure on this Indian series. He is the stalwart at No.4. He has such a great record. I think it is going to be a big hole to fill. The reason why I think Australia are going to win 2-1 is because they have got the advantage with the pink-ball. Brisbane is a huge advantage as well,” the Western Australian added.