Team India started off their England tour on a spectacular fashion as they won the Twenty20 International series by a 2-1 margin. The One-day International series starts tomorrow and India will again start as favourites.
The excitement of the tour will increase just a bit when the five-match Test series starts on August 1st at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Former Australian chinaman bowler Brad Hogg said that Kuldeep Yadav might prove as a trump card for the visitors if he gets picked in the Test squad.
Hogg will be in India for a month or so as he will be commentating in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). He feels that Kuldeep will be a must in India’s playing XI for the gruelling Test series in England.
“Kuldeep provides the much-needed variety to the Indian spin attack and I would definitely have him in the (Test) squad,” ToI quoted Hogg as saying.
“The English batsmen always want to sweep, they are scared to use their feet and are not picking you out of the hand,” he added.
He feels that England lacks a player like Kevin Pietersen, who has the ability to take on spinners with utter disdain.
“Pietersen had quick feet, he also had a long reach. He could reach out and get the ball off a good length on a half volley and negate the spin with attacking shots. If you were slightly shorter, he really crouched and punished you,” he said.
T20 is reducing the ability of wrist spinners to bowl long spells, says Hogg
Hogg felt that the more exposure to the shortest format of the game is reducing the ability of wrist spinners to bowl longer spells.
For instance, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has been in superb form in the shorter formats.
However, when he made his Test debut he was not at his best. Hogg feels that a spinner like a teenager Rashid doesn’t have the patience yet to bowl longer spells.
Comparing the two spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, Hogg said that the two spinners have different approaches towards the game.
“Kuldeep Yadav has a very quick arm action that often bamboozles the batsmen. But I think he needs to work more on his action to get a little more bounce and leg-spin,” he asserted.
“As he seeks to turn his leg-spinners more, Kuldeep should not lose the potency of his wrong ‘un which is his strength. He has to use the wrong ‘un wisely, sparingly,” he added.