Former Australian spin wizard Brad Hogg is one of the most active sports personalities on social media platforms. While the whole world has been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing has become the need of the hour.
Owing to this, Hogg has been increasingly taking to Twitter, and he has been doing a lot of question-answer sessions in the past week. In doing so, he stumbled upon a fan’s query regarding the top three batsmen across all formats. The veteran subsequently named his top contenders which consisted of a surprising pick.
Brad Hogg leaves out Steve Smith from his list of top three batsmen:
While there are quite a few contenders for the illustrious list of top three batsmen in the modern era, Hogg went for Indian skipper Virat Kohli, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Pakistan’s Babar Azam.
The former Australian chinaman did pick a talented lot of players, although Babar was a surprising inclusion. Check out his reply:
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 27, 2020
The fact that Hogg decided to leave out his compatriot and former Australian skipper Steve Smith is a little hard to guess because Smith has been one of the most consistent performers in world cricket for the past few years.
Despite the fact that the 30-year-old batsman was handed a one year ban due to ball-tampering scandal, he came back all guns blazing and has quickly become one of the contenders for captaincy yet again.
While Kohli and Williamson were rightly included in Hogg’s list, Babar too found a place after having become the Mr reliable for his country. He averages over 50 in limited-overs and the 25-year-old is getting better with each passing day.
All three of Kohli, Williamson and Smith were expected to feature in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) although the coronavirus has seen the league’s fate come under the scanner. With a 21-day lockdown imposed in India, it remains highly unlikely that the normal business will be resumed.