Brad Hogg has been in business in the lockdown situation, albeit on social media. The spin great has been utilising his time and brain to assess some of the best teams and players of all-time. In his recent, Brad Hogg picked up the ‘current’ best ODI XI, which saw Indian players galore in the side.
However, he left out quite a few contenders from the XI, and explained his reason behind it. The most noticeable omissions was of the New Zealand captain and prolific batsman Kane Williamson, who lost his place to his Indian counter-part and record-breaking machine Virat Kohli.
Brad Hogg: Kane Williamson nearly got in front of Virat Kohli
Brad Hogg, explaining his decision, said Williamson nearly got ahead of Virat Kohli due to his better average but his strike rate kept him out of the squad. Hogg also said Australia limited-overs captain and prolific opener Aaron Finch was the other ‘unlucky’ player to miss out from his team.
“The two unlucky batsmen are Aaron Finch, who had a wonderful year in 2019 but his conversion rate wasn’t as good as everyone else in that top four. And the other one was Kane Williamson, nearly got in front of Virat Kohli, because he had a better average but it was only a lower strike rate that kept him out of the side.”
Interestingly, his team consisted of five Indian cricketers namely, Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Brad Hogg’s current best ODI XI: Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Virat Kohli (C), Babar Azam, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Starc, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal