Former Australia spinner bowler Brad Hogg has once again talked about a bilateral series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. This time around, Brad Hogg has claimed that Pakistan are capable of beating India in their own backyard. He opined that Pakistan have what it takes to beat India in India.
India have been ruthless at home especially in Tests. Since the loss to England in the 2012-13 season, they have not lost a single series so far. In fact, during this period, India have lost just one Test while thrashing the likes of Australia, England, West Indies, New Zealand, England and others.
However, Brad Hogg believes that Pakistan could get the better of India in their own backyard. The 49-year-old said that Pakistan’s strong pace attack, good spinners and depth in batting would aide them in their victory march in India.
“Well I think the best team at the moment would be Pakistan because they have got a very strong pace unit and have got some good spinners. They also got depth in their batting and know the Indian conditions quite well,” Brad Hogg said on his YouTube channel while answering a fan question.
At the same time, he realised that Pakistan would not be able to travel to India because of “government reasons”. He then said that after Pakistan, Australia are the best side who can beat India.
“But they can’t go over there for government reasons, so the next best team is Australia and I am not being biased. We have got the likes of [David] Warner, [Marnus] Labuschagne and Steve Smith. We have got a very potent batting line-up as well as bowling line-up. I think if there is any chance of us beating India on Indian soil right now, it’s going to be over the next couple of years,” Brad Hogg said.
Meanwhile, India and Pakistan have not played a full bilateral Test series since 2007 when Pakistan visited India for three Tests and five One-Day Internationals. They played a short series of three ODIs and two T20s in India in December 2012, but otherwise, both have faced each other only in the ICC events or the Asia Cup.
Interestingly, Pakistan managed to beat India in the ODI series in 2012-13 season while the T20I series had ended at 1-1.