Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube
Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube

Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg accepts the Indian selectors made the best choice by settling on the difficult choice to replace out-of-form veterans Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma in their Test squad making a trip to England. 

India is set to play a one-off Test from July 1 against England and has a few new faces in their line-up like Shreyas Iyer and Prasidh Krishna. The 51-year-old featured the significance of a smooth change to the Indian Test side. 

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Image: BCCI

Brad Hogg Shares Why It’s Important To Get The Youth In

Talking in a video on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg made sense of why it was fundamental for India to pass judgment on players on merit as opposed to reputation. 

He said: “I think it’s great that the selectors have dropped Rahane and Ishant Sharma from the Test team. They have been aging and haven’t been performing of late. You need to get the youth in and rotate them so that they get experience alongside those who are already experienced.” 

Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli, India
Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli. Image: Twitter

Brad Hogg accepts the likes of Iyer and Krishna will help immediately by investing critical energy in fostering their game with other experienced Indian players.

While Iyer has Virat Kohli to work with, Krishna will have Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah to advance new abilities from, and that could end up being the ideal recipe for a fruitful Indian group from now on. On this, he stated: 

“Iyer is going to spend a number of years batting alongside Kohli, learning the game for the longer form and being able to develop a game plan where he is going to succeed. And then you’ve got Krishna, who will be coming up alongside Bumrah and Shami. So that is a good policy to rotate the players.” 

Indian Bowling Will Be Their Strength Against England

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, India
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brad Hogg likewise believes India should go all-out with a four-pronged pace assault alongside Ravindra Jadeja as the overall choice. On this, he added: 

“With this Indian team going to England, bowling will be their strength. They will have Bumrah and Shami in the XI, but I would like to see Krishna too with his extra height and Siraj with his pace and a bit of movement. The only reason I have got Jadeja there is his batting depth.” 

It will be fascinating to see what mix Rohit Sharma goes in with as the need might arise to keep away from rout in that one-off Test to win the series that is a continuation of the five-match series from last year that was halted after a COVID alarm. 

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