Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has praised the current crop of Indian spinners calling Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as the best spin duo in the world and hailing young chinaman Kuldeep Yadav’s immense potential. Hogg also believes that touring India will be a tough task for the current crop of Australian players.
Best spin duo in the world
Speaking to the Times of India, Hogg reserved high praise for Ashwin and Jadeja. He said,
“Ashwin and Jadeja are probably the best spin duo in world at the moment. Ashwin has got the height and uses it to get the bounce and his line and lengths are always spot on. Jadeja, on most conditions, is lethal because he doesn’t give much away. One key factor in the success of the duo is that they are relentless and their intensity never goes down over prolonged periods.Even when things aren’t going their way, the two find their way to get wickets.”
Surprised not to see Kuldeep against Bangladesh
Hogg also hailed the potential of Kuldeep Yadav, who he has mentored playing together for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
“Kuldeep is someone who has got the talent and we are going to see a lot of him in the coming years. He will definitely be one of the best chinaman bowlers to have graced the game in a long time. I was surprised that India went with three quicks and left Kuldeep out during the Bangladesh game. He has done exceptionally well in first-class cricket this season.”
Hoping for a competitive series
Hogg also expressed his desire of watching a competitive and well-fought series between India and Australia.
“I hope the series is wellfought and exciting. I hope Australia adapt to the Indian conditions fast. Our batsmen have struggled against spin the two occasions we were there. Hopefully they have done their homework in the UAE and worked hard on turning pitches and are able to play well against this high-quality Indian attack.The good thing about this Australian team is that we have players who have played in Indian conditions,” he said.
Such high praise from Brad Hogg can only boost the confidence of the Indian spinners ahead of their tough 4-match Test series against Australia.