Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg feels that India should not make any changes in their playing XI in the forthcoming Test encounter against England at Kennington Oval in Leeds. The former Aussie spinner feels that India should back their players in the next Test. Brad Hogg also said that Suryakumar Yadav will need to wait to make an appearance for India in Tests.
India faced a miserable batting collapse in both the innings of the 3rd Test match at Headingley. In the first innings, Virat Kohli and co. were crushed for just 78 runs. Having a lead of 354 runs in the 2nd innings, India were bowled out for 278 to lose the match. On Day 4 of India vs England 3rd Test, the last 8 wickets of India collapsed for just 63 runs.
I Think Suryakumar Yadav Will Need To Wait, Says Brad Hogg
While speaking on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg asserted that the Indian team should back their players for the next match.
“I think they have to go with the same XI in the next Test. I think Suryakumar Yadav will need to wait. You got to back players that have been there and done the job before. It is going to be a heated Test match at The Oval and you will need the calm shoulders there,” Brad Hogg said.
The 50-year-old also said that Ajinkya Rahane is an experienced batsman for India and the team should be very careful if they want to drop him from the next game.
“I think Suryakumar Yadav is the player to come in the middle order if they want to make that change. But they need to be very careful because Rahane is a very experienced customer. The last Test that he had he played a very good innings.
“He has done the job for India before. Remember that it is 1-1 and you don’t have to panic and make extreme changes here and there,” Brad Hogg further said.
Ajinkya Rahane, who is the vice-captain of India in the Test format and one of the Test specialists, struggled to come up with a good knock in India vs England 4th Test. The right-handed batsman lost his wicket for 18 and 10 in both innings.
Rahane has also witnessed a slump in his form in the series so far, with just one decent knock of 62 in one game. In 5 innings across 3 Test matches against England in the ongoing tour, the 33-year-old has scored only 95 runs at an average of 19.
After defeating India by an innings and 76 runs in the 4th Test, England have managed to level the series 1-1. Both the teams will lock horns in the 4th Test at Kennington Oval in London. The Test match is set to commence on September 2 (Thursday).