Hogg said, Sarfaraz’s performance in front of quality fast bowlers is not good
In such a situation, the selectors remained hesitant to select him in the Indian team.
New Delhi. The issue of not selecting young batsman Sarfaraz Khan in the Indian team going on West Indies tour (India vs West Indies) remains a topic of discussion in Indian cricket at the moment. Cricket lovers have expressed anger over the constant neglect of this Mumbai batsman despite scoring hundreds and runs in domestic cricket. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rituraj Gaikwad have been included in the Test team for the Indies tour, but Sarfaraz’s neglect has not been accepted by anyone. It is believed that this batsman has to bear the brunt of poor fitness. However, the opinion of Australia’s veteran cricketer Brad Hogg is different from this.
Discussing the Sarfaraz issue on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg said that Sarfaraz’s poor record in front of high quality fast bowlers is the reason for his non-selection. However, the 52-year-old former Australian cricketer hoped that Sarfaraz would be able to perform better in the next IPL and would soon make it to Team India.
Hogg, who played for Australia as a left-arm wrist spinner, said, ‘Sarfaraz has been tremendous in Ranji Trophy but why is he not in this team. I know why Sarfaraz was not selected in the Indian Test team. He said that the first thing – he bats at number 5 or 6 in the middle order for his state team. If you see his record against high quality pace bowling, it is not good. I think the Indian selectors were somewhat hesitant about Sarfaraz in this matter. By the way, if he improves his performance in the next IPL season, then I am sure he will serve for a long time in the Indian team at the Test level. This former Australian spinner also believes that the reason for Team India’s wall Cheteshwar Pujara not being selected in the team was his strike rate more than his batting performance.
Hogg said that the Indian team management wanted its top order to play aggressive cricket and due to this the experienced Pujara had to drop. Brad Hogg played 7 Tests, 123 ODIs and 123 ODIs for Australia from 1996 to 2014 as a chinaman bowler. Played 15 T20 matches. 17 wickets in Test cricket, 156 in ODIs and 7 wickets in T20Is are also registered in his name. One in Test and two half-centuries in ODIs are also registered in his name.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 27, 2023, 07:19 IST