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ICC Champions Trophy: Brad Hogg backs Kuldeep Yadav to make Indian cricket team

Brad Hogg and Kuldeep Yadav are both Chinaman bowlers and the Aussie veteran feels the Kolkata Knight Riders youngster can add muscle to Indian cricket team’s attack in the ICC Champions Trophy in June

cricket Updated: May 02, 2017 12:32 IST
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Kuldeep Yadav bowls in the nets during a practice session prior to the second Test match between India and Australia at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on March 2, 2017. Kuldeep Yadav is currently playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League
Kuldeep Yadav bowls in the nets during a practice session prior to the second Test match between India and Australia at The M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on March 2, 2017. Kuldeep Yadav is currently playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League(AFP)

With the increasing demand for quality spinners in limited overs cricket worldwide, Australian veteran Brad Hogg feels young spinners like Kuldeep Yadav can help the Indian cricket team prosper in the upcoming ICC Champions trophy in UK. (IPL full coverage)

It is entirely another matter that both Brad Hogg and Kuldeep Yadav have similar bowling styles -- left-arm Chinaman. Hogg and Kuldeep have been teammates in Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders.

Twenty-two-year-old Kuldeep Yadav made his Test debut against Australia in March in Dharamsala. His four for 68 in the first innings went a long way in India winning the Test and the series. His wickets included David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Pat Cummins -- all proven batsmen.

Kolkata Knight Riders’ Kuldeep Yadav (R) celebrates after taking the wicket of Mumbai Indians’ Parthiv Patel during the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on April 9, 2017. (AFP)

In the current IPL season, Kuldeep Yadav has taken eight wickets in nine matches for Kolkata Knight Riders and his clever spells of spin bowling have kept batsmen on the tenterhooks. Hogg feels it is this ability that makes the Kanpur lad an automatic choice for ICC Champions Trophy.

“Yes, Kuldeep can be effective in England. The best cricketers are the ones who can adapt to foreign conditions,” Hogg told PTI during an interaction.

“Great thing about the sport is no two countries are same. There is always something different that adds to variety of the different individuals. One of his (Kuldeep) next job will be to bowl on different wickets.”

The 46-year-old Hogg has played 123 ODIs for Australia apart from 7 Tests and 15 T20 Internationals. He has been one of the most sought-after bowlers in limited overs cricket.

Hogg has a word of advice for Kuldeep -- gain more control over the stock ball before expanding his variety.

“He is a different bowler for sure. There aren’t too many chinaman bowlers in world cricket at the moment. Kuldeep has great variety and strength of any spinner is his variations. You may know all the tricks in the trade but no point using the tricks if you haven’t yet mastered a stock delivery,” said Hogg.

India's Kuldeep Yadav (R) celebrates the caught and bowled dismissal of Australia's Pat Cummins (L) with teammate Ravichandran Ashwin (2L) as wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (2R) looks on during the fourth and last Test in Dharamsala on March 25, 2017. (AFP)

When asked how a spinner can decide on the kind of stock delivery (his go-to ball), he wants to bowl, Hogg explained it would depend on the format one plays.

“If you are playing 50-over cricket, a leg-spinner can be a bit more slower and use his leg-break. In Test cricket, it’s entirely different where you have to be very patient. Coming to T20, one needs to be a bit more quicker through the air,” he said.

Hogg then gave the example of Samuel Badree, one of the successful spinners in the shortest format.

“Someone like Badree skids deliveries into pads a little bit more so that batsmen don’t free their arms. In T20 cricket, one needs to be a little bit quicker so that the batsmen don’t come out of their crease. You can’t bowl good length in T20s as batsman would hit you out of the park,” he reasoned.

Hogg said consistency is the key for a spinner.

“T20 is more about regularly building pressure and not allowing batsmen to score. Try and build on the dots. Limit the ones and engage one batsman who’s going after you.”

Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan have been very successful leg-spinners in this edition of the IPL and Hogg is impressed with how captains have used their attacking options wisely.

“Leg-spinners can be operational in Powerplays and some have been used in the middle period when the ball gets scuffed.

“It’s about utilising at right times. All captains have used leg-spinners wisely. That’s the biggest factor. When exactly are you using them,” Hogg said.

(With inputs from PTI)