Australia way behind India now: Brad Hogg to India Today

first_imgIndia are on their quest to become the No. 1 side in the world in all three formats and will step onto pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad to take a step forward towards that.The three-match T20I series is locked at 1-1 at the moment and Australian spinner Brad Hogg has been impressed  by the show on display so far.”It is turning out to be great series, especially the T20Is. Australia weren’t that flash early on in the series especially in the one-dayers,” he said in an exclusive chat with India Today’s Boria Majumdar.But he isn’t yet ready to compare this Indian team to the one he played for in the early 2000s.”I am not going to compare the Australian team of the past to the Indian team now or the Australian team now. I think that is very unfair”, he said.He feels the current Australian side is way behind their Indian counterpart. India, he says, has set the bar at the current moment and he credits India’s captain, Virat Kohli for the rise.”What I like about this team is that they have a captain who leads from the front. He has got standards that he expects all of his players to uphold. And if he doesn’t uphold his standards  he is letting his team down. He is leading from the front in that aspect. they want to set the bar at a very high level like the Australian wanted to raise the bar,” he said.advertisementWATCH VIDEOSomeone else who has impressed the Chinaman is Kuldeep Yadav, who he mentored whilst at Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.He decoded Kuldeep’s art, as he himself knows a thing or two about it.”To put it simply, he bowls a ball and spins it both ways.  That is where his strength is. Where his weakness is been quickening the ball up when he is under pressure. When he needs to speed it up, his action sort of deteriorates, ie. he blocks himself off,” he explained.  “He needs to straighten himself slightly, he needs to get a bit stronger in the hips, moving forward. he is only 22, he has a great foundation, so his variation is strength, but being able to change his pace is probably his weakness. That is what Australia have found  out in the particular tournament  and they exposed that in the last game,” he added.last_img

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