Brad Hogg feels Suryakumar Yadav should continue to bat at No.5 in IPL 2022
By SMCS - Apr 16, 2022 2:04 pm
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Former Australian left-arm spinner Brad Hogg believes that the Mumbai Indians (MI) are doing the right thing by sending in Suryakumar Yadav to bat at No.5. The 31-year-old is MI’s best batter this season and many feel he should face the highest number of deliveries as well.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav

While speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, here’s what Brad Hogg said: “Everyone can say Suryakumar Yadav should bat higher up the order. I don’t think so. Rohit and Ishan should open and then bring Brevis and Tilak. They are doing the job. They are scoring at a good click and they are great in the powerplay overs and they are batting well through the middle.”

Brad Hogg has also opined on Suryakumar Yadav’s experience, versatility, and ability to bat at any position for Team India. He added: “Suryakumar Yadav is experienced and you need that at the backend. He can do that job. Not just for Mumbai, but -It will also put him in a good position to represent India a lot more often because he is able to bat in different positions.”

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However, Mumbai Indians have struggled to pick wickets in the powerplay this season and many feel that Jasprit Bumrah needs to be used well with the new ball. But, Brad Hogg says Bumrah should be used as an enforcer in the middle-overs and Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat should try and pick wickets with the new ball in the game.

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On this, the veteran stated: “Everyone is saying Bumrah should be opening the bowling upfront. I don’t think so. Give Unadkat and Thampi the new ball and if they get a couple of breakthroughs then it takes the pressure off Bumrah and Bumrah can go after more wickets to break the middle-order of the opposition.”

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Brad Hogg also added how the likes of Tymal Mills can be used along with Jasprit Bumrah to control the middle-overs.

He added: “But if they don’t pick early wickets, then Bumrah with all his experience comes back in and turns the momentum in Mumbai Indians’ favor. Mills is a quality bowler. He is going to gain experience in this IPL and the wickets there in Mumbai suit his bowling. So he is going to step up a cog moving forward.”