Former Australia left-arm spinner Brad Hogg is impressed with the way Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer Umesh Yadav has bowled so far in this season. The 34-year-old has claimed nine wickets in just four games at 5.25. Hogg believes Yadav completely dominated Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma in their match on Wednesday. Sharma could only score three runs off 12 deliveries and the Yadav ensured that Sharma didn’t get off to a flying start as well.
Speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg explained: “He had the ball on the good areas. Rohit Sharma was getting frustrated, he tried to use his feet. He (Umesh) got to bowl fuller, cramp Rohit Sharma up, then bowl a little bit shorter and then at the backend of the innings he bowled two shortish deliveries cramping Rohit Sharma up and the final delivery was a little shorter and quicker but just outside off-stump.”
However, Umesh Yadav has now dismissed Rohit Sharma five times in the T20s and Brad Hogg feels this will be interesting when the two teams meet again later in the season. He added: “Rohit Sharma went for the pull shot and out he went. Umesh Yadav right now is all over Rohit Sharma. So I am looking forward to the next contest between Mumbai Indians and KKR.”
However, Brad Hogg also praised the young player Rasikh Salam for a great show on his IPL 2022 debut against MI. The veteran feels the control with which Salam bowled helped his side put pressure on MI from both ends. The 22-year-old gave away only 18 runs in his three overs.
“Probably one of the biggest finds in the bowling department is Rasikh Salam at KKR. Every team knows that when they are up against KKR, they have got Umesh Yadav who bowls with absolute pace, Cummins and then you got to take on the spinners and that fifth bowler. Salam swings the ball both ways, he gets them in the right areas. He is also has a good slower ball. That is what I like about him that early on when he felt he was under pressure, the batters were going to come after him, he was prepared to bowl those slower balls and they were effective,” Brad Hogg concluded.