Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg has shared his opinion regarding the Ahmedabad franchise’s new appointments prior to the mega auction. The management signed Ashish Nehra as head coach while adding Hardik Pandya as their first draft pick as well as their captain too.
Nehra has been associated with the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise as an assistant coach earlier. This, however, marks Pandya’s first tenure as captain at the highest level. Hogg applauded the duo’s “excitable” personality but was stated that there are a lot of differences at the same time.
While speaking on his YouTube channel, he said: “Hardik Pandya and Ashish Nehra are personalities that are excitable over at Ahmedabad. When they’ve got a team together, they have to understand there are different personalities as well. Don’t go about giving 100 advice to a bowler at the top of the mark.”
Brad Hogg further added: “Trust the players. When Nehra was the assistant coach at RCB, he was always on the edge of the rope giving advice, I did not like what I saw there. He does not want to do that in Ahmedabad.”
The Ahmedabad franchise has also picked Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill ahead of the mega auction of IPL 2022. They have 53-crore remaining in their kitty to buy the rest of their squad. However, Hardik Pandya has been appointed as the vice-captain for only one game against Sri Lanka last year. Hogg feels that Pandya could be a successful captain too, which embodies Virat Kohli as well.
“Pandya could be a very good captain because he is a bit like Kohli. He wants to go out there and dominate. He’s got a body language that says, ‘I’m here to beat you.’ I think they’ll do a good job. Both are rather inexperienced in their roles, which could be an issue for Ahmedabad. Pandya captaining under Flower and Rahul under Nehra would have been a balance of experience over there,” Brad Hogg concluded.