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Brad Hogg opines on Yashasvi Jaiswal’s biggest challenge for India in Tests
By SMCS - Feb 23, 2024 9:20 am
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Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg said that young Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal will be tested in overseas Tests where the ball moves around and with extra bounce on offer as well. Jaiswal has been in great form in the ongoing Test series against England, playing an aggressive brand of cricket right from the beginning. However, Hogg feels the youngster will need to adapt his game to do well in overseas conditions.

Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal scores a double century

In a video on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg said: “I think he is the best young prospect going around. He hasn’t played much pace this series and that’s where his next Test will be when he comes to Australia, England and South Africa. There will be pace in the surface and you cannot afford to play outside the off-stump early on. But the way he has spoken, I believe he will work in his technique when he goes there and gives himself the best chance of success.”

However, Brad Hogg also praised wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel for an impressive Test debut as well. Moreover, Yashasvi Jaiswal became just the third Indian batter to score back-to-back double-tons after his stunning 214 against England in the Rajkot Test. He now has a massive 545 runs from just six innings in the ongoing series at an outstanding average of 109 as well.

“I am very impressed with Jurel. I feel sorry for Bharat, but Jurel offers more with the bat and with gloves. He is going to have a very bright future, also depending on whether Pant gets fully fit and plays all three formats,” he added.

England team
England team

Meanwhile, Brad Hogg also claimed that England’s ultra-aggressive approach didn’t mean that they were overconfident against an injury-ravaged Indian team. He also felt that was just how the visitors played and backed them to play their natural game as well.

“I don’t think they have (underestimated India’s inexperience). They are just playing their brand of cricket and know that India’s youth has such talent and they were just trying to bat quickly to give their bowlers enough time to pick 20 wickets. They just got hampered by young Jaiswal. The brand of cricket that he played along with Sarfaraz too, out pressure on England. Their bowlers and the inexperience is making it too much to handle at the moment and that’s where the difference of the two teams is,” Brad Hogg concluded.