Former Australian spinner Bradd Hogg has said that he was impressed with Team India’s selection policy for the final Test match against England. However, Team India dropped two key players – their vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who is currently out with a tendon injury, and fast bowler Ishant Sharma as well.
Rahane has not been given a chance after the South Africa series, and it seems that the team have found his replacement in Shreyas Iyer, who is a much more aggressive batter in the middle order than Rahane. Iyer impressed in the home series against Sri Lanka, single-handedly rescuing the hosts in the tricky Bangalore Test match.
While speaking on his YouTube channel, Brad Hogg also said that it was a good selection call to bring in youth. India also gave a chance to Prasidh Krishna in the squad as well. Sharma has not found a space in the first XI since Mohammed Siraj is in the Test team and he has not been given a chance by replacing either Jasprit Bumrah or Mohammed Shami as well. However, Team India will take on England in the final rescheduled Test match on July 1 at Edgbaston.
“I think it’s great that the selectors have removed Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma from the Test team. They have been ageing and haven’t been performing to the best of their abilities of late. You’ve got to move on and bring youth in and rotate them so that they get experience alongside those who are already experienced,” Hogg said during a Q&A session.
“Iyer is going to spend a number of years batting alongside Kohli, learning the game for the longer form and being able to develop a game plan where he is going to succeed. And then you’ve got Krishna, who will be coming up alongside Bumrah and Shami. So that is a good policy to rotate the players,” Brad Hogg concluded.