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Brad Hogg believes that India has the best batsman in the no 6 and 7 positions in the T20I format

December 7, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Former Australian leg spinner Brad Hogg believes that India currently has the most stable team in the T20I format. India has not lost a single T20I this year. Following India’s win against Australia in the 2nd T2OI, India's unbeaten streak is now 9 games. Hogg believes that the main reason behind India’s win record is the availability of Jadeja and Pandya in the team.

Brad Hogg believes that if a team wants to win a T20 World cup, the no 6 and 7 batsmen have a very crucial role to play. He believes so because these batsmen hold the responsibility for finishing off the innings. Hogg states that Jadeja and Pandya have done that on a consistent basis. This is why he believes that India has had such a successful run in the T20I format this year.

India has tremendous batting depth and quality bowlers: Hogg

The Indian team was outplayed by Australia in the ODI series. After losing the ODI series, India managed to clinch the T20I series, thanks to contributions from Pandya and Jadeja. Jadeja did not play the 2nd T20I. This happened because he incurred a concussion in the final over of the innings in the 1st T20I. However, his knock of 44 in just 23 balls helped India post a total of 161 on the board. With a strike rate of 191.3, Jadeja smashed 5 fours and 1 six in his innings. Jadeja was also quite brilliant with the ball in the ODI series. His average economy of 6 more than justifies his selection as an all-rounder for the team.

Pandya, on the other hand, was outstanding against Australia in the 2nd T20I. With a total of 194 to chase, Pandya took control of the match after he came on to bat. In just 22 balls, Pandya smashed 42 runs against Australia. With a strike rate of 190.91, Pandya took the Aussie bowlers to the cleaners. Along with Shreyas Iyer, he chased the total with only 2 balls to spare.

His wonderful knock saw India win the T20I series with a T20I still left to play. Seeing their performances for the Indian side, Hogg believes that India is better than Australia in the T20I format. With the last T20I starting tomorrow, India will look to win the last T20I, taking their streak to 10. Australia, on the other hand, will play this for pride, as they seek to break India’s winning streak.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth