‘They are getting old, not doing well’, Brad Hogg made a big statement about these players of Team India
youth should get a chance
Brad Hogg said that the selectors should now give more chances to the young players in Test cricket. Responding to fans’ queries on his official YouTube channel, Hogg said, “I think it’s great that the selectors have kept Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma out of the Test team. Both these players are old now and they have not been performing well for a long time. You need to bring youngsters into the team so that they can gain experience with people who are already experienced.
Ishant and Rahane disappointed
Ishant Sharma was dropped from the Test team after the Test series played against New Zealand in November last year and Ajinkya Rahane was dropped from the Test team after the tour of South Africa. The performance of both these players has been poor for a long time. In 2021, Ishant took only 14 wickets in 8 matches. During this his average was around 33. The growing age (33 years), poor fitness and performance of young fast bowlers also raised big questions for Ishant. He also went unsold in the IPL Mega Auction. Rahane’s situation is no different. He scored his last century in Tests two years ago against Australia in 2020. Since 2020, Ajinkya has scored only 819 runs in 19 Test matches at an average of 24. Rahane has also turned 33 and Shreyas Iyer made a lot of headlines when he played at number 5 in the home Test series against Sri Lanka in his absence.
Brad Hogg further praised the KKR captain and Shreyas Iyer, who scored a century in his debut Test, in his video. He said, “He will go ahead with the batting in Test cricket with Virat Kohli. Shreyas Iyer is going to spend many years with former captain Kohli to be able to bat, understand the longer format game and develop a game plan.” In the 4 Test matches played so far, Shreyas Iyer has played 55, Has scored a total of 388 runs with an impressive average of .43. He has scored 3 fifties and a century in 7 innings.
Fifth Test from July 5
The last match of the 5-match Test series between India and England will be played from July 5 at Edgbaston, Brimingham. Let us tell you that this match was to be played last year, but it was postponed due to the ever-increasing corona cases. Currently, Team India is leading 2-1 in the Test series. If India wins this Test match or draws the last Test, then after 15 years, England will capture the Test series on the soil. The Indian team won the last Test series in England in 2007 under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid.