Former Australian left arm wrist spinner Brad Hogg believes it will be difficult for India to compete with Aussies at Brisbane without Jasprit Bumrah. The speedster has been ruled out of the fourth Test due to an abdominal strain. Thus he is added to a long list of Indian players who are injured.
Despite so many injuries the visitors have shown incredible resolve and saved the SCG Test with the series still level at 1-1. Brad Hogg believes this Indian team has shown great character in challenging the Australian team in their own den.
“I have liked the way Australia have been put under pressure, if you go into the last two Test matches, Australia were the favourites, they were on their home soil. India were depleted, they had lost Shami, Shami was the perfect pick for Sydney. Siraj and Saini stood up and it just showed character. So for me, Australia being put on the back foot is what you want to see in their home. It is going to be a big fight for Australia to pick up the title in Brisbane but without Bumrah there it will be hard ask for India to stay in the contest,” Brad Hogg said on Sports Today.
Brad Hogg also heaped praise on the way Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant batted on Day 5. While Pant plans a quickfire knock of 97 off just 118 balls, Pujara showed patience and took 205 balls to score 77 runs. Till they were around India had a genuine chance of pulling off an improbable chase. Pant terrified the Aussies to the core till he was present at the crease.
“Well done to Pujara as well as Pant, he is my favourite cricketer at the moment. He can turn a game on its back.”