Australian spinner Brad Hogg believes that India needs to play well against England if they want to qualify for the WTC final for the second successive occasion. He believes India could get into trouble if they don’t start well in the series.
In a video on his Youtube Channel, Hogg claimed that the England series could become a nightmare for them if India doesn’t play to their potential.
“India have 19 games, out of which they will need to win 13 games to get into the WTC final. They are playing western teams on their home soil where they have got a huge advantage. But away, England is where their nightmare could begin. If they don’t start well against England, they will be on the back foot early and will have to catch up,” Brad Hogg stated.
Hogg also predicted the chances of England reaching the WTC final after 2 years. The Australian spinner reckons that if England manages to win 4 games out of 5 against India, then they will have a real chance of making it into the summit clash.
“England will play India and this is what I feel will decide their fate whether they will play the WTC final after two years or not. If they can dominate India, win four out of the five-Test matches and not allow India to win, have a draw in the fifth Test, that sets them up perfectly. They then have to beat Australia at least twice on their home soil to have a chance of reaching the WTC final,” Brad Hogg concluded.
Earlier, Hogg noted that Suryakumar Yadav has proven to be a valuable player of the team, given his outstanding performance during India’s tour of Sri Lanka.
The first Test between India and England will begin on August 4 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.