Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg recently picked his India’s bowling attack for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. Hogg stated the bowling attack depends on the conditions on offer. In overcast conditions, he would choose four fast-bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj and Ishant Sharma and one spinner in Ravindra Jadeja.
“The balance of the bowling attack for India that I would see playing in this World Test Championship final will be in overcast conditions, that’s the weather report. I would have four quicks and one spinner. I would go with Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj in its place of Shardul Thakur. I would have Ravindra Jadeja as the fifth bowling option because you need that extra batting on that day in the Indian batting line-up,” Brad Hogg claimed.
He further said that he would open the bowling attack with Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah would come at number three. He also gave relevant reasons to explain the same.
“The way that I see these bowlers operating through this Test match is Shami and Sharma opening the bowling. These two bowlers have got the best record against left-hand batsmen in the first 20-over period. So Shami swinging the ball into Latham who is having a bit of trouble with that delivery can get him out LBW early,” Brad Hogg explained.
Brag Hogg believes that amongst the pace battery, Ishant Sharma could pick the wicket of Devon Conway.
“Devon Conway, who even though looks like may not have any chinks in the armour may have one against Ishant Sharma. He hasn’t been tested with the ball going away from him. If we look at Ishant Sharma coming around the wicket to the left-handers, he is able to attack that off-stump and just take it away slightly, making the left-hander play and push outside the off-stump. With that extra bounce that Ishant Sharma gets, I think Devon Conway is going to be tested,” Hogg explained.
India and New Zealand play the WTC final in Southampton, starting from 18th June 2021.