Former Australia spinner, Brad Hogg has recently commented on India’s T20I side and has also taken a dig at young pacer, Umran Malik.
Furthermore, the 23-year-old has been selected to play the ODIs and T20Is for the upcoming series and will look to make a fresh start.
Meanwhile, Malik had a rather horrible IPL 2023 wherein he didn’t pick up enough wickets for his side, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Therefore, Hogg feels that this series will be a reminder and a lesson for the youngster that not everything is about pace.
Also, Umran’s last international outing for India was against New Zealand at home. Additionally, he has played 8 ODIs and 8 T20Is respectively.
In both these formats, he has picked up 13 and 11 wickets respectively. Thus, this tour will allow Umran to make and establish his place in the Indian squad for the ODI World Cup as well.
Moreover, Hogg has also stated that this tour will be quite a good one for Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh as well.
Pandya is struggling with the bat a little bit, but he has got the potential, he has shown it in the past. I think this will be a very important series for Arshdeep to develop. I think with the IPL that he has just had, the coming series will be a lesson for Umran Malik. He will realize that it is not just about pace.
Hogg feels India will have more opportunities before the T20 World Cup
Meanwhile, Pandya will lead the T20I side in the place of regular skipper, Rohit Sharma against the Windies.
Also, India will be looking to strengthen their side for the upcoming ODI World Cup and are looking ahead of Bumrah who is still unavailable due to injury.
Hogg feels that this is a good sign from the Indian selectors who have chosen to select youth and give them maximum international opportunities.
I really like the way that the selectors have gone there, they have gone for youth, they want to see what is coming through, they want to give them international experience, more opportunities moving forward with the T20 World Cup.
For now, India is fully focused on the preparations for the upcoming ODI World Cup which is scheduled to take place in the months of October-November.
Additionally, with only a year and over to go for the next edition of the T20 World Cup, the hunt for Indian selectors for young talent has already started.
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