Former Aussie spinner Brad Hogg is quite active on his YouTube channel these days and he’s making comments about different aspects of the game. During a Q/A session, a fan asked him that ‘Which Test team can defeat India in India’?
The spin wizard replied that Pakistan is the best-suited team to beat India in India as they have got a pretty strong bowling unit.
“Well I think the best team at the moment would be Pakistan because they have got a very strong pace unit and have got some good spinners. They also got depth in their batting and know the Indian conditions quite well,” said Hogg.
Realistically, there is no chance of an Indo-Pak series at the moment and that is why Hogg picked Australia as the 2nd favorite team to take India down in their backyard.
“But they can’t go over there for government reasons, so the next best team is Australia and I am not being biased. We have got the likes of [David] Warner, [Marnus] Labuschagne and Steve Smith. We have got a very potent batting line-up as well as bowling line-up. I think if there is any chance of us beating India on Indian soil right now, it’s going to be over the next couple of years,” he added.
Hogg also suggested a 4-match Test series between India and Pakistan and stated that the fans on both sides of the border are waiting anxiously for the encounter.
“India should play Pakistan in a four-match Test series, with two matches in India and other two in Pakistan, over the Christmas period. We have not seen it for a while and the public are starving for it,” he said.
He also added that the series between India and Pakistan will have many attractions as the fans would see Babar Azam and Virat Kohli in the same series whereas Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Afridi will also catch a lot of attention.
“There are many reasons for it. Firstly, [Virat] Kohli and Babar Azam, who is the best out of those two? Well that will be proven in this series. Then you have got [Jasprit] Bumrah against [Shaheen Shah] Afridi, which means quality bowling attack and then the spinners, Ravichandran [Ashwin] versus [Yasir] Shah and it’s all in Asian conditions. Brilliant stuff, let’s have it!” he concluded.