Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has jumped to the defence of India’s Mohammed Siraj for his performance in the rearranged Test against England.
Siraj had a mixed performance against England in the rearranged Test (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Siraj had a mixed performance against England
- Hogg said that the Edgbaston performance will be a good lesson for the Indian pacer
- Hogg praised Siraj’s good mindset and courage
Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg has defended Mohammed Siraj after his performance in the rearranged Test against England at Edgbaston, saying that people tend to forget how good he was in Australia.
Siraj played a major role in India’s win down under, as he stepped in when the attack was depleted due to injuries and guided the team to a famous series win in 2021.
The Indian pacer had a mixed performance against England recently. In the first innings, he picked up four wickets. However, he was taken apart by the English batters in the second one, as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root scored hundreds to guide the hosts to an incredible win at Edgbaston.
Hogg has now defended the 28-year-old, pointing out his impressive run in Australia. As quoted by The Hindustan Times, the former Australian spinner was happy that the management is giving opportunities to players like Siraj and the outing at Edgbaston will prove to be a good lesson for the pacer.
This is a great thing, you are giving opportunities to the likes of Siraj. He got belted over there in that Test match against England but at the end of the day, they are good lessons to be that. Bit like me coming here in 1996 and going, I’ve got to learn a lot more,” said Hogg.
Hogg continued by saying that people tend to forget his heroics in Australia and said the 28-year-old has a good mindset and courage.
“When you say bad things about him because he didn’t have a good match there, you forget what he did over in Australia when he led that attack when India were depleted. He won the series for you by carrying that attack over there. So he has got a good mindset, courage, wants to be in the contest. Every now and then he is going to have a bad tournament and that is a lesson for him,” said Hogg.
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