India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023: Virat Kohli’s Test Begins
India’s star cricketer, Virat Kohli, is gearing up for a challenging two months ahead. With the Asia Cup and Cricket World Cup 2023 on the horizon, all eyes will be on him to deliver outstanding performances. The first test for Kohli will come in the highly anticipated India vs Pakistan match in Sri Lanka this Saturday. Known for his impressive performances against Pakistan, Kohli’s shot of hitting a six off Haris Rauf at the MCG is still celebrated in cricket circles. Brad Hogg, the former Australian spinner and World Cup winner, expressed his admiration for Kohli’s skills and commented on his hunger and drive to succeed. Hogg believes that Kohli’s unfinished business on the cricket field poses a significant danger for opposing teams.
Unpredictable World Cup Journey and South Africa as Dark Horse
After the conclusion of the Asia Cup, teams will then shift their focus to the ICC ODI World Cup. According to Hogg, South Africa could be the dark horse of the tournament, making it to the semifinals. He also provided his insights on other teams’ chances in the World Cup, stating that West Indies, Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka may not be involved in the top four. He expressed concerns about England’s unstable middle order and bowling combination. However, Hogg believes that Pakistan’s strong spin and pace attack will make them formidable competitors. He views Australia as the favorites due to their versatile middle order and India as strong contenders on their home soil. Yet, Hogg predicts that South Africa, with their quality batting depth and fiery pace bowlers, could potentially upset both India and Australia.
Kuldeep Yadav’s Redemption
When asked about his thoughts on Kuldeep Yadav, the Australian chinaman bowler commended Yadav for his outstanding performance in this year’s IPL. Hogg acknowledged that Yadav’s time away from the game and focus on refining his technique has paid off. Yadav’s consistency and improved revolution on the ball and drift have impressed Hogg. He also praised Rohit Sharma’s captaincy and the fighter mentality shown by Yadav in his comeback.