With India‘s chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav already making an impact in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, former Australian chinaman Brad Hogg, who earlier played alongside Kuldeep for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), has backed the young spinner. Hogg feels that Kuldeep should be picked for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017, while he backs him to make an impact on the slow tracks of England. Hogg also gave some valuable advice to the young spinner during his stint with Kolkata, where he told him to gain control over the stock ball, while he looked to expand the variety of spins he could come up with. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Match 37 at Hyderabad
“Yes, Kuldeep can be effective in England. The best cricketers are the ones who can adapt to foreign conditions. Great thing about the sport is no two countries are same. There is always something different that adds to variety of the different individuals. One of his [Kuldeep] next job will be to bowl on different wickets. He is a different bowler for sure. There aren’t too many chinaman bowlers in world cricket at the moment. Kuldeep has great variety and strength of any spinner is his variations. You may know all the tricks in the trade but no point using the tricks if you haven’t yet mastered a stock delivery,” said Hogg, as reported by PTI.
Speaking on how spinners can decide with the stock delivery, he explained, “If you are playing 50-over cricket, a leg-spinner can be a bit more slower and use his leg-break. In Test cricket, it’s entirely different where you have to be very patient. Coming to T20, one needs to be a bit more quicker through the air. Someone like Badree skids deliveries into pads a little bit more so that batsmen don’t free their arms. In T20 cricket, one needs to be a little bit quicker so that the batsmen don’t come out of their crease. You can’t bowl good length in T20s as batsman would hit you out of the park.”
On being asked what is the key to consistency for the spinners, he said, “T20 is more about regularly building pressure and not allowing batsmen to score. Try and build on the dots. Limit the ones and engage one batsman who’s going after you. Leg-spinners can be operational in Powerplays and some have been used in the middle period when the ball gets scuffed. It’s about utilising at right times. All captains have used leg-spinners wisely. That’s the biggest factor. When exactly are you using them.”