Former Australian player Brad Hogg heaped praises for the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who was the chief to get India to Brisbane’s historic win.
Pant played defining knock in the fourth innings in Sydney and Brisbane. He smashed 97 at the SCG while remained 89 not out at the Gabba.
“I would be putting him there right now because he has got the confidence and the belief. He has proven himself with two match-winning knocks in this Test series. You can’t get better than that playing for India on Australian soil. I would put him in place of Iyer. Keep your all-round options there for batting and bowling depth. He will be there for either Iyer or Sanju Samson,” Brad Hogg said on his Youtube channel.
Pant hits variety shots from his willow
“He is hard to bowl to because he plays a variety of shots that are different to any other batsman. Get him in there,” added Hogg.
Hogg even spoke of Kohli and Rahane’s captaincy.
“He (Virat Kohli) bats better when he is the captain. I think if you change it, it would destroy the culture of that Indian team. It might affect Kohli’s batting. He wouldn’t want it to happen, but it will happen,” Hogg said.
“Yes, Ajinkya Rahane has done a fantastic job in the last three Tests in Australia. He is cool, calm and collected. He is quite decisive, and he doesn’t get agitated. He is a fantastic leader. But I will leave him as vice-captain because I think Virat Kohli leads from the front,” added Hogg.