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T20 World Cup 2022: Former Australia cricketer Brad Hogg said that the semi-final match against England is India’s game to lose.
T20 World Cup semi-final vs England is India’s game to lose, says Brad Hogg (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg believes India are the outright favourite against England in the second semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2022. India will take on England in Adelaide on November 10 for a place in the final of the T20 World Cup.
Hogg reckons that the Adelaide semi-final is India’s game to lose due to a number of injury concerns in the England side. Notably, Dawid Malan and Mark Wood are both expected to miss the upcoming semi-final match. Jos Buttler and his teammates are considering potential replacements, and as of now, Phil Salt and Chris Jordan are set to make the starting XI.
“The semi-final is India’s game to lose. Wood is not there, instead, there is Jordan. You need that sheer pace in Adelaide against Suryakumar Yadav and Kohli. You want to bowl short and get them to pull,” Hogg said on his YouTube channel.
Hogg further suggested that England could promote Ben Stokes up the order in the absence of Malan in the crucial semi-final tie vs India.
“If Malan does not play, India can expose the middle order. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the best bowler in the powerplay, he has got Buttler out five times as well in the past.
“I think if Malan does not feature, then Stokes comes in at No.3. You look at his T20 record and it is not flashy. But, what he can do is, take a few balls to settle like Malan and just dominate. He is a left-handed batter as well, then you’ve got Salt coming in next,” Hogg added.
Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav are the players in form for India even as they expect their captain Rohit Sharma to score some runs in the crucial semifinal match. India are yet to play at their best in the tournament but the semifinal of a world cup and Adelaide Oval would be a perfect arena for them to put on a show.