Pakistan can beat Kohli-led India in India, says Hogg

Written by Abhishek Patil

Former Australian spinner and two-time World Cup winner Brad Hogg made a bold claim as he picked Pakistan as his favourite to beat India in India. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Hogg named Pakistan after a fan asked him which team can beat India in India. Hogg said Pakistan have a strong pace attack, a decent spin unit and they understand the conditions well which will help them in outclassing India in their own backyard.

“Well, I think the best team at the moment would be Pakistan because they have got a very strong pace unit and have got some good spinners. They also got depth in their batting and know the Indian conditions quite well,” Hogg said.

However, India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series between them since 2012 and are unlikely to face each other in India anytime soon due to the political tensions between the two nations. Hogg picked Australia as his second favourite to beat India at home after realising that India and Pakistan don’t play outside ICC tournaments.

“But they can’t go over there for government reasons, so the next best team is Australia and I am not being biased. We have got the likes of [David] Warner, [Marnus] Labuschagne and Steve Smith. We have got a very potent batting line-up as well as bowling line-up. I think if there is any chance of us beating India on Indian soil right now, it’s going to be over the next couple of years,” Hogg said.

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