Hog­ging the Lime­light At 46, the Aussie Chi­na­man is hav­ing a blast – both while bowl­ing and on the mic

The Economic Times - - Economy & Sports - Am­lan Chakraborty

At 45, Brad Hogg is al­most an anachro­nism in the youth­ful world of Twenty20 cricket but the Aus­tralian Chi­na­man­bowler­con­tin­uesto­prove he still has what it takes to be suc­cess­ful.

Hogg, with his tongue-out ac­tion, was the pick of the Kolkata Knight Rid­ers’ bowlers in Sun­day night’s nine-wicket vic­tory against Delhi Dare­dev­ils, re­turn­ing 3-19 with four tidy overs of un­ortho­dox left-arm spin at Eden Gar­dens in the IPL. The age­less Aus­tralian teased Pawan Negi and Sanju Sam­son with flight be­fore dis­miss­ing both and went on to de­ceive Amit Mishra with a goo­gly. Sam­son was not even born when Hogg made his first class de­but in early 1994, while Negi was in di­a­pers.

Ye­tan­oth­erAus­tralian­spin­nerdes­tined to spend much of his ca­reer in the­shad­owofthe­greatShaneWarne, Hogg re­tired from in­ter­na­tional cricket in 2008 af­ter seven Tests and 123 one-day­ers.

His­child-li­keen­thu­si­asm,how­ever, never left him. Cricket’s short­est for­mat gave his ca­reer a sec­ond wind and Hogg made a sur­prise re­turn to Twenty20 In­ter­na­tion­als in 2012 via the Big Bash League at the ripe old age of 40. The dream to play this year’s World Twenty20 did not ma­te­ri­alise but the Aus­tralian’s ex­ploits in Sun­day’s IPL match has, once again, prompted the ‘old-is-gold’ cliché. Hogg was in the thick of things on Sun­day, claim­ing three wick­ets, tak­ing a skier and even mim­ick­ing, on com­men­ta­tors’ re­quest, his habit of stick­ing his tongue out when bowl­ing. “I’m com­ing close to the other end of my life, so I got to en­joy as much,” the spin­ner told the tour­na­ment web­site.

“I’ve re­ally en­joyed it. The game of cricket has given me so much. Hope­fully, when my ca­reer does fin­ish, I can give a lot back.”

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