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