“Ganguly Hit Me For A Six Over Mid-On”

Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg recently shared an epic story about dismissing Indian cricket legend Sourav Ganguly on his Test debut.

Hogg revealed that he had come into the Australian team as a left-arm chinaman bowler, and was tasked with bowling to Ganguly during his debut Test match in 1996.

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India and Australia have a long-standing rivalry in cricket, with many memorable clashes between the two sides. One of the most famous of these matches was the Kolkata Test in 2001, which recently celebrated its 22nd anniversary. In this match, India batters VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid put together a remarkable partnership of 376 runs in the second innings, helping India to post a mammoth score of 657/7 after being forced to follow on. India eventually won the match by 170 runs, stunning the Australians and cementing their place in cricket history.

In recent years, India has been the more dominant side in Test cricket, having defeated Australia in the last four series, including two away series wins. This has been a significant achievement for India, as Australia has long been one of the strongest teams in world cricket. The Indian team has shown great resilience and determination in these matches, with both their batting and bowling lineups performing exceptionally well.

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 “I’ve got no idea what I’m doing”- Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg, a former Australian spinner, too took a trip down memory lane by telling a tale about his Test debut in Delhi. Shane Warne, who had to withdraw from the game owing to an injury, was replaced in the starting lineup by Hogg in the waning seconds. Hogg described how he dismissed Sourav Ganguly from the game, discussing his chat with the captain at the time, Mark Taylor, who assisted him in organizing the removal.

“I’ll take you back to 1996 when I first played for Australia. I had only been bowling leg spin for 2 years, they took me out there as an understudy of Shane Warne. Shane got an injury, that brought McIntyre over, and they played me as well. I had only been bowling for 2 years, so I was a bit underdeveloped,” Brad Hogg began as he narrated the story on his official YouTube channel.

Brad Hogg fondly recounted an interaction he had with Mark Taylor during a match against India. Hogg was bowling to the Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly and had decided to come around the wicket. Taylor, who was the Australian captain at the time, approached him and asked why he was changing his angle.

Hogg explained that he was trying to create some pressure and get a good line and length. Taylor then asked him how he planned to get Ganguly out, to which Hogg replied that he had only been bowling for two years and had no idea what he was doing. Taylor then decided to set the field for Hogg and encouraged him to bowl in a good area.

“First ball I bowled around the wicket, Ganguly hit me for a six over mid-on. ‘Plan isn’t working here, Mark’ I said. He replied, ‘That’s alright, stick to your guns, bowl a bit outside leg-stump. Ganguly went for a sweep shot, Mark Waugh caught it at first slip.

“That’s where I got my first wicket. Took me another seven-and-a-half years to take another Test scalp after that. India belted me after that and I got a lesson of a lifetime back in 1996. I had a lot of work to do in international cricket,” Brad Hogg added.

Brad Hogg was a valuable asset to the Australian limited-overs team during the late 2000s and early 2010s. However, he was unable to translate his success in limited-overs cricket to the Test format. Despite playing in seven Test matches for Australia, Hogg could only manage to claim a total of 17 wickets.

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