Kuldeep Yadav has been the talk of the town ever since his stellar hat-trick against the Aussies at the iconic Eden Gardens where he became the third bowler after Chetan Sharma and Harbhajan Singh to claim the feat.
It is no surprise that youngsters get to learn from the experience of the seniors and that would do a world of good. For the chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, it is Brad Hogg who helped him get the best out of himself in the battle of ball.
The former Australia chinaman Brad Hogg and the fresh lad Kuldeep Yadav developed a strong bond between each other when they worked together in the same KKR franchise.
Serving as a mentor for KKR franchise, Brad Hogg helped the bowlers in tweaking their bowling rhythm at the best scene.
When asked about what really was the information passed to Kuldeep Yadav, Brad Hogg shrugged off such things by claiming it as personal as it cannot be revealed.
“I’m not going to go into it because for me it’s confidential between me and Kuldeep. We’re close mates and he’s confided in me so it’d be pretty rude for me to take that information and give it away,” Brad Hogg told cricket.com.au
Brad Hogg wants other bowlers to up their ante to get into the groove. He wants some more from the bowlers to bowl more like a chinaman.
“I want that art to succeed and I want other kids to be bowling it. And we’re seeing a lot more kids bowling it and coming through the ranks. So I’m caught in between a rock and a hard place a little bit, I guess,” Hogg continued.
“It’s quite funny, we WhatsApp each other and he keeps calling me ‘Sir’ and I keep saying ‘mate, just call me Hoggy. And that’s a difference in cultures and his upbringing,” Hogg said.
Kuldeep Yadav’s personality helped create a strong circle of bond with Brad Hogg. “He shows a lot of respect for his elders and in his own right he’s established himself. The thing about Kuldeep I like is it’s not just his bowling, it’s his personality and him as a person,” Hogg added.