'Bowling against Indians a great challenge'

Published: Sunday, November 16, 2003, 3:26 [IST]
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Kolkata: Australian spinner Brad Hogg on Saturday paid tributes to the Indian batsmen's traditional finesse against spin, saying that the bowling stints against them have been a great learning experience for him. ''Bowling on Indian surfaces is always tough. The Indians have class batsmen who are quite adept with the conditions and play spinners very well. I have enjoyed the trip and it has been a great learning experience for him,'' said Hogg. ''I'm happy at the way things have gone. I'm now looking forward to playing at the Eden, where the atmosphere will be great,'' said Hogg. Hogg, whose first victim in Test was Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, said that he was relishing the prospect of bowling to the dashing southpaw. ''It will provide me a great opportunity of bowling to a quality batsman who tackles spinners so nicely''.

Hogg said that he benefited a lot form his interactions with spin legends B S Bedi and E A S Prasanna. The Aussie spinner said that he has also got valuable tips from the great Shane Warne, who had earlier said that Hogg was learning the tricks of the trade well. ''In fact, myself, Warne and Stuart (McGill) always help each other. The world would have seen a lot of Stuart had he not been born in the Warnie era''. Asked whether he liked his role of basically containing the batsmen, Hogg said, ''basically, I bowl according to the situation.

If you bowl tight from one end, chances are there that the guy from the other end will get wickets. The basic aim is to put pressure on the rival willowers''.

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