Going to play till I drop: Hogg
Sydney, Feb 1: Just five days shy of his 41st birthday, Brad Hogg made his presence felt in the first T20I international against India at Sydney. Hogg’s enthusiasm was for all to see as the spinner helped the home side notch yet another victory in the series. With figures of one for 21 from his quota of four overs, Hogg belied his age with a feisty performance as the Aussies beat India by 31 runs.
Hogg talked about his return to the big stage after a long hiatus during a post-match TV interview.
On his return to international cricket
It’s a fantastic feeling. I’ve been out of the game for two and half or three years now. I made a comeback for my state in T20 and I’ve enjoyed some success and all of a sudden I am back in Australian colours. I am just having an absolute whale of a time.
On whether it’s surreal playing at almost 41
It is, it is. I’ve been out for three years and now getting an opportunity to play international cricket [is amazing]. I am not going to let this one go. I am going to play till I drop. I am really enjoying my cricket, I am enjoying the young blokes. We are having a great time at the moment.
On maintaining his form
I just do what I did before and that’s go out and put the ball out there. Some days it’s going to happen for you, other days it’s not. We’ve got a great group of young blokes who are looking forward to the T20 World Cup in September.
On the 31-run victory over India
In the middle of our innings, India bowled well and pulled the run-rate back. I thought 170 was more than a par score and once we got [Virender] Sehwag out and a few other early wickets, I thought the game was in our favour at that moment.