Kolkata: Brad Hogg on Tuesday lamented retiring from international cricket back in 2008 with just seven Tests and 123 ODIs under his belt. Hogg was just beginning to grow after being in the shadow of the legendary Shane Warne when family issues forced him to quit.
The 45-year-old said that he could have continued to play for a few more years in international cricket, but failed to do so because of personal issues.
When asked what keeps him going, he said, “The passion of wanting to play. I had retired in 2008 had three years out of the game. And to then have the opportunity of coming back and do what you love, I don’t take it for granted. I have the same passion like a 5 year old kid who dreams to play for Australia.”
“T20 has evolved. It has changed, given new lease of life to cricket, lease of life to me. I do regret quitting in 2008. I had the Test spot then, but had some family issues and I retired. I wish I didn’t because the marriage didn’t survive. But now I have a new partner who is constantly pushing me, telling me to play as long as I can. Maybe till 50 (laughs).”
Speaking about his training regime, he said, “I try and do everything a day and have two days off a week. I have five days where in an hour and a half I really go hard to make sure the fitness is there. Once you stop you lose it.”
Hogg, currently enjoing his stint with the Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), said he relishes the competition from teammate Sunil Narine, adding that they push each other to perform better.
If Narine is drafted into the playing XI for KKR on Wednesday against Mumbai Indians, Hogg is likely to sit out. The former Australian bowler however, had a great outing with the ball in the last game, picking up figures of 3/19 from his four overs.
“It is a team game and we all play a part, and when we get our chance we have to do it right. It’s good having Sunil here too. We put pressure on each other to perform and it is good, respectful competition between us,” Hogg said at the pre-match media conference here on Tuesday.
“It is a confidence thing with Sunil with the new action. I was facing some balls last year and he was perfect. He is a class act. We know that he can do it legitimately. He was missed in the T20 World Cup, so nice to have him back.”
Hogg stated that his job was to create an energy in the dressing room so that the body language of the players remains positive and also lauded Narine as a ‘class act’.
“He (Narine) is a class bowler. It has been disappointing for him with what happened with his action. He is part and parcel of the unit. As individuals you try hard and you want to be out in the park. If I am not playing and he takes my spot, I will try and create the energy in the change rooms to make sure every ones up for the challenge. I can’t afford to be quiet in the dressing room because that is going to have an impact on the others,” he said.