Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg on his Youtube channel revealed how captain Ricky Ponting and wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist hatched a plan to help him in his battles against the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar in 2007.
“There was a moment when Gilchrist and Ponting actually came up and asked me to bowl wrong ones to him. They said what if we keep bowling the wrong ones to leg stump and try to use the minimal footmark outside and try and bamboozle to tie him up," Hogg told Harmison on the latter's show 'Test of Time' on YouTube.
“I said 'look… I'm not comfortable with that. I want to keep bowling my leggies. To bowl wrong ones all the time ball after the ball is quite difficult. So I pulled out of that and I just tried to bowl a little bit quicker and tighter and hoped that I could tie the run rate down but he was a test… Sachin Tendulkar,” he added.
Hogg then revealed that he got Tendulkar out only once in his career and when he went up to the right-hand batsman to sign the ball, the former batsman wrote 'Never happening again, mate' on the ball.
“I only got him out once in my career. I got him to sign it. 'Never happening again'… and it never did. He made sure in that Test series that it was never going to happen again and he just wanted to show his authority,” the former Australia cricketer said.
“I think that's what separates the great batsmen from the not-so-great at Test level. They know when there's the opportunity when to pounce on the weakness of the opposition,” he added.
As far as Brad Hogg is concerned, the Left-arm chinaman represented Australia in 7 Tests, 124 ODIs and 15 T20Is with 181 wickets to his name across formats.