Chennai Super Kings copped a significant blow ahead of IPL 2021 as Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood pulled out of the competition at the last minute. Josh Hazlewood cited the fatigue caused due to the bio-bubble environment as a major reason for opting out. Nevertheless, Chennai Super Kings’ official Twitter handle took a dig at the 30-year old by referring to Cheteshwar Pujara.
While moving from one bio-bubble to another has indeed been exhausting for the cricketers since the COVID-19 pandemic came into being, fans believe the same isn’t the case with Josh Hazlewood. As soon as the New South Wales’ seamer pulled out, he began trending in the social media platforms as people felt Hazlewood pulled out to avoid bowling to Cheteshwar Pujara at the nets.
With Josh Hazlewood and Cheteshwar Pujara holding the wood over each other in Tests, it has become one of the most-talked-about rivalries in the format. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that Pujara has held an upper hand over the Australian seamer due to his dogged resistance in the previous two editions of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Below is Chennai Super Kings’ post on Twitter poking fun at Josh Hazlewood:
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 1, 2021
Josh Hazlewood joined the Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL 2020 for INR 2 crores; however, he only got to play three matches for the franchise. He took only one wicket, but had an impressive economy rate of 6.40. While the Super Kings retained him for the upcoming season, the New South Wales seamer chose to skip the season to spend time with his family and keep himself mentally and physically fit for a gruelling international season ahead.