Former Australian leg-spinner Brad Hogg has reckoned that Chennai Super Kings [CSK] would not be unfazed by the unexpected departure of his fellow Aussie pacer Josh Hazlewood as they have enough players in their set-up to replace him.
Josh Hazlewood, on Thursday, pulled out of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League [IPL] citing bubble-fatigue issues in order to keep himself fresh for the grueling International season.
In a statement, Josh Hazlewood said-
“It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times, so I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months. We’ve got a big winter ahead too. The West Indies is going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh T20 tour potentially thrown on the end of that,” cricket.com.au quoted Hazlewood as saying.
“Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading into the Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months, as it always is with Australia, and I want to give myself the best chance to be mentally and physically ready for that. That’s the decision I’ve made, and it sits pretty well with me,” he added.
Reacting to the development, Brad Hogg said that the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings wouldn’t be overly bothered by the departure of Josh Hazlewood as one man doesn’t make a team.
Hogg said that CSK already have a readymade replacement in the form of South African bolter Lungisani Ngidi.
“CSK had a brilliant bowling lineup with Hazlewood in it, but one man doesn’t make a team, Ngidi will fill that void with the Australian pulling out. #CSK looking fairly strong this year. #IPL2021,” tweeted Brad Hogg.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) April 1, 2021
Hazlewood, who was picked by CSK ahead of the 2020 IPL, represented the franchise in just three matches last year and he would have anyway competed with the likes of Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, and Moeen Ali for the overseas slot.
The 14th season of the IPL will kickstart on April 09 when RCB locks horns with defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Chepauk.
CSK, on the other hand, will commence their campaign against the Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10. The MS Dhoni-led franchise is, however, yet to announce the replacement for Josh Hazlewood in their squad.