Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood was one of the wreckers-in-chief on the third day of the opening Test in Adelaide as the hosts completed a remarkable turnaround to win the first Test by eight wickets. Along with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood demolished India’s batting line-up before their batsmen chased down a modest target of 90. With Virat Kohli set to miss the next three Tests, Hazlewood feels it will leave a gaping hole in the tourists’ line-up.
Indian captain Virat Kohli, who had scores of 74 and 4 in Adelaide, will skip the last three Tests to return home for the impending birth of his first child. The 32-year old’s absence will undoubtedly leave a void in India’s batting line-up as Kohli is the most experienced and arguably one of their ace batsmen. The Indian team collapsed for 36 in their second innings after being ahead by 62 runs at the end of the second day.
Josh Hazlewood opines that getting bowled out for 36 will undeniably create headaches for India and Virat Kohli leaving will aggravate it. While the 29-year old understands that the tourists have plenty of class players; however, none would match their Indian captain’s.
“Getting all out on 36 will leave few headaches here and there and obviously Virat leaving so there will be a hole but they have got class batters on sidelines to come in, obviously not of Virat’s class,” Hazlewood said as quoted by Times Now.
It’s a lot different wicket with the pink ball than Melbourne: Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood further said that things would change a lot while bowling with the red ball in Melbourne in the second Test; hence, it would be a fresh start for batsmen and bowlers. The New South Wales player commented that India has top-notch players in their bench and that it feels delighted to be one up after being one down in the 2018/19 series.
“It’s going to be different. It’s a lot different wicket with the pink ball than Melbourne, so it is going to be a fresh start for both batters and bowlers. Obviously, there will be a player coming in for Virat. They have quite class players on the bench, to be honest. So good players will come in and will be having plans for them no doubt. It’s great to be one up rather than one down as were last time here. Next Test with the red ball will be a fresh start on a different wicket,” he added.