Australian cricketer Josh Hazlewood has decided to opt-out of IPL 2021 citing bubble fatigue issues and international schedule post the IPL. Hazlewood is part of the Chennai Super Kings in the tournament. The Australia pacer cited that he wants to be mentally and physically ready for Australia’s upcoming tournaments against West Indies, Bangladesh, ICC T20 World Cup, and The Ashes.
In response, Chennai Super Kings responded that the franchisee will take a decision for his replacement in the coming days. Last season in IPL 2020, left-arm pacer Hazlewood played 3 matches for Chennai Super Kings where he remained wicket-less. As Josh Hazlewood exits from IPL 2021, here we look at 5 players who can replace Josh Hazlewood in Chennai Super Kings.
IPL 2021: 5 Players Who Can Replace Josh Hazlewood In Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Tim Southee is a good option to replace Josh Hazlewood as he has earlier played for Chennai Super Kings. The New Zealand pacer went unsold in IPL 2021 auction at his base price of Rs. 75 lakh. He has played in 7 IPL tournaments since IPL 2011, in which he has scalped 28 wickets in 40 matches. In IPL 2011, Southee played for Chennai Super Kings. He was part of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2014 and IPL 2015. Later, he moved to Mumbai Indians in IPL 2016 and IPL 2017. Royal Challengers signed him in IPL 2018 and IPL 2019.