CSK ran through troubled waters in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League. The three-time IPL champions struggled to win games as they lost more games than the total number of wins.
MS Dhoni-led team won 6 games but surrendered at the hands of the opposition as many as 8 times. Chennai Sper Kings failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in history. Nobody really saw this coming from the consistent team in IPL.
CSK were stuttering at the bottom of the points table most of the time. However, they rose to the occasion and won the last three games on the trot. Hence, they signed off the league stage with a seventh-place finish.
However, CSK will not be looking to make the same mistake again this time around. The return of talismanic southpaw adds a dimension to CSK’s batting attack. They are destined to fire all cylinders to deliver the much-needed amends.
CSK pacer Josh Hazlewood pulls out of IPL 2021
CSK suffered a big blow ahead of the next season after Josh Hazlewood made up his decision to pull out of the tournament. The Australian pacer was picked up by the CSK management in the IPL Player Auction ahead of the 2020 season.
Nonetheless, the right-arm quick played just 3 games where he took 1 wicket to his name. Hazlewood’s last-minute decision has just made things quite complicated for the CSK. The right-arm pacer revealed the reason behind his decision to quit the competition.
While speaking to cricket.com.au, the 30-year-old pacer told: “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.”
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Hazlewood further added that the forthcoming months are tightly packed over national duties. He further added that he wants to keep himself fit for marquee tournaments like T20 World Cup and the Ashes.
Earlier, Josh Philippe and Mitchell Marsh pulled out of the IPL 2021. Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad named replacement to avoid last-minute tension.
Finn Allen and Jason Roy have come into RCB and SRH squads. Earlier, a verified stated that Alex Hales would be joining CSK as a replacement for Josh Hazlewood. As it turned out, the verified Twitter handle played a prank on its fans and followers on the first of April.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Vishwanathan came up with the latest update on Hazlewood. While speaking to WION, CSK CEO said no decision has been made over Josh Hazlewood’s replacement. He said: “We haven’t decided anything on Josh Hazlewood’s replacement. We are yet to discuss it.”