IPL 2021: 3 In-form batsmen CSK can target as Josh Hazlewood’s replacement
Instead of going for a like-to-like replacement, CSK might just go for a batsman as they lack a hard hitter.
Updated - Apr 3, 2021 10:37 am
Josh Hazlewood has been one of the best bowlers of this generation. He was purchased by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2020 Auctions for his base price, i.e. two Crore. He played a few games for CSK last year but was still retained for the upcoming IPL season.
What comes as a major shock for CSK and their fans is that Hazlewood has pulled out of IPL 2021 at the eleventh hour. To keep himself fit for the international games, Josh Hazlewood pulled out his name on the day when the bunch of Australian players was slated to arrive in India to take part in the Indian cricket extravaganza. CSK now have to pick a replacement for Josh Hazlewood.
Instead of going for a like-to-like replacement, CSK might just go for a batsman as they lack a hard hitter. This just might be a blessing in disguise for CSK as they already have Lungi Ngidi and Sam Curran as their overseas seamers and need a batsman. Today we shall be taking a look at 3 in-form batsmen CSK can target in place of Josh Hazlewood.
1) Alex Hales
Alex Hales was one of the best T20I players when he used to play for England. He has played 60 T20I games and scored a whopping 1644 runs at an average and strike rate of 31.02 and 136.66 respectively. It is very unfortunate that he isn’t playing for England currently.
Alex Hales has played 6 IPL matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018. In those 6 games, he scored 148 runs at an average and strike rate of 24.67 and 125.42 respectively. However, that was in 2018 and he has improved his batting as well as his game against spin in the last few years.
He has been in superb form in various T20 leagues such as BBL and PSL. Alex Hales might just be the player CSK are looking for. He could either open the innings or even bat at No. 3.