IPL 2021: 5 Players who can replace Josh Hazlewood in CSK

IPL 2021: 5 Players who can replace Josh Hazlewood in CSK

Josh Hazlewood has pulled out of IPL 2021.

Josh Hazlewood
Josh Hazlewood. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Chennai Super Kings had a forgettable IPL season last year. In one of the most competitive editions of the tournament, they failed to reach the playoffs for the first time. Adding on, a series of poor performances by the key players never helped the team’s cause. Now, in the upcoming season, the fans are hoping for a better show from the men in yellow.

Last year, the first blow to the CSK camp was Suresh Raina’s decision to not participate in the 13th edition of the league. Being a key player, the team suffered as most of the batsmen lacked intent. Only a couple of players were able to perform up to the mark. One of them was Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood was up to the mark during the previous season. With an economy rate of 6.40 and the best bowling figure of 1/19, he was one of the few economical bowlers of the CSK squad. Josh, however, has decided to skip this edition of the IPL. Well, this might open up a window of opportunity for few players.

Here is a list of five players who might replace Josh Hazelwood in the upcoming season: 

5. Oshane Thomas

Oshane Thomas has played for RR before in IPL.
Oshane Thomas. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Oshane Thomas was a regular member of the West Indies limited-overs squad during the year 2018. He is tall and he can generate raw pace, which can unsettle any batsman. He made it to the headlines after his match-winning performance in a CPL encounter in 2017. And this paved the way for Thomas to make it to the national squad. 

Thomas has been an effective bowler. In ODIs, he has picked up 27 wickets of the 20 matches he has played. In T20Is, he has picked up 18 wickets with a five-wicket haul to his name. Thomas was part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise before. 

In the IPL, he has played only 4 matches. During his career, he has picked up 5 wickets with the best bowling figures of 2/6. As Josh Hazlewood has decided to skip this edition of the IPL, it will be an opportunity of a lifetime for Thomas if he gets picked.