Chennai Super Kings find themselves in trouble as their seamer Josh Hazelwood has pulled out of the upcoming Indian Premier League 2021. With less than a week to go for the tournament, the CSK camp is frantically searching for a replacement.
Fatigue from Bio-Bubbles the Main Reason
Hazelwood cited bio-secure blue fatigue as the reason to not participate in the league this season. Many players are undoubtedly starting to feel the pinch of constantly playing in bio-bubbles and are in need of some reprieve.
Just last week, Mitchell Marsh chose not to play in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad this year, for the exact same reason. Virat Kohli too has mentioned that fatigue from these bio-bubbles poses a rather serious problem and many players may feel overwhelmed by it.
Hazelwood’s exit means Chennai Super Kings need to find a suitable replacement but there may not be many takers.
As per the reports, the CSK camp approached the Australian pacer Billy Stanlake and England’s Reece Topley, but both of them turned down the offer due to Covid-19 concerns in India.
As things stand, Lungi Ngidi is the only other big name in the bowling department but he will be available only after his fulfilling his committments with the South African National Team.
The likes of Dwayne Bravo and Moeen Ali also serve as viable options. Meanwhile, hopes will also be high from the likes of Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja.
Long Road to Glory
Chennai Super Kings had a disastrous spell last year. It was their first season on record where the three-time champions did not reach the playoffs at all in their 11 seasons in the IPL.
In fact, they finished in seventh place in the table with a net run rate of negative 0.455, winning just 6 of their 14 matches. Moreover, many even believe that the team is quite ‘aged’ with their average squad age being 30 years.
As evident from last season, experience alone may not be enough to get them the wins.
That said, the players who are on the team right now are brimming with talent. With some right guidance, they can find their winning ways again.
CSK will face Delhi Capitals on Sunday, April 10, in their IPL opener.