Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood won’t be a part of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he has pulled out of the tournament. The speedster said that the ‘bubbles and quarantine’ have taken a toll on his body and he would be needing some rest and time with his family before playing for the Aussies in upcoming international assignments.
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) picked him up in the auction for the 2020 edition at his base price of INR 2 crores. But he played only three games where he picked up a solitary wicket. Bearing in mind the task he will have later this year, the speedster decided to give this edition’s IPL a miss.
Hazlewood needing a break
“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,” Hazlewood was quoted as saying on cricket.co.au.
“We’ve got a big winter ahead too. The West Indies is going to be a long tour, with Bangladesh (T20 tour) potentially thrown at the end of that. Then potentially the T20 World Cup leading into the Ashes, so it’s a big 12 months, as it always is with Australia, and I want to give myself the best chance to be mentally and physically ready for that. That’s the decision I’ve made, and it sits pretty well with me,” he added.
Netizens have a funny take on Josh Hazlewood pulling out
In the meantime, the netizens on Twitter have pulled off a hilarious reason as to why Hazlewood withdrew his name from the T20 league. As per the users on the social media platform, Cheteshwar Pujara might have been the reason behind Hazlewood opting out. The duo recently met when India played four Tests against Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year.
During the tour, Pujara batted for long hours and scored 271 runs with three half-centuries to show for his efforts. The social media users, in a hilarious way, believe that Hazlewood relieved himself from bowling to Pujara at the CSK nets after toiling hard in the Test series.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted:
Cheteshwar Pujara throwing Josh Hazlewood out of the IPL 2021 pic.twitter.com/1ZJxWtnZI4
— Aman (@BeInG_a_MaN1) April 1, 2021
The Pujara-Hazlewood joke was funny when it first came out.
Now it’s part of folklore. As are Pujara’s long vigils across the two back-to-back series wins.
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) April 1, 2021
Josh Hazlewood opts out of IPL 2021…
— Bibhu (@Bibhu237) April 1, 2021
Hazlewood pulled out of IPL and Pujara is trending 🤷🏻#IPL2021
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) April 1, 2021
Josh Hazlewood withdrawing from Chennai makes Chennai poorer for sure given he is one of the world's premier fast bowlers. However, my sneaky suspicion is that he couldn't stand another month bowling to Pujara in the nets. #IPL2021
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) April 1, 2021
* mark wood to join CSK in place of Josh Hazlewood *
“ hey, Josh Hazlewood ! Why are you withdrawing from IPL 2021 , it’s just a team mate “
The teammate : ⬇️
— Meme xD (@Meme__xD) April 1, 2021
CSK intentionally bought Pujara in auction so that Hazlewood pulls out and then Mark Wood can replace him . 4D chess
— Aman (@BeInG_a_MaN1) April 1, 2021
Hazlewood after seeing pujara in nets…..
— Thilageswaran k (@Thilageswaran20) April 1, 2021
Did CSK realize they shouldn't have retained Josh Hazlewood? Is that why they bought Pujara in the auction? #IPL2021
— Shubh Aggarwal (@shubh_chintak) March 31, 2021
Josh Hazlewood has opted out of #IPL2021.
— CricBlog ✍ (@cric_blog) April 1, 2021
Now whole day people will make Pujara Hazlewood joke 😴
— Jay (@kyasekyahogaya_) March 31, 2021
Josh Hazlewood pulls out of IPL 2021 cause he has to bowl to PUJARA
le pujara :- pic.twitter.com/fokm5Ln1dV
— AKM_007 (@AKM0078) April 1, 2021
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